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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peer support – part 4 – research

In prior posts I have provided a basic intro to peer support, some highlights from its history, and theories related to how it can contribute to suicide prevention. The next step is to provide research evidence that provide the foundation for describing this as a promising practice worthy of investment. Note: As described here and consistent with others, a “promising practice” is a program or other intervention that has the potential to effectively address suicidal…

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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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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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Are they at higher risk for suicide?

Maybe you’re a little concerned about someone, but you don’t think it is a crisis yet.  What should you be looking for? There has been a lot of research on what may be tied to suicide.  In research they are called “risk factors.” In general, the more risk factors someone has, the greater the chance that they may become suicidal.  The risk factors can be divided into short term and long term risk.  Long term risk can be…

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A letter for you

If YOU are in crisis right now, please read this letter If I was in your position I would find it hard to believe that somebody I didn’t know would want to talk to me.  Yet, I really do. I wish I knew your name so that I could make this more personal.  I wish I could be there with you right now so that you could see the sincerity in my tear-filled eyes as…

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