Talking about Suicide

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We need to talk openly and honestly about suicide. Please check your triggers before reading this post. Image by Pixabay, free for commercial use image.

The real truth about suicide is not that suicide rates are on the rise, but that it has been rising for some time now.  If people did not notice before, they are paying attention now.

With the recent deaths by suicide of American designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and culture journalist Anthony Bourdain, Social Media is gawking about why such apparently successful people would take their lives. Did they struggle with depression? Were there clues and signs given? And perhaps more important to those who live in fear that their loved ones will choose to take their own lives, could these suicides have been prevented?

Because I believe in honest and non-judgmental talk about suicide, the following post is a balance between understanding the statistics around the 10th highest cause of death in the United States, the care that providers are bound to give by license, and the personal experiences of this therapist, with any incidences or persons anonymized and depersonalized to protect the privacy of others.

Please check  your own triggers before reading the rest of this post.

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