Suicide prevention day. Learn to listen to and support yourself and others.

I’m reposting the below info because today is the last day of suicide prevention month. I have seen far too many people in the care of social services and standard mental health care grossly retraumatized rather than helped when feeling their most vulnerable because people do not understand these loving, accepting and healing approaches. They are based in deep trust for the process of the individual who presents themselves in front of you. Listen. Love. … [click on title to read the post]

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Open Letter to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington After the Death of My Friend

By Will Hall

Dear Post-traumatic Disorders Program, Psychiatric Institute of Washington,

A close and dear friend is dead.

She was a patient at your hospital, and a few days ago she sent me this text:

“I left the trauma program after 48 hours. I was appalled at the environment, the terrible therapy and being treated like a prisoner. I went there looking for healing and support and found the experience even more traumatic. Western mental health systems are dehumanizing and insane.”

That was the last message I ever received from her. I got a call that my friend’s body was found in the river: she drowned herself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Will Hall on suicidal thoughts

“It’s time for a new understanding of suicidal feelings. Is it really best to force someone into the hospital when they are suicidal? Do suicidal feelings plus “risk factors” really mean professionals can predict whether someone might try to kill themselves? And are suicidal feelings the symptom of a treatable illness that should include medication prescription?” includes video from Make Me Normal … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Living with suicidal feelings

It’s time for a new understanding of suicidal feelings.

Is it really best to force someone into the hospital when they are suicidal? Do suicidal feelings plus “risk factors” really mean professionals can predict whether someone might try to kill themselves? And are suicidal feelings the symptom of a treatable illness that should include medication prescription? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Suicide prevention: alternative ways to approach folks

I have seen far too many people in the care of social services and standard mental health care grossly retraumatized rather than helped when feeling their most vulnerable because people do not understand this loving, accepting and healing approach. It’s based in deep trust for the process of the individual who presents themselves in front of you. Listen. Love. … [click on title to read the rest]