Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, LCSW, Author

Content Warning: This article talks about suicide and suicide prevention in general terms. I would like to start off by thanking Stacey for her patience with me. We met a while ago, and I have not been able to make the time to actually write this up until now. Stacey is a social worker andContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, LCSW, Author”

Let’s Talk About Risk Assessments

CW: This post discusses suicide in general terms. I wrote this piece to help therapists do a better job with risk assessment and talking to clients about suicide. Recently, I have seen evidence that many mental health professionals are not as comfortable talking about suicide with clients as we need to be. Of course, thisContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Risk Assessments”

Why Do Suicide Rates Go Up In March?

Content note: this post talks about suicide in general terms. There is a common misconception that suicide behaviors spike around the holiday season in December. Although people who experience suicidal ideation might need support at any time during the year, in the northern hemisphere of the world, we actually see this surge happen around March.Continue reading “Why Do Suicide Rates Go Up In March?”

Interview with Dr. Katie Gordon, Psychologist and Author

I connected with Dr. Katie Gordon on Twitter when she posted about her upcoming book about suicide prevention. Obviously, this is an important topic, and she graciously agreed to an interview with me. Content warning: this post talks about suicidal ideation. 1. Tell me a bit about your professional background. I went to Florida StateContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Katie Gordon, Psychologist and Author”

How Do We Talk About Suicide?

Obvious content warning: this blog post talks about suicide in a non-descriptive way. Mental health is hard to talk about. Although we’ve gotten better over the years as a society, there is still a huge stigma, especially around suicide. Suicide is a symptom, just like heart failure is a symptom, but suicide gets talked aboutContinue reading “How Do We Talk About Suicide?”

What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?

Content/Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideation September is Suicide Awareness Month, so my best friend, Cirien, helped me create a mock risk assessment. Many people wonder what it looks like if you tell your therapist you are having suicidal thoughts that you don’t want to act on, so I created this video to show how I respondContinue reading “What Do Risk Assessments Look Like?”