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Being a Parent with Suicidal Thoughts

I am a more compassionate parent to my son because I live with suicidal thoughts. And it took me until this moment to realize that. Since trying to end my life over 15 years ago, I have seen a lot of doctors, tried a lot of different therapies, and a lot of diagnoses have been [...]

By | 2017-10-09T14:47:00+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Hope|0 Comments

Hotel Room Drapes

The dark hotel room lurked around me; the cold blue and gray carpet oozing the dank sani-odor of disinfectants and air freshener. Hotel rooms are the Rorschachs of the soul, commoditized dwelling units designed as homes away from homes but always failing. What you see in a hotel room is what you bring to the [...]

By | 2017-09-20T10:15:35+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Stories|1 Comment

“LIVE THROUGH THIS WITH ME”

I tried to kill myself in the summer of 2006. I was 23. I spent a month deeply entrenched in an exhaustive cycle of breaking up and getting back together with Emma*, the girl I'd loved for three years. She was cheating on me, but neither of us could sever ties with the other.

By | 2017-08-10T09:00:56+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Lived Experience, Stories|0 Comments

The Suicide Layer Cake

Layer One - Lies The blackness arose from the lies. The layers of blackness slowly turned to grays and browns. Each color representing some new form of deflection, self-preservation, or justification to make sure I never had to face the pain directly. Those layers let in peaks of light and, at very rare times, happiness. [...]

By | 2017-04-07T16:28:47+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Lived Experience, Stories|1 Comment

Teens, College & Suicide Prevention

In this 3-part conversation, "Teens, College & Suicide Prevention," suicide prevention advocate and attempt survivor, Misha Kessler, psychologist and CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Dr. Kita Curry, and college suicide prevention advocacy group, Active Minds, discuss the impact mental health support on college campuses can make for students.

By | 2017-08-21T13:40:02+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, College, Experts, Teens, Understanding Suicide, Voices|0 Comments

Seeking Help & Suicide Prevention

In this 3-part conversation, "Seeking Help & Suicide Prevention,ā€ psychologist and CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Dr. Kita Curry, suicide attempt survivor, Samantha Nadler, and leading suicidologist, Dr. Thomas Joiner, tell us why we can't do it all ourselves, and why asking for help doesn't make you "less than," it makes you human.

By | 2017-05-03T12:31:16+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Experts, Seeking Help, Voices|0 Comments

These Things I Do, That Others May Live

From the very start of my training as a clinical psychologist, I was interested in suicide prevention and have wanted to work with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. As an early career psychologist, I worked with and provided treatment to hundreds of suicidal individuals. When I deployed to Iraq in 2009, however, my relationship with [...]

By | 2017-02-17T14:45:41+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Experts, Lived Experience, Stories, Veterans|0 Comments