The gospel according to Josh: A 28-year gentile bar mitzvah

By the time Josh Rivedal turned twenty-five, he thought heÕd have the perfect life, a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in his own television show. After which, his getaway home in the Hamptons would be featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and his face would grace the cover of the […]

Thinking about suicide: Contemplating and comprehending the urge to die.


An essay on loss of self versus escape from self in suicide: Illustrative cases from diaries left by those who died by suicide.

Michael Chandler (1994) has described how suicide can result from a loss of a sense of self, while Roy Baumeister (1990) has described how suicide can be an attempt to escape from the self. Their published theories are presented in a very abstract manner, and the present essay presents examples from two individuals who died […]

Suicide in Literature (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter opens with an exploration of general areas of interaction between psychology & literature. Subjects of discussion include understanding human behaviour in historical times, psychological analyses of literature, psychological studies of the author & the reader, & other points of contact – psychologizing as a literary genre & the effect of psychological thought upon […]

Suicide on my Mind, Prevention on my Agenda

In this column, the author writes about how he first became interested in suicide studies during his early years in medical school & his subsequent career as a suicidologist. He also discusses meeting Ed Shneidman & suicide prevention strategies. (18 refs.)

It’s a Funny Thing About Suicide (IN: Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention, ed. by S Palmer)


Diary of a Suicide: Finding Life on the Road to Recovery


Sanity and Grace: a Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength

This book was written by Collins for her own healing & for that of others. Her son died by suicide in 1992 & this book is a reflection of what she has read & learned about suicide since then.

Book Review-Cutting it out: a Journey Through Psychotherapy and Self-Harm by C Smith


Cutting it out

The Mentally ill Mentor

Understanding Suicide Through Studies of Diaries: the Case of Cesare Pavese


How I Read


Inside my Suicidal Mind


“Art as a way to Life”: Bereavement and the Healing Power of Arts and Writing


A Psychiatrist in Cultural Transition: Personal and Professional Dilemmas


Is Death the Spice of Life?

I Might be Nothing: Journal Writing

My Work as a Suicide Prevention Counselor

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

Can Writing Autobiographical Essays Lessen Suicidal Thinking?


Falling in and out of Class Structures

This article focuses on a single case study of depression in a mother & son, which ultimately culminated in the mother’s death by suicide. The author relates the depressive illnesses experienced by both parties to major disruptions of identity caused by social mobility & demographic change. (3 refs)

Suicide is an Action – or: we are the Agents of our Lives

Published in “Suicide Risk & Protective Factors in the New Millennium,” ed. by O T Grad

In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia (IN: Convictions, by S Hook)

Presents a brief account in favor of voluntary euthanasia by a patient whose request for such action during treatment for serious health problems was denied and who subsequently made a significant recovery. Reasons for voluntary euthanasia are discussed.