World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, Sunday, September 10, 2017 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Started in 2003, this day is meant to educate the public about causes of suicide and how to help prevent it. Every year some 40,000 Americans take their own lives, and there are up to 25 times as many who attempt suicide or are overcomeContinue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day”

I Spoke Too Soon

…about never having known someone who committed suicide. I have now. What’s worse is, he took his family with him. Lord knows I understand what kind of desperation it takes to follow through on the urge to self-destruct, but for someone to go into rooms and summarily execute his spouse and children, one by one…well, I can’t even wrap my head aroundContinue reading “I Spoke Too Soon”

Suicide Is Painless

…or so went the theme song to TV’s M*A*S*H*. Truth is, it’s painless only for the one who completes it; for everyone left in its wake, it’s a clusterf##k of epic proportions. A friend of mine discovered this recently when a close relative, an untreated bipolar who was having marital problems, suddenly and shockingly took hisContinue reading “Suicide Is Painless”

Not With A Bang, But A Whimper

I don’t usually get all maudlin and soppy when a celebrity dies, but the death of Robin Williams has hit me unexpectedly hard. Maybe it’s because he was “one of us”, suffering from depression and addiction despite all the advantages of his wealth and fame. He was also reported to have had bipolar disorder according toContinue reading “Not With A Bang, But A Whimper”