Peer Support – Part 1 – Basics

There have been questions from multiple sources about recommendations about use of peers in suicide prevention that are included in The Way Forward, released by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This sparked the series of posts that will present my perspective on the topic. To begin, it seemed right to begin with some basics about what I’m referring to by “peer supports.” What is a peer? A…

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Body, Mind, and Change

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living – Gail Sheehy Thinking about relationships a lot recently, and particularly about changes. If our mind and body are integrally connected then what applies to the body should also apply to the mind, right? [also see Holistic Medicine]. Because we know that our bodies change pretty radically over time, and to some extent we know the brain/mind does –…

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Lessons from Autumn Trees

We should be more like trees. At least in terms of self-care. I watch the leaves lose their greens, transform into yellows and oranges and pink and red. Then they fall. Why? What next? There will be less sunshine in the Winter. Why waste the energy trying to get energy from the sun? It is better to reserve the energy at the core, the body, the roots. The rest? The branches and twigs. Some can…

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suicidal temporal relativity – why small acts matter

Reach Out. Check In. Save a Life.

According to one site, the horse-fly top speed is 145 kph (90 mph) – yes, really – but if we were that size, traveling at that speed, it would feel like 6,525 kph (4,054 mph). It would feel faster than supersonic flight. The experience of things depends on the context – size, place, and time. Time, for me, is especially interesting because of it’s relationship to suicidal thinking. One experimental research study with college students…

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