Category Archives: suicide

A Poem for the Blue Heron – Mary Oliver

A Poem for the Blue Heron     1 Now the blue heron wades the cold ponds of November. In the gray light his hunched shoulders are also gray. He finds scant food – a few numbed breathers under a rind … Continue reading

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Paul Gordon on finding our feelings in therapy

“I suspect we could all tell a story similar to that told by the playwright David Hare recalling his childhood in post-war Britain:  ‘In the other half of our semi-detached lived a solicitor and his wife. She had perfectly mastered … Continue reading

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‘The Death Mother’ Toko-pa

The Death Mother Click on the link for this interesting and profound book review from Toko-pa – containing several useful links – on the archetype and meanings of the Death Mother:- ‘If you were the child of a mother crippled by her own … Continue reading

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Monica Lewinsky with Jon Ronson

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/16/monica-lewinsky-shame-sticks-like-tar-jon-ronson Click on the link above for today’s post – Monica Lewinsky in a recent interview with Jon Ronson in The Guardian, well worth a read. In 2015, we published a link to, and a piece on, Monica’s wonderful TED talk ‘The … Continue reading

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Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide – Sarah Knapton for the Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12126146/Antidepressants-can-raise-the-risk-of-suicide-biggest-ever-review-finds.html?utm_content=buffer3d1d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer We are deeply concerned at this service by the extent of public misinformation and baseless assumptions about the justification for, efficacy/side effects of and withdrawal consequences attached to these drugs – in children and adults. Many GPs appear ill informed and/or disingenuous … Continue reading

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Contracting & suicidal thoughts, a person-centred perspective

This is the text of a recent email to our therapists on these themes. We are aware of the very different way in which these issues are addressed within the NHS/similar medicalized contexts in health and social care – and the extent to which … Continue reading

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Laura Delano ‘Six Years after Booze’

Click on the link below, for a powerful post from Laura. We regularly feature her work on this blog. Huge respect for her personal journey, and her commitment to challenging the current toxic psychiatric paradigm. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter … Continue reading

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Meggie Royer – The Morning After I Killed Myself

Moving, imaginative piece by Meggie on the aftermath of suicide, via BerlinArtParasites. Thanks too to Adam Tan for the picture. Here’s Meggie’s blog:- http://writingsforwinter.tumblr.com/ And here are her books:- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Songs-Meggie-C-Royer-ebook/dp/B00EPQ4LVO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1442573725&sr=8-3&keywords=meggie+royer http://www.amazon.co.uk/No-You-Never-Listened/dp/0692463631/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442573725&sr=8-1&keywords=meggie+royer http://www.amazon.co.uk/Healing-Old-Wounds-New-Stitches-ebook/dp/B010ML1NM0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442573725&sr=8-2&keywords=meggie+royer And here’s a recent post on a linked … Continue reading

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This Is What A Suicidal Crisis Looks Like From The Inside – Alaina Mabaso

http://www.depressionarmy.com/ourblog/2015/8/2/this-is-what-a-suicidal-crisis-looks-like-from-the-inside Very powerful piece by Alaina, for which many thanks. I know this landscape of bleak despair, and the urge to die. Since I was a teenager, I have visited it from time to time. During my training as a … Continue reading

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