suicide prevention

Why We Lost a Lovable Genius: The Hidden Enemy in Suicide

I’ve spent 30 years working in the field of suicide prevention. Still, it never gets easier or less shocking to process a tragedy like that of Robin Williams’ death. I didn’t know him, but Williams possessed the sort of warmth, humor, presence and vulnerability that made most of us feel like he was a friend. He was lovable… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Non-Verbal Communication in Treating Suicidal Patients

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore discusses the non-verbal communications critical to affecting outcomes in therapy with suicidal patients.  Dr. Allan Schore: Just for the record, we’re not talking here about anxiety and guilt.  Anxiety and guilt are kind of left (brain).  We’re talking about affects which are, have… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Key Factors in Treating Suicidal Individuals

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes key factors in treating suicidal individuals, particularly the therapists’ capacity for affect tolerance.  Dr. Allan Schore: The principle of affective communication goes on throughout the lifespan.  So just as the centrality to be able to communicate one’s internal affective states to another… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Shame in Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the role of shame in the roots of suicide.   Dr. Allan Schore: I do not feel that suicide is about guilt.  It’s about something much deeper, much more fundamental.  Shame of course is not verbal.  It’s visually being seen in the… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Effective Suicide Prevention and Early Attachment

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore explains that effective suicide prevention is contingent upon addressing the mother infant dyad in the first year of life. Dr. Allan Schore: The links between early development and later either resiliency or later vulnerability to psychopathology now are really locking in place.  I… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Psycho-Biological Nature of Suicidality

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore explains the psycho-biological nature of suicidality.  Dr. Allan Schore: Now in cases whereby you have early severe attachment problems, such as neglect and abuse, again, this will alter the trajectory of the right (brain) over time.  And it will affect some of the… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Roots of Suicide and Early Attachment

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the roots of suicide and the effect of early attachment on brain development.  Dr. Allan Schore:  As you’re well aware, the observations of the early lives of people who go on to make suicide attempts has been studied for some… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Paradigm Shift in Addressing Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes the current paradigm shift in addressing suicide.  Dr. Allan Shore: We are in the midst of a paradigm shift. I mean things are really shifting and changing here, and the interactions now between science on the one hand and clinical practice, are… Read more »

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Preventing Suicide: Effective Treatments

I’ve been in the field of suicide prevention for almost 30 years. When I started out as a psychologist, there were no empirically valid treatments for suicidal people, in part, because many studies of mental health disorders actually excluded suicidal subjects. In addition, the treatments for suicidality often targeted the conditions believed to be underlying… Read more »

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How You Can Help Prevent a Suicide

With better education and awareness about suicide prevention, lives can be saved. September’s National Suicide Prevention Month sheds light on a subject all too often avoided in our society. Suicide affects millions of people each year. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control…. Read more »

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