Mental Health Professionals

Are You Afraid that Asking about Suicidal Thoughts will Anger the Person?

Are You Afraid that Asking about Suicidal Thoughts will Anger the Person?

Many people are afraid to ask a person if he or she is considering suicide, because they fear the person will get angry. The thinking goes, if I ask about suicide, they will assume I think they are crazy or unstable. I have asked dozens and dozens – perhaps even hundreds – of people whether […]

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Won’t People Spontaneously Disclose their Suicidal Thoughts?

Won’t People Spontaneously Disclose their Suicidal Thoughts?

It can be a daunting challenge for someone to bring up suicidal thoughts on their own. One study looked at 100 people who died by suicide the same day that they met with a mental health professional. Of these, only 22% discussed suicide with the professional. Of course, many people who seriously consider suicide do confide in others. […]

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Does Talking about Suicide Plant the Idea in the Person’s Mind?

Does Talking about Suicide Plant the Idea in the Person’s Mind?

People learn about suicide at a very young age. They already know about it, so our asking about it does not give them the idea. Where you worry you may be planting a seed, a large tree has already grown. In case you have doubts, consider a research study  conducted with adolescents. In this study, two […]

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What to Tell Children of a Loved One’s Suicide?

What to Tell Children of a Loved One’s Suicide?

Often, adults agonize over what to tell young children when somebody in the child’s family dies by suicide. The question becomes even more painful when the person who dies by suicide is the mother or father of a young child. Some parents or other family members may want to lie to children about the cause […]

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Language about Suicide (Part 1): The Power of Words

Language about Suicide (Part 1): The Power of Words

Most people in the suicide prevention community are passionate about using language that does not stigmatize those who die by or attempt suicide, or their loved ones. Unfortunately, this language is different from the terms that ordinary folks commonly use. “Committed Suicide” vs. “Died by Suicide” It is not at all uncommon to hear someone […]

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Speaking of Suicide – A New Blog

Speaking of Suicide – A New Blog

Hello, my name is Stacey Freedenthal, and I am excited to start this blog on suicide. I am passionate both about preventing suicide- what one author calls “unnecessary deaths” – and about understanding the intense psychological pain and despair that can drive a person to end their life. I have a lot to say about […]

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