“You have to treat the root of the problem, and not just operate on the symptoms,” explained Ebbem, a Norwegian medical student and my seatmate on a recent flight from Oslo to Amsterdam. “When I did my psychiatric rotations in northern Norway, I would ask people ‘How are you today?’ and they would talk for great lengths and detail about everything that was bothering them. It was as if no one had ever asked them ‘How are you today?’ It was clear they had a lot to get off their chest. It helped that I was an outsider who they had never met and had no long-term presence in their community.”
Men in the middle years — that is, men between the ages of 35 to 64 — make up less than a fifth of the U.S. population. They also account for 40 percent of suicides.
As I mentioned in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Spark Talk video, because of the large number of people in this demographic and its high rate of suicide, it will not be possible to reduce the overall number of suicides in the U.S. unless the MIMY suicide rate drops.
This week, I have a personal call to action: Asking your state Representatives to support SHB 1047, the secure drug take-back bill. In order to stay alive, this bill (now in the House Rules Committee) needs to be pulled from Rules and receive a floor vote by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8.
With enough phone calls and emails to legislators, this will happen!
More adolescents than ever are struggling with their mental health. While not a shock, this reality comes with concerns: How do we help adolescents? How do we fix mental health issues? Where do we target adolescents who need the help? The Boston Herald’s Kathleen McKiernan investigates the answers that we as a community so desperately need in Special Report: Schools face surge in suicide attempts.
It's rare to find a person who can accurately and meaningfully describe the unique agony of someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In fact, it takes someone who has known that pain first-hand. Kristen Spexarth knows it from the loss of her son, Colby, and she has bravely and lovingly found the words to describe her journey—beautiful, wise words that are a balm to me and to many other suicide loss survivors.
Many innovations, like Play-Doh and mouthwash, were originally designed for one purpose only to have a profound impact in another arena. Such is the case with Crisis Text Line, a non-profit which launched in 2013 with the text messaging-savvy younger generation in mind.
Three recent encounters left me musing about the importance of empathy and emotional well-being in the lives of those we love and touch.
Facebook, the 1.6 billion member social network giant, is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide, The New York Times reports. Both Forefront and our faculty director Jennifer Stuber, are mentioned prominently in the story about this endeavor.
I found out my husband Matt died by suicide, five years ago, at 9:30 in the morning. I had just dropped off my 5-year-old son at school. Nobody in my life had ever died this way before. I was in shock. I had no idea what to do. My chief concern at that grief-stricken moment was what to tell my kindergartener at 3:30 when I picked him up from school.