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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

How to help a friend cope with a parent's attempted suicide.

Help me support a friend whose father attempted suicide. Added complication: my friend is half a world away from both his family and me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Bad Not-Quite-Dreams

After many years of chronic depression I have finally achieved a reasonable facsimile of mental health. Except... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2008 - 19 answers

Grieving vs. Working

I just got back to work after taking a week for the holidays, which is apparently a big no-no at my job because this is an insanely busy time for the office. My boyfriend and I just learned that his best friend committed suicide last night. I'd like to take off [more] work but I don't know how to tell my colleagues what's going on without sounding manipulative or lazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2008 - 26 answers

What percentage of suicides are due to alcohol?

What percentage of suicides are due to alcohol? Not people who “drink themselves to death,” but people who are actually intoxicated when they kill themselves? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Dec 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Try to forget my name

I broke up with a boy recently - broke his heart, to be precise. Badly, unfairly, selfishly. For reasons that, while I recognize as illogical to outside parties, are entirely unavoidable for me. I wouldn't change my decision. I won't reveal all details. But he attempted suicide over this, and I've been feeling nonstop nausea thinking about this situation. I can't stop blaming myself for driving someone to this degree of... brokenness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 54 answers

Are these feelings normal, or symptoms of depression?

How do I sort out whether my feelings are due to grief, or depression, and how do I proceed after the suicide of my brother-in-law? [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Dec 11, 2008 - 8 answers

I am crazy. Help.

Help me design a multi-pronged approach to dealing with longstanding depression/grief/craziness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2008 - 14 answers

How do you cope with the public loss of a close relation?

I've been debating for two weeks now but this question finally made my decision for me. I finally got around to seeing The Bridge. Bonus points for anyone who's seen it. This is a little long...I am Very Much Not OK now. [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Dec 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Witnessing the suicide of a stranger

How do I find other people who have witnessed the suicide of a stranger? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 15 answers

How to I get out of a rocky relationship?

I can't get out of the relationship I'm in with my girlfriend. Normally, it would just end. Parties would walk away and that would be that. But it's just not that easy with her... [more inside]
posted by runflats on Sep 22, 2008 - 27 answers

Are smarter people more likely to kill themselves?

It seems like most suicides I hear about are very intelligent people, but is there actually any established correlation between intelligence and suicide? Or has this been conclusively rejected as a risk factor? I haven't been able to find any mention of intelligence in various discussions of suicide risk factors.
posted by scottreynen on Sep 17, 2008 - 13 answers

Grief...depression...both? Now what?

How to deal with long grief leading into depression? I lost my boyfriend last year in a very sudden, very horrifying suicide. (there are links in my post about it last year if you're a trainwreck gaper like i am...) I'm in weekly therapy with a great therapist. I see a great psychiatrist monthly. I am on two antidepressants that don't seem to be doing much for me but I can't really tell, because am I depressed or am I still grieving? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Sep 17, 2008 - 27 answers

Do you remember a picture of a naked melting person?

I'm looking for back story on a somewhat disturbing photograph which was circulating around the internet around 10-15 years ago. Trouble is, I no longer have a copy of the file, and can't find it. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Aug 26, 2008 - 8 answers

What's a gifter to do with unwanted gifts?

My wife's battled depression for a while, and though she rallied and had a decent few months, she plunged back into the depths of it for the few weeks around her recent birthday (which seems to happen every year, but this year was the worst yet). She had us cancel any birthday plans, cake, etc -- didn't even want anybody to say "happy birthday". After asking a few times and receiving this same answer, I went along with it; it was her birthday, after all. Her mood has lifted since then, but she still doesn't want her presents -- says to return everything, and shuts down when I bring up the subject. Fine, I can return them, except for one, a custom order meant as a present from our four-year-old (call her "Olivia"): a set of coasters printed with Olivia's scanned artwork. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Aug 11, 2008 - 65 answers

How honest should I be with my therapist?

As a way to comfort myself when I am worried, nervous, anxious, or sleepless, I plan my own suicide. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Aug 11, 2008 - 23 answers

What is the feeling of having a feeling, of knowing a feeling, and following a feeling?

A good friend of mine just took his own life. That's not what this question is's more about direction. This is long, so bear with me. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jul 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Should I contact my adopted child, now a teenager, whose birth father died recently?

Should I contact my adopted child, now a teenager, whose birth father died recently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Cyber-bullying and suicide?

Do you know of any suicides in response to online abuse and harassment ("cyber-bullying")? For example, Megan Meier and Ryan Halligan. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 7, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I not feel guilty about a friend's suicide?

How can I cope with feelings of guilt over a friend's recent suicide? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Apr 27, 2008 - 20 answers

Yet another name-that-movie question

Can you name this movie? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Mar 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Subconscous Suicide

Am I subconsciously trying to kill myself? [more inside]
posted by thefamousmoe on Feb 17, 2008 - 83 answers

Thorn, I'm going home - Sol

Sci-fi which features state-assisted suicide as a means of escape/population control? (Caution: THIS QUESTION IS MADE OF SPOILERS!) [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 9, 2008 - 30 answers

What suicide methods are common in different cities?

Is there a way to find out what suicide methods are common by city? [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Jan 25, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I discreetly research a family member's suicide?

Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Ink as a coping strategy?

Why did my brother's suicide attempt make me want to get a tattoo? And should I? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Dec 14, 2007 - 33 answers

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse?

Is it right to divorce a depressed spouse? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Dec 4, 2007 - 60 answers

proper investigation procedures

in a police investigation concerning the possible overdose of an individual, is it odd that all of the medication containers would be left behind? would toxicology be exact enough that they wouldn't be needed? [more inside]
posted by andywolf on Nov 27, 2007 - 11 answers

High school team committing suicide?

I need help finding news about a group of high school sports players committing suicide in the northeast US. [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Oct 4, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I help my suicidal roommate?

So, one of my housemates tried to kill himself this morning. He's in the hospital, and he's going to live. Now what? [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love on Sep 11, 2007 - 26 answers

Death by Cannonball

Cannonball suicides? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jul 30, 2007 - 17 answers

How does my sister get her suicidal roommate's family to get involved instead of leaving it all on her?

My sister is in med school. Her roommate, "Jane," is unwell in many, many ways. My sister doesn't have time to keep on being the hospital and police liaison and chief ambulance driver for her roommate. How do we get "Jane's" family to step up and take some responsibility? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench on May 22, 2007 - 40 answers

My boyfriend is about to go off the deep end.

My boyfriend is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown and I don't know how to help him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2007 - 74 answers

Could you post your own suicide video to YouTube?

Could you post your own suicide video to YouTube? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Apr 26, 2007 - 22 answers

Didn't it fill your head? Didn't it entertain? Did you feel alive at the end of it?

I have recently heard a story about a disgraced US politician who committed suicide on live tv. I'm fairly shaky on the details. Anyone know who I'm talking about. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Feb 9, 2007 - 20 answers

Mental health and family

Adult sibling with mental health problems living with parent. How to help from afar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Looking for advice & direction in this difficult time

I am 21 and have serious money problems, including a huge debt. The problems are turning into a depression. They affect my ability to commute to work (by car). And now, To top it off, an old friend of mine hung himself 2 days ago. Why? Because of money problems. I dont want to kill myself at all, but I am deeply depressed. Happy Stories, Life Advice, or insight .. all deeply apprecaited. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2006 - 58 answers

Any stories of successfully breaking a depressive cycle?

Any advice -- from experience please -- for breaking a friend's cycle of depression, hospitalization, and attempted suicide? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Nov 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Why does fame kill?

Why did Kurt Cobain kill himself?
posted by four panels on Nov 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Suicidal videos?

Can anybody point me to a video of someone talking about his/her suicidal intentions? [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

What is the name of the programmer who killed himself?

I read this article a few years ago about a Silicon Valley programmer who committed suicide after getting rich off a startup. I can't remember the name of the programmer but I do remember some of the details. Does anyone know this story? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Oct 27, 2006 - 9 answers

Suicide Album Cover

I'm looking for the story beind an album cover for (i think) a death metal band. The picture on the cover was supposedly taken by one band member posing with another band member that had committed suicide. [more inside]
posted by bob sarabia on Oct 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Hospital liability for suicide?

Is the hospital liable? [more inside]
posted by betterton on Oct 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Help before it's too late

Help me console my suicidal girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by joshuak on Sep 17, 2006 - 21 answers

An older member of my family is hinting at suicide.

An older member of my family is hinting at suicide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Valid suicide threat, or gesture?

I have a friend who is stockpiling Klonopin for his next suicide overdose/gesture. He currently has 180 2mg tablets of Klonopin. Is that enough to kill a 350 lb man? [more inside]
posted by RussHy on Aug 9, 2006 - 30 answers

Online Friend Threatens to Kill Himself

A person I've been chatting with online for about 1.5 years has just updated his Yahoo! profile saying that he's going to kill himself in about a week... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2006 - 24 answers

Heroic suicide bombers.

Heroic suicide bombers. I'd like some good examples from western film and literature of suicide bombers being depicted as heroic. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Jul 6, 2006 - 58 answers

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