Shifting the Way we See Suicidal Ideation

Shifting the Way we See Suicidal Ideation

“Stop with the suicidal talk too. You know better. You F**KING KNOW.” . This is an excerpt from one conversation I had about my depression with someone close to me a few years back. I was struggling with suicidal thoughts. I thought that sharing those thoughts would maybe help, but it turned out to be [...]

“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

“13 Reasons Why” Season 2: What it Got Wrong

Last year, Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" quickly gained the attention of viewers as well as the concern of parents and mental health professionals. While some argue that the show is helpful in starting conversations on sensitive or taboo topics, such as suicidal ideation, others were concerned that the show's depictions are harmful to its viewers, [...]

YouTuber Logan Paul & the Suicide Forest Video

YouTuber Logan Paul & the Suicide Forest Video

On Sunday, YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video showing him and his friends going through the Aokigahara forest in Japan, commonly known as "Suicide Forest". This location is the world's second most popular suicide location. The incredibly graphic video showed Logan and his crew stumbling upon a dead body hanging from a tree. The 15 [...]

“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

"13 Reasons Why" Controversy: When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," was released in March of this year, it quickly gained attention. The drama depicts a 17-year old girl who dies by suicide, leaving behind audio tapes explaining why she decided to end her own life. It's graphic depiction of self-harm, rape and suicide led [...]

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

  With the popularity of the Netflix hit show "13 Reasons Why", viewers have been discussing suicide like never before. Some conversations have been focusing on what could have been done to prevent the character's tragic end. Should someone have seen the signs of a depressed high school girl struggling with mental illness and suicidal [...]

Misconceptions Around Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation

Misconceptions Around Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation

    You are doing it [self harm] for attention. I hate this one. It is very likely that someone who is self-harming is doing so secretly. This is NOT for attention. They may be dealing with dark thoughts which push them towards harmful behaviors. These behaviors may be a way to seek temporary relief [...]