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Learning to Hope after 30 Years of Depression and a Suicide Attempt

Written byShannon ParkinonDecember 1, 2021inAll Posts with25 Comments

In May of 2015, I jumped in front of a Metro train in Silver Spring, Maryland. I wanted to die. Somehow, I survived. I don’t remember my suicide attempt or the initial six weeks of my recovery.  My first memory is when my daughter, Greta, visited me in the hospital. Just two days earlier, Greta […]

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Speak of Suicide with Thousands of Readers

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonDecember 1, 2021inAll Posts with15 Comments

Do you have a story you’d like to share about your experiences with suicidal thoughts, a suicide attempt, suicide loss — or about helping someone who’s had those experiences? My website Speaking of Suicide is now accepting guest posts. Personal Stories Your personal stories could address experiences with: Coping with suicidal thoughts Surviving a suicide […]

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Therapists, Suicide, & Stigma: My Story

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonSeptember 10, 2021inAll Posts with15 Comments

A phone call at three in the morning comes as a siren, especially when you work at a crisis hotline. I was alone. Newly awakened, lying in a pull-down Murphy bed in the university counseling center, I pressed the phone against my ear. “I have a bottle of pills, and I want to take them […]

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Reaction to the President of the American Association of Suicidology’s Letter of Resignation

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonAugust 30, 2021inAll Posts, Mental Health Professionals, Misc, Suicide Prevention with14 Comments

On August 30, 2021, Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, announced his resignation from the presidency of the American Association of Suicidology. At his request, I posted his resignation letter here in order to make the letter accessible to as many people as possible. On Sept. 14, he asked me to remove the letter, and I did. […]

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To Whom It May Concern: The American Association of Suicidology

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonAugust 16, 2021inAll Posts, Misc, Suicide Prevention with30 Comments

Update 8/18/21: AAS posted a response today to the letter below. You can find their response here. The American Association of Suicidology has been through a lot of turmoil. Earlier this summer, the national non-profit fired its executive director and didn’t tell any of its members until somebody else posted about it on Twitter […]

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The Pandemic, Suicide Rates, and Social Isolation

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonDecember 30, 2020inAll Posts with48 Comments

We don’t know if suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up since Covid-19 first spread around the country, but it’s not hard to find reports of people whose suicides seem indelibly linked to the pandemic. There’s Dr. Lorna Breen, the ER physician in New York City who worked 18-hour days in the height of […]

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Do You Wish You Could Go to Sleep and Never Wake Up?

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonJanuary 10, 2020inAll Posts, If You Think of Suicide..., Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide, Terminology with729 Comments

“If only I could go to sleep forever.” “I want to die.” “I wish I’d never been born.” Do you ever have thoughts like these, and you do not want to kill yourself? Many people do. They want their life to end, but they don’t want to end their life. If you’re one of those […]

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12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonJanuary 20, 2019inAll Posts, Hope and Healing, If You Think of Suicide..., Psychotherapy, Treatments with34 Comments

Many people who have suicidal thoughts or other challenges need psychotherapy, but cannot afford it. There are options, though, for receiving therapy without giving up other necessities or going into debt. Here are a dozen: 1. Contact your health insurance company, if you have insurance. Most health insurance companies in the U.S. are required to […]

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Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonJune 14, 2018inAll Posts, Friends and Family, Mental Health Professionals, Parents, Stigma, Suicide with118 Comments

In a week when two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide within days of each other, so did hundreds of other people in the U.S. One of them was named Flinn, a classmate of mine in high school. On Flinn’s public Facebook page, an outpouring of sympathetic posts, one after the other, […]

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In Defense of Suicide Prevention

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonFebruary 28, 2018inAll Posts, Misc, Suicide, Suicide Prevention with143 Comments

Many of this site’s readers send me angry emails or texts. They post challenging comments. Some are so passionately opposed to suicide prevention that they resort to harassment. I have received threatening missives and phone calls from numerous people. Some urge me to kill myself. A common argument is that people should be free to […]

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Is It Selfish to Die in a Tornado?

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonOctober 28, 2015inAll Posts, Misc, Stigma with34 Comments

People who die in tornadoes are so selfish. They have people who love them, people who will be hurt terribly if they die. Yet they die anyway. People who die in tornadoes are thinking only of themselves. They take the easy way out when they refuse to overcome the storm. They don’t care that their […]

Letter from a Therapist to a Suicidal Person

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonMay 1, 2014inAll Posts, Hope and Healing, If You Think of Suicide..., Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide, Treatments with426 Comments

When you come to me for help, I want to help you. I hope you will let me. I cannot know your secrets without your words. I hope you will tell me. Tell me, please, your thoughts of suicide. You might feel scared to tell me When I ask you if you are thinking of suicide. I […]

Coping with the Suicide of a Loved One

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonMay 29, 2013inAll Posts, Friends and Family, Suicide Loss Survivors with13 Comments

The grief, loss, and bewilderment following the suicide of a loved one can be overwhelming. Many reactions are common, ranging from everything from shock to anger to self blame to considering suicide for yourself.  There are questions, so many questions. “Why?” “What if…?” “What could I have done?” And there are few, if any answers. […]

If You Suspect a Friend or Loved One is Thinking of Suicide

Written byStacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSWonApril 12, 2013inAdolescents, All Posts, Friends and Family, Parents with5 Comments

You are walking with your best friend and she steps into the street without looking, forcing a car to swerve around her. You say, “Oh my God, you almost got killed,” and she says, “It wouldn’t matter anyway if I were dead.” Your son is home from college for spring break and has barely left his room. […]

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About the Author

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is the author of the book Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals. Dr. Freedenthal also is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice. For more information, click here.


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