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The “S-Word” Can Also Be the “T-Word”

I have had the privilege of knowing and working alongside many people who have survived the loss of a loved one to suicide, and others who have survived their own period of suicidal crisis. I have learned so much from these inspirational individuals. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that, “the ‘S’ [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:09-08:00December 20th, 2016|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|1 Comment

After Robin Williams

“Excerpts from Rabbi Stacy’s Yom Kippur sermon at Congregation Rodef Sholom in Northern California. Rabbi Stacy delivered this a couple of months after the death of Robin Williams, but the message is still relevant today. This is a piece that pushes through any religious leanings, and strikes the core feelings that surround preconceived notions of mental illness [...]

You — Yes, You — Can Save a Life

A few summers ago I was struggling financially, and as a result, I developed a severe ulcer. Then I found out I had cancer on my nose and would need reconstructive surgery. But the worst was yet to come: the man I loved left me—without a word, without any warning. This combination of events was [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:49-08:00December 6th, 2016|Bipolar, Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|0 Comments

Closure Blooms

I tried to kill myself at Yale University when I was a student there 51 years ago. Returning to the 50th Reunion of the class of 1966, the class I didn’t graduate with, I sought closure to what has always been a painful experience.  A friend from those undergraduate years invited me to come. I [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:54-08:00November 28th, 2016|Bipolar, Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|0 Comments

National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Any time there is a forum for people to talk about their shared experiences – that’s a good thing. Sometimes we just want to be around people who get it – it’s comforting. Having a day set aside to honor or memorialize people who have died by suicide or loved somebody who has, is a [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:58-08:00November 18th, 2016|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|2 Comments