Celebrity Suicide in the Media

Sometimes you see a news headline like this: Progressive rock legend Emerson dies Then you read the news and discover it was a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. The only reason I mention this is that I’m in a suicide awareness class right now. In two weeks, we have a discussion about how the media reports suicide. Today, we talked about suicide encounters online. The anonymity and privacy you have online sometimes lets you express …

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20 Years

Twenty years ago this coming November will be twenty years since a young adult completed suicide in the residence hall I lived in. The event had an impact on me. What if I trigger someone with my research? The Butterfly Effect has been on my mind. What if I get something wrong today that leaves an impact on a student who later takes their life? This is a group learning experience, and I think …

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Facilitation of a Dangerous Topic

In about three weeks, I begin the facilitation of a YDL seminar in Youth Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Response. I’m seeking out a guest speaker for the seminar; it’s not as easy as one would think. I reached out to UMPD; they declined, because they aren’t experts in the topic I’m looking for. That’s fair. I don’t know who is the expert in this field, and that is part of the problem. Where do …

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