Suicide and the Narrative of Choice

This is a very accurate explanation of depression and suicidal ideation. I think it is very helpful…and should lead us all to greater compassion and understanding towards those who suffer from depression or who have attempted suicide, as well as helping us to forgive those who have killed themselves.   Please direct your likes and comments back to this site:


Whilst reading about the tragic death of the great Robin Williams I repeatedly stumbled upon the narrative of choice. Places like Psychcentral spoke about suicide being an “insidious choice”, but a “choice” nonetheless, so much so that they repeated the word to drive the message home. Meanwhile, whilst perusing social media I repeatedly came across variations of “people who commit suicide are selfish”, “how can anyone do that to their family?”. These sorts of comments make me twitchy. We’ve all heard them before.

In my own case they were personalised and weaponised, “How could YOU do that to your children? Do YOU not care about them?” I did, that was the problem. For some time I had felt like a millstone around the necks of my family. I loved them, but hated myself and could only see the ways I made their lives worse. After 2 failed suicide attempts in…

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  1. Maryellen Churnick says:

    There are so many people who object to psychiatric help for themselves and members of their family. The mantra is usually “I am not taking any pills. They don’t do any good and cost too much money.” When shown proof as to their efficacy, they dismiss it. “I took pills like that 15 years ago and they didn’t help.” These folks will never accept help. Help is the one thing, the only thing that matters. Clinical depression is serious. Get help. Take meds if the doctor wants you to. One visit isn’t enough just like a few days meds isn’t enough. Stick with the therapy/counseling and stay with the meds. Do not stop either abruptly. STICK WITH THEM BOTH. Depression responds to treatment, perhaps better than a lot of other diseases. It is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It is a real disease that responds to real treatment by a real therapist. Just because your sorority sister’s cousi. took a psych course does not make her a therapist. The hardest thing to do when depressed is the call that can bring you help.


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