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It Takes More than a Village: World Suicide Prevention Day, 2013

It Takes More than a Village: World Suicide Prevention Day, 2013

Written by on September 8, 2013 in All Posts, Misc, Suicide Prevention with 1 Comment

Suicide knows no boundaries. It triggers anguish and loss in every country in the world. Overall, almost 1 million people a year die by suicide, including almost 40,000 in the United States. More people die by suicide every year than from wars and homicides combined.  There was a time when suicide was almost universally considered […]

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The Military, Veterans, and Suicide

The Military, Veterans, and Suicide

On today, Memorial Day, I sadly note the dramatic increase in suicides among troops and veterans over the last decade or so. In a recent article, the New York Times reported devastating statistics: In 2002, the suicide rate among soldiers was roughly 10 per 100,000. Now the rate is 80% higher, at 18 per 100,000. […]

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Written by on May 23, 2013 in All Posts, Misc, Treatments with 1 Comment

You are driving on the freeway, going 70 miles an hour, and someone cuts you off abruptly. You stomp on the brakes to avoid having a deadly accident. There is a wide range of reactions you could have: You might think, “That jerk, he almost killed me!” You feel very angry. You might think, “Thank […]

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Language about Suicide (Part 2): Who are Suicide Survivors?

Language about Suicide (Part 2): Who are Suicide Survivors?

UPDATE May 27, 2014: I have updated this post, to say that I no longer agree with the definitions below. Please see the post, “Wait, Who Is a Suicide Survivor Again?” I am leaving this post up because I’m told by bloggers far more experienced than I that you should never remove a post, only […]

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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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