Postings from January 2016
I lost my mother to a postpartum mood disorder when I was 2 years old. Two years is longer than many children have with mothers who suffer from such disorders and end up killing themselves — and, of course, the time leading up to their deaths is fraught with difficulties, for the mothers and their newborns.
Such is the power of ignorance, taboo and liability concerns that even doctors have feared broaching the subject of postpartum depression and other mood...read more
As many people have heard, there’s a new movie about Japan’s suicide forest called “The Forest.” Although some may like it, there are controversies over how the movie sensationalizes suicide—and how it presents people taking their lives.
Suicide is something that people need to take seriously as an issue, not something to fictionalize over at the movie theater.
"The Forest" is a horror movie about a girl who goes to Japan to find her missing twin sister inside the "...read more
David Brooks’ [Jan. 8, 2016, NewsHour] comments on the potential impact of gun violence legislation were misleading and dismissive about suicide gun deaths. His comment that "the only difference that gun legislation might make was...read more
It has been more than 20 years since Washington became one of the first states in the nation to develop a Youth Suicide Prevention Plan. Still, too many Washingtonians have died as a result of suicide in these 20 years. Between 1995 and 2014, Washington lost 17,057 citizens to suicide. The vast majority of these deaths occurred among adults. In 2014 there were...read more
We’ve heard a lot of public talk this week about curbing gun violence. President Obama and Washington’s Gov. Inslee both announced executive actions aimed at reducing firearm fatalities and injuries through improved background checks and other means. Both also made the often-overlooked point that most gun deaths are suicides. It was good to hear this sad truth finally...read more