Not (Always) Speaking of Suicide

Photo by Henry & Co. on Unsplash
Photo by Henry & Co. on Unsplash

I started my first blog, Speaking of Suicide, in 2013. It really took off, and it’s received more than 6 million views and 9,000 comments from readers. 

In this new blog, I won’t talk about suicide much. Not because suicide is bad or taboo or anything like that, but because I already speak of suicide. Tons. In classes, in trainings, with clients, in conversations with my husband Pete (who’s also a suicidologist), in discussions with many other suicidologists, therapists, and mental health professionals, in media interviews – probably, even, in my sleep – I speak of suicide. 

It’s rare that a day goes by without my talking or thinking (intellectually) about suicide. I know, that’s not normal. It’s not really abnormal, either, in this context. I’m an academic, and academics tend to dive deep into a singular focus. 

But I’m not only about suicide. That would be abnormal. I have a life, you know, professionally and personally. And I have other ideas and resources that might be helpful.

Photo by Daria Shatova on Unsplash

  So in this blog, I hope to cover a broader range of topics like:

  • Self-compassion
  • Perfectionism
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-disclosure in therapists
  • Ethical issues in psychotherapy
  • Stigma in mental health discourse
  • Helpful books and articles by other authors
  • Cats (yes, cats)
  • …and other topics to be discovered.

I’ll also include updates about my books, trainings, etc., for those who are curious about my work.

Suggestions Welcome!

Is there anything in particular you’d like for me to write about here? If so, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Again, welcome. I’m glad you’re here.

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