Not Understanding Suicide

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The claims made in this post are based on personal experience and common observations.) The public reactions to reports of Anthony Bourdain’s death have been, for the most part, respectful.  They should be.  People who weren’t acquainted with him should note only his professional accomplishments and other things he allowed into the public record.  Appreciate what he shared, and respect boundaries so we aren’t debating things Mr. Bourdain didn’t share. I’m guessing that most public figures who end their own lives don’t want their actions interpreted as endorsements of suicide.  It’s hard … Continue reading Not Understanding Suicide

Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional.  This post shares observations which I have made solely on a personal level. Everything is automated now.  Often, we don’t even touch the sink faucet in a public restroom before washing our hands. Sensors on water faucets can help us avoid picking up additional microbes when we want our hands clean.  However, if you’ve ever soaped up your hands and then found it impossible to rinse them because the sensor on the tap has fallen asleep, you know modern technology isn’t always the answer. At the end of this post, please click … Continue reading Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

White Light and a Parkinson Interview

Update: After this blog piece was posted, George Michael’s cause of death was identified as natural causes. The Joan Rivers video which was originally posted on this page is no longer available.  However, a separate video of the same interview has replaced it. Since George Michael’s passing on Christmas Day, there has been a combination of public appreciation of his work and morbid speculation over his cause of death.  The topic of suicide has been discussed repeatedly, but at this time no postmortem report has been made public. Although suicide isn’t unusual in the general population, I suspect creative people … Continue reading White Light and a Parkinson Interview

Another Bullying-Induced Suicide

Update:  In an article and video report posted on an ABC affiliate site, a spokesperson with the Diocese states that an effort was made to help Danny Fitzpatrick.  A link to that story appears at the end of this post.  What happened to thirteen year-old Danny Fitzpatrick was preventable.  Adults should not have allowed other children to harass him in the first place. Personally, I wasn’t aware of recent news reports on bullying victims’ suicides until I saw this article on Gothamist’s site.  That doesn’t mean bullied children stopped committing suicide until this month, though. News coverage of an ongoing … Continue reading Another Bullying-Induced Suicide

Teen Suicide Screening

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  This blog post expresses an opinion based on personal experience. A link to ABC affiliate KXXV-TV’s report on an American Academy Of Pediatrics recommendation appears at the end of this post.  The story is reposted on CNN’s site.  I couldn’t get either video to play, but maybe you’ll be able to watch the reports.  At the very least, please read the text. The story includes statements from a man whose son committed suicide.  I’ll never understand the agony this parent has been through, mainly because I don’t have children and no one … Continue reading Teen Suicide Screening