WEBSITES

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org)—Useful, well-organized, user-friendly website 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline —Network of crisis centers throughout the country

National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health —Suicide Prevention 

Save: Suicide Awareness, Voices of Education

verywellmind —Includes many mental health issues; the link is for the depression page; contains many quick-to-read articles on everything from foods and vitamins that help with depression to finding a therapist

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance —Link opens to the page on how to help a person in crisis

Students Against Depression —Website that may be more attractive to younger people, "by students for students" started by the families of two young people who took their own lives

Families for Depression Awareness (familyaware.org)—Packed with links, not overwhelming, well designed and organized

Blurt (blurtitout.org) —Believe it or not, an uplifting website on depression

ARTICLES

"40,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Simply Shrugs," by Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, 2018 (4-chapter section of a series well worth reading.)

One fact about suicide that research has firmly established is that reducing access to lethal means reduces suicide. The result has been a national initiative to erect barriers at sites where suicides occur, most prominently a $76 million project to build steel nets along the Golden Gate Bridge. A record 46 suicides occurred there last year.
— Gregg Zoroya

"Robin Williams: Depression Alone Rarely Causes Suicide," by Roni Jacobson, Scientific American, August 13, 2014

A number of other factors can contribute to suicide risk—poverty, for one, family history of suicide, for another. But the tragedy of Williams’s death should remind us that the most debilitating and life-threatening mood disorders can strike anyone, and once they do, it can be awfully hard to find release.
— Roni Jacobson

"Suicide Survivors Face Grief, Questions, Challenges," Harvard Health Publishing October 29, 2015

‘What if’ questions can arise after any death. What if we’d gone to a doctor sooner? What if we hadn’t let her drive to the basketball game? After a suicide, these questions may be extreme and self-punishing — unrealistically condemning the survivor for failing to predict the death or to successfully intervene. In such circumstances, survivors tend to greatly overestimate their own contributing role — and their ability to affect the outcome.
— from "Suicide Survivors Face Grief, Questions, Challenges"

"Teens Taunted by Bullies Are More Likely to Consider, Attempt Suicide," by Karen Kaplan, The Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2014

Previous studies had reported that cyberbullying could be just as bad as traditional bullying. But this time, the researchers found cyberbullying was actually worse — being bullied in person increased one’s risk for suicidal ideation by a factor of 2.16, while being bullied via email, via text messages or in videos posted on the Internet raised the risk by a factor of 3.12.

’This might be because with cyberbulling, victims may feel they’ve been denigrated in front of a wider audience,’ study leader Mitch van Geel said in an interview posted on the JAMA Pediatrics website. In addition, he said, ‘material can be stored online, which may cause victims to relive the denigrating experience more often.’
— Karen Kaplan

"The Story of a Suicide," by Ian Parker, The New Yorker, February 6, 2012 (Also about the link between bullying and suicide)

They never saw any sign of depression, and can’t even see it retrospectively. ‘As a parent, what it says to me is that what you think you know, you don’t know,’ Joseph Clementi said. ‘And that’s a hard thing, because we all think, I know what my kid’s up to. You don’t.’

On the night Jane Clementi learned that Tyler was gay, she said, ‘I told him not to hurt himself.’ Not long before, a girl from his school had committed suicide. ‘We had talked about it briefly that summer, and for some reason that thought came to mind. And all I said was ‘Don’t hurt yourself,’ and he looked me right in the eye and he laughed, and said, ‘I would never do anything like that.’
— Ian Parker

 

"The Urge to End It All," by Scott Anderson, The New York Times Magazine, July 6, 2008

‘What was immediately apparent,” Rosen recounted, “was that none of them had truly wanted to die. They had wanted their inner pain to stop; they wanted some measure of relief; and this was the only answer they could find. They were in spiritual agony, and they sought a physical solution.’
— Dr. David Rosen, from Scott Anderson's "The Urge to End It All"
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