Library – Activist
Richard Eckersley’s work straddles (quite brilliantly) both academic and activism writings. See his entry in Library – Academic.
Paul Mayfield – Soul Cry
Shery Mead and Chris Hansen
– Stopover on my Way Home from Mar
Clare and Terri Shaw (Harm-ed)
Sweeney et al … This is Survivor Research
Ethan Watters – Crazy Like Us
Websites – organisations, online journals/references/resources
Madness Radio: Voices and Visions From Outside Mental Health is a regular FM show produced in Portland, Oregon (US). Madness Radio is syndicated through the Pacifica community radio network and shows are picked up by stations around the country and internationally. The show is also vailable online and through iTunes. Hour long shows are produced monthly, with a special 30-minute version also available.
Click here to listen to the interview with me from January 2011.
Maytree offers a short stay in a safe residential setting where you can talk, reflect and rest – and restore hope. Maytree is a place where you will be heard, respected and accepted, without judgement and in confidence.
Talking About Suicide – Cara Ann
This blog came about because I have a theory, and I’d like to know if the thinking is right or wrong.
I worry that some people, young and old, are going into suicide attempts with serious misconceptions. Maybe they’ve been influenced by romanticized images in films, books or elsewhere and assume that killing themselves will be easy. As if a collection of random pills will do it, and they’ll drift away. (Emma in “Madame Bovary:” “I shall fall asleep and all will be over.”) Or they assume that harsher methods _ a gunshot, a jump _ are so violent that they’re foolproof.
Nothing is foolproof. I now know people who have shot themselves and survived. The New Yorker wrote about people who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. I know people who have taken pills, attacked themselves with knives and razors. The media have reported on people who jump from high buildings and live.
I think that the more that people know about the risks, the less they’ll look to suicide, especially in impulsive moments. And the more openly we talk about suicide overall, the less people will find themselves isolated and desperate and trying to “fix” everything themselves based on information from who knows where. (So much is anonymous online.)
Voices of the Heart