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feeling responsible for a friend's death

How do you deal with suicide when you feel (or are made to feel) partially responsible? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2011 - 27 answers

Used to be Ustinov, but used to's not good enough for me.

Is the story Lauren Christy tells about saving Peter Ustinov's life true? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 2, 2011 - 3 answers

When "gooey" won't suffice

What does a suicide from jumping look like? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Sep 29, 2011 - 24 answers

I'm looking for a book that was read at story time in 4th grade.

I am trying to remember an elementary school book that had a teacher who gave his students an in class writing assignment about why life is worth living, but none of the students write an essay that is good enough for him, so he rides his motorcycle off a cliff the next day. [more inside]
posted by weewooweewoo on Sep 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Soldier who commited suicide because of DADT?

Looking for the name of a soldier that commited suicide because of homophobia. [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Good lies for my suicide scars.

What are some good excuses for suicide attempt scars on the inner wrist? Particularly keen to hear plausible explanations that fit with the appearance of the scar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 53 answers

An unwanted letter

Should I read my friend's suicide letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 27 answers

Memorial ideas for ten years after a parent's suicide

This December it will be ten years since my father committed suicide. My mother, brother and I have started talking about ways to observe the anniversary, but we're not sure how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 - 11 answers

My suicidal friend

This is a follow-up question to this question about my suicidal friend. [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Jun 27, 2011 - 27 answers

How do I help my pre-teen nephew understand his teen friend's suicide?

My 10 year old nephew just found out that his 15 year old friend committed suicide. What online resources can I send my sister to help him work through his feelings? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Jun 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Art of aftermath of suicide?

What is the name of the contemporary artist who made an installation during the 1990s showing the aftermath of a suicide from jumping off of a building? The art was quite gory and controversial. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jun 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Amazing dystopian animation needed. Thanks !

Dystopian short scifi animation film seen in the last year, about a man who is the last living member of dirty, trashy spaceship / plane that seems to have been abandonned a long time ago, and finds out that he is infected by the virus that killed his entire team. Then.. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Suicide is not painless...not to me

What is the best way to support a close friend that has suicidal tendencies and to handle the feelings I have about it? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on May 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Suicide notes from Foxconn employees

Where can I read some of Foxconn employees' full suicide notes? [more inside]
posted by querty on May 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Near Death Experiences - Suicides

For Research - Need Near Death Experiences accounts of people who attempted suicide. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Dealing with suicidal clients?

In my law practice, I regularly encounter clients who are despondent and suicidal. I don't feel that I am well prepared for dealing with this issue. Without considering the ethical issues as to disclosure, what is the best course of action when dealing with a client who tells you that they're considering suicide? What resources are available as a guide to dealing with a suicidal client? [more inside]
posted by Dignan on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I try to help a depressed, possibly borderline, friend who's trying to isolate herself?

My friend is deeply depressed and is trying to cut herself off from me and her other friends. How can I try to help her? Key questions: 1) Any suggestions on how to try to convince her that I genuinely want to stick around and be her friend and it's not just out of obligation, and/or other other ways to respond to her trying to push me away? 2) She's given up on hope of any treatment or improvement-- I think she might be borderline and that DBT could be a good fit for her regardless-- any suggestions of what I could send her about DBT and/or BPD (or anything else) that would have the best chance of getting through to her and giving her hope that things can get better? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me understand why this is happening

Suicidal ideation under stress -- help me. [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Mar 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Something happens and I'm head over heels

MorbidCuriosityFilter: I just saw this on my friend's blog, which is an odd coincidence, because only the other day I was wondering: How many people have jumped or fallen off of the spiral walkway at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Stopping suicidal ideation?

If you've been a suffer of depression (especially of multiple instances) and dealt with constant chronic suicidal ideation how did you stop it? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Help with Brother's Commitment

Brother tried to kill himself, I called 911. He has been committed against his will. Need help figuring out how to support him despite his anger towards me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 - 31 answers

Felo de se and temporary insanity

In the United States in the 1870s and 1880s, what would have been the practical difference between a suicide being adjudged committed during a fit of temporary insanity, and having it be part, say, of a planned suicide pact? [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

20-year relationhip on the rocks. I'm jobless, friendless, and scared to death.

I feel like a basket case. I'm 47 years old, and I've been in a 20-year same-sex relationship with another man. I felt like it would last forever. For several years, the relationship was sexless; we did all the normal couples things together - cooked, ate, washed dishes, stressed about the bills, laughed, cried, and took care of each other, but there wasn't much physical attraction any more. I've always been somewhat bisexual, and 2 or 3 years ago, I met a woman on match.com who was cute, seemed nice, and was accepting of my situation. We started dating (with the knowledge, and as far as he acted, the acceptance of my partner). At first, the two of them were sort of circling and sniffing, and I was afraid they would hate each other. As time passed, they became really good friends, and eventually they slept together, which was fine with me. (lots more blathering inside) [more inside]
posted by Death by Ugabooga on Dec 21, 2010 - 64 answers

Member Threatens Suicide-- What to do?

What to do if a member of a social networking website says they want to commit suicide? [more inside]
posted by chaz on Dec 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Guidelines for disclosure of depression?

Depression filter: At what point (if any) is it appropriate to share with specific family/friends incidents of depression / suicide ideation in my past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I help a friend whose son attempted suicide?

An old friend of mine's 18 year old son just attempted to kill himself with a shotgun blast to the head. [more inside]
posted by mrhappy on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Aggressive Suicide

I am researching “aggressive suicide” and would like to read about examples or studies on this topic. An example of an "aggressive suicide” would be an abuse survivor killing himself at the place where he was abused as a child.
posted by Francophone on Nov 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Dealing with suicide

My sister is teaching in Thailand and a colleague has just committed suicide. What, if anything, can I say or do to help? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Oct 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me "pass" my psychological evaluation.

Help me "pass" my psychological evaluation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 - 27 answers

Considering suicide and possible psychiatric commitment

Considering a somewhat voluntary psychiatric commitment for myself. Meeting with a psychiatrist this afternoon. What should I tell him? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 7, 2010 - 21 answers

How does one acquire temporary guardianship in Virginia to prevent self-harm?

Looking for information on Temporary Guardianship in the case of multiple attempted suicides in Virginia. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Sep 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Scifi suicide story id help

Story ID: An aging, eminent composer decides it's time to end his life in an orderly manner. Probably from the 70's or 80's, and quite possibly in a collection of science fiction, although the only scifi element is that the story takes places in a time when the act isn't stigmatized. All clues appreciated.
posted by spasm on Aug 13, 2010 - 6 answers

WAKE ME UP!

Everyone has it harder than me. So I should be taking advantage of that, right? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Aug 12, 2010 - 17 answers

My husband is depressed and wants to kill himself. He refuses counseling. How can I stop him?

My husband has convinced himself that his life is worthless and the world is better off without him. How can I help a man who refuses help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2010 - 31 answers

I think my elderly father is thinking of taking his own life...

My father recently intimated without saying outright that he was thinking of ending his life. He's 77, has been living with the after effects of strokes for about 15 years or more and has lost his ability to enjoy pretty much all of his passions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 33 answers

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Can you help someone whose depression keeps getting worse?

One of my best friends just tried to kill herself. She has clinical depression, but she got help for it a year or two ago and I thought it was under control. Was that a delusion? Can people suffer from depression that can never be treated or controlled? [more inside]
posted by daelin on Mar 16, 2010 - 17 answers

This American Life episode assisted suicide story?

This American Life filter - relatively recently, (maybe a rebroadcast?) heard part of story re man who assisted his mother to end her life and how he felt - I've searched their archives for mother and for son; can't find it. Also searched AskMefi some, too many hits. Can anyone help?
posted by judybxxx on Feb 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Why do rich people kill themselves?

Why do rich people kill themselves? [more inside]
posted by abbat on Feb 13, 2010 - 48 answers

what do I do for a friend who has suicidal thoughts who is already in therapy?

what do I do for a friend who has suicidal thoughts who is already in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 - 22 answers

Life after suicide attempt

My brother attempted suicide. Now he's in the hospital. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Oct 20, 2009 - 22 answers

worst day at work ever or what?

My coworker came to work and shot himself today. I was the only person to talk to him and was one of the first people to reach him after he did it. I'm planning on speaking with the grief counselors they're bringing in tomorrow. But I'm wondering if there are any resources I should know about for people in a situation like mine, specifically: witnesses of the suicide of a coworker or friend. In case the details are relevant: they are below. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Sep 30, 2009 - 31 answers

Long-term suicide watch or invasion of privacy?

My wife struggles with depression and, occasionally, suicidal ideation. But she doesn't communicate well (or nearly at all), so I have no real way of knowing when she's having a crisis rather than just another string of bad days / weeks. Is it ethical to monitor her internet activity without her knowledge so I have some idea of when I need to get serious about intervening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 - 40 answers

Perspectives on the downward spiral, please

Need advice for books on how to deal with a family member's suicide. [more inside]
posted by greenland on Aug 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Therapy without doctors

I can't do therapy. There must be other people who can't do therapy. What do these people do, when they get together, to fix their problems? What DIY, collaborative options are on the table, and how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 - 32 answers

What are the ramifications when a real estate disclosure is misleading, and nasty surprises are revealed after sale?

What happens when you buy a house with an unfortunate history (suicide) that has been disclosed, but no one bothers to tell you that the victim's blood is hidden under the new carpeting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 38 answers

Not Disabled 'enough'

What should I do about employment options? Sick & old but not sick OR old *Enough* 56 yr old woman who has signed a non-compete contract, in the same industry for 29 years and has been told I'm on probation for 90 days. Took short-term disability to rest and secure my position but thus far was denied, no money coming in. No retirement money, no other way to make money...more below [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Apr 27, 2009 - 16 answers

What helps after a suicide?

How can I help a suicide's widow? A dear friend committed suicide yesterday. My husband and I were notified by a mutual friend because the dead man thought of my husband as a friend (one of his few, I think). His partner (they never married) is staying with some closer friends for now. My question is: What can I/we do to help her? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Who were you, Ms. McHale?

Despite the passage of many decades, people still find and are fascinated by the famous Life Magazine photo of Evelyn McHale's strangely beautiful corpse after she leapt from the Empire State Building. I was just wondering if anyone has ever run across any more information about her other than the small bio that accompanied the photo. Are there other publicized photos of her before she died? Was her family ever contacted for comment? I don't mean to be ghoulish about it, I just find it to be iconic (Warhol even made it into artwork) and am surprised that no one ever looked into her life further.
posted by ktoad on Mar 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Name that soul-crushingly sad indie flick

I'm attempting to track down the title of a film I saw years ago on the IFC that ended with a botched suicide/murder attempt by a troubled adolescent girl... [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Mar 11, 2009 - 4 answers

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