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
Imagine a young man. He’s in his early 20s. He had a good childhood with supportive parents and is attending an elite university. His grades are excellent. He has friends and a long-term girlfriend. He’s never struggled with depression or been addicted to drugs. His future is bright.
Still, his plate is full and he is stressed. His family chalks this up to the workload of a college student who will one day go on to do big things. Instead, one day he becomes another...read more
As kids, some of us grew up with myths: Bloody Mary, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and so on, but one myth that people of all ages have grown up with is the myth that suicide peaks during the holidays. Even though this myth has been proven wrong, it is still told by many people and many news sources. And although myths like Bloody Mary, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster are arguably harmless to share even though they are false, myths about suicide are dangerous to...read more
After several media outlets latched onto the news of Sinead O’Connor’s Facebook posts about suicidal intentions and family strife, at least one reporter shunned sensationalism and took the high road toward suicide prevention. International Business Times technology reporter Kerry Flynn used the flurry of attention as a news peg to report...read more
It rose briefly in the news media last month that Gloria Darden, mother of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died last spring while in custody by Baltimore police, had attempted to take her own life. Darden was admitted to a local hospital on Oct. 21 with injuries indicating a suicide attempt, according to news sources including The Washington Post. She is expected to survive.
Just weeks earlier, the city of Baltimore had settled with Gray’s family for $6.4 million, and six officers now face trial over Gray’s death. The family appeared to have received a modicum of justice....read more