Speak of Suicide with Thousands of Readers

Written by on December 1, 2021 in All Posts with 10 Comments

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Do you have a story you’d like to share about your experiences with suicidal thoughts, a suicide attempt, suicide loss — or about helping someone who’s had those experiences? My website Speaking of Suicide is now accepting guest posts.

Personal Stories

Your personal stories could address experiences with:

  • Coping with suicidal thoughts
  • Surviving a suicide attempt
  • Losing a loved one to suicide
  • Being in a relationship (romantic, parenting, or otherwise) with someone with suicidal thoughts
  • Working as a therapist, hotline counselor, or other helper for people with suicidal thoughts
  • Other stories you’ve lived that it could help others – and you – to share. (In keeping with the site’s focus, your story should be related to suicide or suicidality in some way.)

Opinion Pieces

If you want to write an essay about your views related to suicide and its prevention, possible topics could include:

  • Ways to help other people not only stay alive, but want to stay alive
  • The pros and cons of suicide prevention efforts today (including involuntary hospitalization, therapists’ duty to protect, and more)
  • The power of pets to help prevent suicide. Especially cats. (Just sayin’.)
  • OK, dogs, too.
  • Really, just about anything goes, as long as you abide by the Comments Policy. Which reminds me…

Speak of Suicide…within Limits

As I explained in a previous post, there are limits to what I’ll publish on this site. Before you submit something, whether a possible guest post or comment after others’ posts, please review the Comments Policy. You’ll also want to look at the site’s policy on guest articles.

In particular, note that I won’t publish a post that contains or serves as advertising, directly or indirectly, for a commercial venture or company. It probably won’t surprise you to know that I also will turn down anything that encourages or gives instructions on suicide.

Oh, please just read the Comments Policy. There’s lots more I won’t publish, too.

Why Publish on Speaking of Suicide’s site?

Right now the site gets about 25,000-30,000 views a month. (Google changed its algorithm a while back, which seems to have affected traffic; there was a time when 100,000 people a month visited.)

If your guest post is published, I’ll share it on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I’ll share its Google Analytics data with you, so you can see how many people it’s reaching. You’re welcome, too, to respond to comments that people leave.

Why am I Accepting Guest Posts?

There’s so much to say and write about suicide, and I’m just one person with a to-do list longer than a cat’s tail – and that’s just for this afternoon. Right now, I’m writing a book (well, several, but one is due Jan. 1), working as an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and maintaining a small psychotherapy and consulting practice. I also need time to do other things. Like, you know, sleep. And pet cats.

But still, there’s so much that needs to be said and read about suicide. This site has become a fairly large platform, and I’m happy to share it with others who are passionate about helping people touched by suicide in any way.

The Site’s First Guest Post, by Shannon Parkin

The site’s first guest post is Finding Hope After 30 Years of Depression and a Suicide Attempt, by Shannon Parkin. Even though I’ve read Shannon’s account several times already, I still shiver a little when I think about all she’s gone through, all she’s learned, and all she wants to share with others. I think her story will move you, too.

One More Thing

This new experiment with guest posts marks a convergence of my past and present selves. Many years ago, I was a journalist. While in college, I worked in various editing positions at The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas.

I always enjoyed editing, and I’m happy to get that hat out of my basement, dust it off, and put it on again. Even if it does make my hair kinda look funny whenever I wear a hat.

So, if you’re interested, send a query or a piece of your writing to me at speakingofsuicide@gmail.com, and we’ll take it from there. Thanks, all.

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  1. What a wonderful idea. Am I allowed to repost your posts?
    I have a blog called “Stopping Suicide” on WordPress.

    I’ve slowed down a lot on the blog as I am trying to finish my PhD on peer support specialists in suicide prevention.

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Kerri,

      Thanks for asking! You’re welcome to share the first paragraph or two and then link to the full post. If you repost my site’s articles entirely, Google penalizes both of us for having duplicated content.

      I’ll have to check out your site soon. Thanks for letting me know about it. 🙂

  2. Space Ant says:

    How about posting some stories of people who accompanied their loved one to an assisted suicide (in Switzerland or otherwise)?

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Space Ant,

      Thanks for sharing your idea. This is a topic I definitely want to write about when some time opens up. It’s so important. I’m very concerned about “suicide tourism,” as well as the collateral effects it can have on suicide prevention. I suspect that’s not the angle you want me to take, but this is a site dedicated to helping people stay alive (and to helping people have good reasons to stay alive, too).

      • Space Ant says:

        The title of your blog is “Speaking of suicide”, yet your project of guest posts is restricted to those people who want to speak against suicide (or in favor of life). I realize that “Speaking of suicide in the interest of preventing it” is a long and cumbersome title, but that doesn’t make the current title any less misleading.

        • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

          Space Ant,

          Thanks for your input. If you read various posts and comments on my site, you’ll see that I entertain many points of view, including those of people who think suicide shouldn’t be prevented. In particular, you might want to look at the many, many dissenting responses to my post Why Prevent Suicide? Here Are My Reasons.

          I used to be a journalist, and the principles of freedom of speech and entertaining multiple points of view remain strong for me. But, as someone who’s passionate about helping others to resist suicidal urges, I have my limits. While I think the pros and cons of suicide prevention efforts are worthy of rich, diverse discussions, I will not publish material that is explicitly pro-suicide. I explain this more in my post Speaking of Suicide… Within Limits.

          I encourage you to create your own blog at Blogger, WordPress.com or some other platform so you can post whatever you want, just as I can, on mine.

        • Space Ant says:

          Fair enough.

          I apologize for my previous reply; it was a rather petty complaint on my part.

        • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

          Space Ant, thanks, I appreciate that, and I also understand your frustration!

  3. Keven says:

    The inability to maintain a romantic relationship makes you feel worthless and unloved. Somehow you realize you don’t fit, don’t matter, and all your desires simply exist to torture you.

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Keven,

      What tormenting feelings! I’m sorry you’re going through this kind of emotional torture. I know my saying this won’t make you believe it, but I do hope on some level you recognize that being single isn’t a sign of worthiness or lovability. Many horrible people have romantic partners, and many wonderful people don’t. It seems to be more about compatibility than anything else. I hope your thoughts and feelings are kinder to you soon.

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