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DragonflyIn a world where we are taught to preserve life, it’s difficult to comprehend when someone we care about ends his or her life. Sometimes we don’t understand what could have been so painful to lead someone to suicide. Other people watched loved ones struggle with mental illness, feeling helpless. To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information about what suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again.

Until suicide touches our lives, we often don’t know how many people die by it nor do we know what it means or any of its history. Read more in this section to learn about what suicide is, how it’s different than self-injurious behavior, and what “psycheache” is.

Who dies by suicide?

While suicide cuts through all economic, social, cultural groups, read here about some of the special populations it affects including teens and military personnel.

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

How do we know if someone is at risk for suicide and how to help them? This section will help you understand what to look for.

Research, Genetics, and Protective Factors: Finding the Root of Why It Happens and How We Can Help People

Many factors comprise each suicide but finding the causes continue to allude us. Read here about ways researchers continue to understand why people die by suicide and how we’re looking at what protects people from ending their lives.

Media Recommendations

If you work with the media or are part of the media, read in this section about how to portray suicide in the media.

Resources

Finding web links about suicide is easy, finding good web links about suicide can be time consuming. Scroll through our list of the links and other resources we’ve compiled.

Comments

09/07/2011 at 3:38 PM
christine walter
What a blessing this site is. I found it by accident (or was it?) or rather by synchronicity by clicking on the Suicide Prevention Month bar while reading the Legacy obituary of a dear friend's mother who lived until age 91, a long, full life, unlike our son who chose to end his life 3 years ago at age 33. Such a loss and void he has left in our lives. He could not possibly have known the effect his decision made for us survivors. The pain is always there, but then I think of the pain, anguish and despair he must have felt to make such a choice. I will peruse this site more today and often but I wanted to also comment on your choice of the dragonfly on your site. It is quite beautiful and touched my heart. My husband and I had the opportunity to name our northwoods retreat 2 years ago and we chose Dragonfly. Why? Dragonflies have been around for millenia, constantly adapting and evolving to survive change in new environments and worlds. We have had to adapt as well in the last 3 years to live our lives as fully as possible in our new world without our dear son. Thank you for being here.
08/16/2011 at 10:31 AM
colleen rowley
Hello , What a blessing to wake up to. Places like this that people who share this life changing experience are so so important. In order to keep us ALIVE to keep our souls from loosing the battle as survivors we need understanding support. I lost my brother Sean 2 years ago this coming November 6th. He was 40 years old and left behind a family who tried desperately over the years to love him including a 10 year old daughter. He was a difficult person to hold close. He was the type that once in a relationship he would drift away from his family. therefore he felt he alienated himself from us making it hard for him to reach out to us when life fell apart on him. which put him on the lonely road he traveled to his death. When Sean died I lived 600 miles away from home in Michigan with my children and husband at the time. Receiving the news of his death was .... well lets just say I felt like a extremely wild animal trapped in a very small cage trying desperately to escape. I had no friends or family in MI and no support system except a abusive husband who told me to get over it. {I recall standing on the curb at the airport a week after sean's funeral}with what was left of my big brother {his ashes} in my arms and was told to get in the car and stop being so dramatic. Having no one to talk to I started journaling my thoughts and feelings on my face book blog page. And in the process found that there were many people that wanted to be there to support me, many people that I didnt even know could relate to my pain on one level or another. Before I new it my friends list grew to the point that i had to open a new face book and close my page to my personal friends and it became "The suicide journals lives loved and lost created in memory of Sean Thomas Rowley" When I find places like this I breath easier. It was mentioned that you can find a lot of places on a web search for survivors but few are good places that you feel a personal connection. That is something I have tried to accomplish with the page that started with a short blog. I hope this place becomes a home for broken and mending hearts I hope this place becomes a HOME. P.S the opening home page is so warm and welcoming i felt the room and my mood brighten when I clicked the link and the dragon fly appeared! Thanks again form someone who understands Colleen Rowley A SURVIVOR
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