suicide prevention

The Reason Why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Gets it Right on Suicide Prevention (and ’13 Reasons Why’ is Harmfully Misguided)

Rebecca Bunch, the endearingly narcissistic protagonist of the CW comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is a singing/dancing, self-sabotaging feminist hero. But did you know that in addition to provoking laughter, entertainment and intellectual stimulation, the writers of this show are also providing valuable and potentially life-saving mental health content to their viewers? If you haven’t seen the… Read more »

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Suicide Prevention – 10 Questions and Answers

Suicide is a scary topic. But it’s important to know how to talk to someone in crisis. Underestimating this need is a terrible mistake. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds, says the prevention group Do Something.  We can learn to address the needs of people who are suffering so… Read more »

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Be The One To Help Save A Life From Suicide

There’s nothing more frightening than the concern that someone you know may be at risk for suicide. And yet, suicide risk is a much more common crisis than many of us imagine. Worldwide, a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. In the United States, the latest data shows the suicide rate to be at a 30-year-high, having… Read more »

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Suicide in the Media

Recently, suicide has been in the spotlight as the focus of both a fictionalized mini-series about a high-school student and a non-fiction podcast about a middle-aged man from Alabama. Each of these very different, but deeply personalized, accounts of suicide touch on a more widespread tragedy. Suicide has just surpassed homicide as the second leading… Read more »

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After My Suicide Attempt, I Made This Plan to Stay Alive and Well

Trigger warning A single, circular, black and white-colored analog clock adorned the off-white wall. Groggy, my eyes strained then refocused. It was 4 a.m. I had been in limbo overnight waiting for an in-demand, overbooked, cheap wood-framed, rather uncomfortable single bed. It was an early, solemn San Francisco morning: May 1st, 2004. I was 23… Read more »

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Video Interview with Expert Suicidologist Dr. David A. Jobes

David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is an internationally recognized suicidologist. Dr. Lisa Firestone interviewed Dr. Jobes for PsychAlive. The two discussed risk factors leading to suicide, treating suicidal individuals, the CAMS Approach to treating suicide and the importance of making life worth living. You can watch excerpts from the interview below.

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I Want to Die

Each day thousands of people are tormented by the thought, I want to die. If you’ve been having thoughts like this, we want to let you know that you are not alone. Many of us have experienced suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives. However, it is also important for you to know that… Read more »

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Saving Lives From Suicide

This year marked a major milestone for suicide prevention when the Golden Gate Bridge board of directors approved the first funding toward construction of a suicide barrier on the San Francisco landmark. Since its opening in 1937, the bridge has become the single most frequently used suicide spot in the United States and second most… Read more »

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Personal Story of a Life Touched by Suicide

The person who gave this talk at an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk this Fall has asked that the location of the walk and her name be withheld so as not to cause any emotional harm to other family members who are at different points in the recovery and healing… Read more »

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Learn the CPR of Suicide Prevention Webinar Resources

Here you will find resources from Dr. Lisa Firestone’s September 11, 2014 Webinar “Learn the CPR of  Suicide Prevention.” The slides from the presentation, video clips, books, films and additional mentioned resources are all available here. Missed the Webinar? Watch now: See slides from “Learn the CPR of Suicide Prevention” here See a full list of upcoming Webinars… Read more »

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