13 Reasons Why – Follow-up thoughts

13 Reasons Why – Resources In a prior post I provided a link to resources related to the hit Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” (13RW) – and a little while after that, SPRC compiled resources and put together a page of their own. Their list is well organized, and will likely be the “go to” spot for the suicide prevention community. 13 Reasons Why – My experience I promised to provide my honest thoughts about…

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13 Reasons Why – Resources

To be well-informed I’m currently in the process of watching the 13 Reasons Why series on Netflix. I’m about halfway through my viewing marathon. I’ll post my honest thoughts about the series, and the debate that has followed, it in a separate post. However, in the meantime, I’ve pulled together all of talking points and references that I found while combing through one of the main discussion boards of the suicide prevention community (via American…

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Wrestling with addiction

There are times when the enemy that we must confront comes in the form of a demon that was once seen as a friend. It’s easy to understand why someone might turn to alcohol, or to altering the intended use of prescription drugs, or using ‘street drugs.’ There are anxieties to soothe, social worlds to navigate, and hard times where someone just needs some way to make it through. Here I’ve urged seeking help through…

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Finding support among peers

It is often helpful to meet with others who have similar experiences.  In many cases peer help can be found through support groups.  Check out: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) – for people with depression or bipolar disorder National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – for people with a mental illness and their families Attemptsurvivors.com collects information about support groups for people who have lived through a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Narcotics…

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Getting help from therapy

Does talking about problems really help? Yes. Sometimes your quality of life might be lower because you tend to have strong emotional reactions, or maybe you take action without thinking carefully, or you are tend to spend a lot of time alone.  A therapist can suggest ways to control your emotions, or be calmer in stressful situations, or build a support network of trustworthy people.  If you’re at college or graduate school, then an on-campus Counseling…

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Suicide loss resources

It is difficult to lose someone you care about, perhaps even more so when it is by suicide. Here are a few useful sites with information you can use right away: Suicide Loss Survivors page at the American Association of Suicidology, a professional organization that focuses on suicide. Coping with Suicide Loss at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nonprofit for education and research related to suicide. Coping with Loss (by suicide) at Suicide Awareness / Voices of…

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Suicide – not so fast.

If you would like to read what others have to say about some things to think about when you’re in a suicidal crisis, check out Suicide: Read This First. There’s no reason to do something drastic right away.  Why not take a few moments to listen to some other perspectives?  Some people have lived through a suicidal crisis and decided to share their stories with you. The wonderful sites Talking About Suicide, Live Through This, and…

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