Category Archives: Suicide

On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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On World Suicide Prevention Day, Take These ‘Instructions For A Bad Day’

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan has become well-known for his heart-wrenching poems and videos — about surviving bullying, about trolls, and about the fragility of our home. “Instructions For A Bad Day” isn’t quite as well known, but it holds an important message for World Suicide Prevention Day, part of which we’ll excerpt here: If you […]

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How Board Games Gave One Writer a Reason to Live

Over at Ars Technica, writer Laurence Kirkby shares the story of how a love of board games gave him a reason to go on living when he couldn’t find much else to hang onto. Twilight Imperium is infamous for length and complexity, and my brother didn’t even know the basic rules. His explanation took over […]

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Ask Take This: Helping Friends and Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

This week at Geek & Sundry, you can find the latest community questions tackled by our team of clinicians. This time, Bill DeMonte joins us to answer questions about helping friends through depression and dealing with suicidal thoughts. He’s a doctor of clinical psychology in the Seattle area, and a volunteer clinician with Take This. […]

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Should We Be Able to Trust Siri With Our Mental Health?

We ask a lot of our digital assistants. Mine sets my alarms, takes down all my appointments, and turns my lights on and off. She doesn’t offer much help with my mental health, though. Nor can she, according to a new study. The study, recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined all major conversational agents […]

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Introspective Comics demystifies the idea of psychiatric hospitals

Psychiatric hospitals don’t see a lot of positive representation in the media. There’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with its indictments of authoritarianism or Girl, Interrupted with its indictment of conformity. There are dozens of horror movies and games that plumb our worse fears about institutionalization. It can be hard to escape the idea […]

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Robin Williams, suicide, and being a coward.

By: Susan Arendt Robin Williams died yesterday at the age of 63, apparently taking his own life after dealing with long-term serious depression. This was heartbreaking news for many people, as Williams’ career was built on bringing happiness and laughter to audiences. He was Mork, he was the Genie, he was Mrs. Doubtfire, and he […]

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Behind a Glass Wall

By: Deborah Dalcin Almost as far back as I can remember, I suspected something was wrong with me. As a child I was quietly critical of my body and general mannerisms. I would study other girls in my class and wonder why I wasn’t pretty too. I wasn’t hideous, or ugly, I looked like a […]

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The Cave in My Chest

By: Brenna Beattie Today, I found out that someone in the gaming community, someone I admire greatly, committed suicide. It’s the second time someone I cherish has done so and the sixth time I’ve considered doing the same. Let me start out by saying this: most people think I am the last person to think about […]

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