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“Taking Our Life: Suicide, Ecocide, and Daring to Live.” A new play that deals with themes of suicide and ecocide.
Playwright, director, and producer Shoshana Alexander speaks about the play. (Video, 4 min)

“Not Alone.” Website. A beautifully produced film about teen suicide, written for and by teens. Rent or stream the film, and available for schools.
Film trailer (2:30 min.)

“I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge.” Video (5 min.) Kevin Hines speaks about his experience and his film, Suicide: The Ripple Effect.
Suicide: The Ripple Effect.” Film trailer.

“The only thing you need to say to someone who is hurting.” Thrive Global. August 16, 2017.

“Statement by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Chester Bennington.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. July 20, 2017.

“Musician Chester Bennington Dies at 41. Singer’s Death Highlights Higher Suicide Risk for Suicide Loss Survivors.” Statement by the American Association for Suicidology. July 20, 2017.

“The Cosmonaut.” (audio, 2 min) NPR KQED Perspectives. May 18, 2017.

“A Teachable Moment Using “13 Reasons Why” to Initiate a Helpful Conversation About Suicide Prevention and Mental Health.” (audio webinar, 1hr. 10min) AFSP website. Hosted by AFSP, ASCA, and NASP. May 2, 2017.

“’13 Reasons Why’ is provocative and devastating. Is it also dangerous?” (video, 12 min) PBS Newshour. May 2, 2017.

“Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says.” NPR Morning Edition. April 25, 2017

“Suicide is Not a Bad Word.” NPR KQED Perspectives, March 8, 2017.

“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, read by John Ulrich (Student, South Boston, MA), as part of The Favorite Poem Project. Video (5 min)
Related Resource: SafePlace (Boston area) is an open group of caring people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

“Coping with Suicide Loss: 9 Lessons for Hope and Healing.” Blog post by Marshall Dunn, author of Letters to Mitch – The Healing Power of Grief, Love & Truth about the loss of his brother to suicide.

“Loss Survivors and the Aftermath of Suicide.” By Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew about mental illness and the loss of her husband to suicide. HuffPost. March 22, 2017.

“Helping Children and Teens After a Suicide.” Resource guide. Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group, Madison NJ.

“After A Vet’s Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family’s Grief.” NPR, All Things Considered. August 31, 2016

“Information and Support After a Suicide Attempt: A Department of Veterans Affairs Resource Guide for Family Members of Veterans Who are Coping with Suicidality.” PDF Brochure. Office of Mental Health Services, US Department of Veterans Affairs. July 2014.

“Suicide in veterinary medicine: Let’s talk about it.” PubMed Central (PMC), U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. January 2015.

“In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another.” New York Times. September 19, 2015.

“Grace.” (audio, 2 min) NPR KQED Perspectives. Jun 13, 2014

“Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life After Loss.” AFSP 2016 documentary Trailer (2 min) and Full Documentary (27 min)
View Past Documentaries. (Available in English with captions, Español, and Française)

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. AFSP, November 19, 2016. View Online Event (90 min)

“The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain.” By Susan Schneider Williams (wife of Robyn Williams.) Neurology, September 27, 2016.

“Can technology help predict who will attempt suicide?” PBS Newshour. September 18, 2016.

“What’s the Mission Behind the 22 Pushup Challenge?” NBC Nightly News. September 3, 2016.

“When Jail Becomes a Death Sentence: spike of inmate suicides.” KQED California Report. August 22, 2016.

“VA Releases Report on Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide.” Department of Veterans Affairs, August 3, 2016.

“Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children.” NPR Morning Edition, July 7, 2016.

“557: Birds & Bees..” – Act 3: Talking with your children about death and suicide. NPR This American Life, May 15, 2015, replayed June 18, 2016.

“Judy Collins Reflects On Addiction, Mental Health And Music.” – and her son’s suicide. NPR Here and Now, June 9, 2016.

“When a Loved One Commits Suicide.” (audio, 52 min) NPR Forum, May 17, 2016.

“I have to learn to care for my suicidal teen with limits but without fear.” Washington Post, February 10, 2016.

“Meet the Researchers: An Introduction to the Latest in Suicide Research.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2016.
12 short, informative videos. Note: Videos posted as they become available.
(1) “Are You OK?” (How to talk to a child when you see warning signs for suicide.)
(2) “The Four D’s of Suicide Risk in Older Adults”
(3) “Using Technology to Fight Suicide”
(4) “Talk Saves Lives”
(5) “Project 2025”
(6) “Suicide: It’s Okay to Ask”
(7) “Why We Need to Fund Suicide Prevention Research”
(8) “Teens, Drinking & Suicide: What Every Parent Should Know”
(9) “The Suicide Detective”
(10) “Lived Experience in Suicide Prevention Research”
(11) “Safety Planning”

“Suicide rate in U.S. on the rise, with spike for girls age 10-14.” PBS Newshour, April 22, 2016.

“Suicide Rates Have Soared in the U.S.” NBC News, April 22, 2016.

“U.S. suicide rates up, especially among women, but down for black males.” CNN, April 22, 2016.

“Robin Williams Tunnel.” (audio, 2 min) KQED Perspectives, April 8, 2016.

“Requiem For A Teen: ‘Tyler’s Suite’ Honors A Life Cut Short.” (audio, 6 min) NPR Weekend Edition, April 2, 2016.
Tyler’s Suite website.
Listen to Tyler’s Suite: hear a portion of each movement here on YouTube.

“Project 22.” (Documentary about the suicide epidemic amongst veterans – 22 each day. 1 hr. 41 min) PBS.

“Local Focus: Project 22.” (Interview with the film makers. 58 min) PBS.

“My Perfect Country: Michigan, USA – suicide rate had dropped.” (audio download, 27 min) BBC My Perfect Country, February 28, 2016.

“CDC Continues Study of Palo Alto Teen Suicides.” (audio, 1.5 min) NPR California Report, February 22, 2016.

“After Rash of Teen Suicides in Palo Alto, the CDC Sends Team to Investigate.” Newsweek, February 16, 2016.

“Columbine Shooter’s Mother: I Carry Him ‘Everywhere I Go, Always’.” (audio, 43 min) NPR Fresh Air, February 16, 2016.

“Study of female veterans suicide would be required, under new legislation.” Military Times, February 10, 2016.

“Perspective: Suicide by Gun.” NPR KQED Perspectives, December 15, 2015.

“In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another.” New York Times, September 19, 2015.

“Unraveling a String of Veteran Marine Suicides, One by One.” New York Times, September 19, 2015.

“The Warfighter Perspective: Big Dogs to the Front.” (video, 21 min) with Boon Cutler, Warfighters Rights Leader and combat veteran.

“Response to the Spartan Pledge.” (video, 3 min) with combat veterans.

“When Deciding To Live Means Avoiding Guns.” (audio, 4 min)  National Public Radio, September 24, 2015.

“Strategies for Dealing With the Death of a Loved One.” (Audio, 50 min) National Public Radio KQED Forum. June 5, 2015

Sheryl Sandberg post after the death of her husband Dave Goldberg. Facebook. June 3, 2015

“Suicide Rate Nearly Doubles for Black Youth.” National Public Radio, KQED Forum, May 22, 2015.

“Obama Signs Suicide Prevention for Veterans Act Into Law.” The New York Times. February 12, 2015.

“Obama Signs Act Designed To Prevent Suicide Among Veterans.” National Public Radio. February 12, 2015.

“In Preventing Trans Suicides, ‘We Have Such A Long Way To Go.'” National Public Radio, January 5, 2015.

“Why Are the U.S. Soldiers Killing Themselves in Battle? Banksy Art Asks.” Vision, October 24, 2014.

“In ‘Invisible Front,’ military family’s losses propel battle against mental health stigma.” (Video and transcript.) PBS Newshour. October 16, 2014.

“Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die?” (Video and transcript.) PBS Newshour. October 14, 2014.

“Active Minds Fights Stigma of Mental Illness on College Campuses.” (Video, 2 minutes.) Active Minds was started at the University of Pennsylvania by Alison Malmon, whose brother committed suicide during his senior year in college. NBC News. October 8, 2014.

“After the Battlefield, a Veteran Finds Hope on the Football Field.” (Audio, 8 minutes.) I could either take my own life, or I could live my life in a way that honors them that gave their life. NPR, The Takeaway. October 7, 2014.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: “Why This 29-Year-Old Is Ending Her Own Life.” (Video, 6.5 minutes.) Refinery 29. October 6, 2014.

“One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide.” National Public Radio, All Things Considered. October 4, 2014.

“Judge Not His Death” (Audio, 2 minutes) Meeting the loss of a loved one to suicide with gentleness and compassion – for his loved one, and for himself. National Public Radio KQED Forum Perspectives, January 19, 2014

Peter Coyote’s Wisdom Regarding Robin Williams’ Suicide.” August 2014

“Hero pilot Sully shares family suicide story in wake of Robin Williams’ death.” AZCentral, August 15, 2014.

“Change of Heart” (Audio, 2 minutes) There is a need for all of us to tell our stories so we may open our hearts to our shared humanity. National Public Radio KQED Forum Perspectives. Aug 15, 2014

“Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness.” The New Yorker. August 14, 2014

Response to the death of Robin Williams” (Audio, 3 minutes) Robert Gebbia CEO, American Foundation for Suicide PreventionKSL Radio in Utah, August 14, 2014

“Robin Williams was sober, in early stages of Parkinson’s, wife says.” Los Angeles Times. August 14, 2014

“Suicide is Not Cowardly.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. August 13, 2014

“The Science Behind Suicide Contagion.” The New York Times. August 13, 2014

Anne Lamott post on Robin Williams suicide. Facebook. August 12, 2014.

“Robin Williams Didn’t Die from a Disease, He Died from his Choice.” The Matt Walsh Blog. August 12, 2014.

“Robin Williams Didn’t Kill Himself.”  Pop Chassid. August 12, 2014

“Robin Williams’s Age Group at Heightened Suicide Risk: Researchers Say Baby Boomers Face Financial, Other Challenges.” Wall Street Journal. August 12, 2014

“Unsafe Reporting on Suicide Can Cost Lives: An Open Letter from AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. August 12, 2014

“Suicide contagion and social media: The dangers of sharing ‘Genie, you’re free’” The Washington Post. August 12, 2014

“U OK? Friends Ask.” American Association of Suicidology Response to the Death of Robin Williams, Michelle Cornette, AAS Executive Director.

“Statement on the Death of Robin Williams.” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. August 12, 2014

“Golden Gate Bridge board OKs $76 million for suicide barrier.” SF Gate. June 28, 2014

“Catch Me If I Fall: Dorothy O’Donnell’s daughter might be one young person whose life could be saved by a Golden Gate Bridge suicide net.” (Audio, 2:07) National Public Radio KQED Forum Perspectives. April 22, 2014

“Meet the Australian Who’s Saved 160 People from Suicide.” Gawker. June 15, 2010

“Confessions of a Suicide Survivor: Inside a candid support group dedicated to helping New Yorkers cope with the crippling emotions that arise after a loved one takes her life.” The Week Magazine. April 5, 2014

“New Study Links Pre-existing Risks to Rise in Army Suicides.” PBS Newshour. March 4, 2014

“Judge Not His Death” (Audio, 2 minutes) Meeting the loss of a loved one to suicide with gentleness and compassion – for his loved one, and for himself. National Public Radio KQED Forum Perspectives, January 19, 2014

“Marine’s Family Decides To Talk Openly About His Suicide.” National Public Radio KQED Forum. November 7, 2013

“Preventing Police Suicides.” National Public Radio KQED Forum. September 25, 2013

“Back Home: Nearly 1 in Every 5 Suicides is a Veteran”The Denver Post, August 28, 2013

“Suicide Rates Are High Among the Elderly.” The New York Times. August 7, 2013

“Combat Has Little Or No Influence On Suicide Rates Among U.S. Troops And Veterans: JAMA Study” The Huffington Post, August 6, 2013

“JAMA Study: Mental health woes, not deployment or combat, raise military suicide risk” CBS News, August 6, 2013

“Suicide and the Unemployed,” PBS Newshour, May 22, 2013

“Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military” The New York Times, May 15, 2013

“A New Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide”
PBS Frontline, May 15, 2013

“New CDC Report Finds Stunning Suicide Increases Among Middle-Aged Americans” PBS Newshour May 3, 2013

“Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.” The New York Times, May 2, 2013

“More U.S. Troops Died by Suicide Than in Afghanistan Combat in 2012” PBS Newshour, January 15, 2013

“U.S. military suicides exceed combat deaths.” (article and videos) CBS News, January 14, 2013.

“Teen Suicide: About one in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, according to a new national study, and one in eight has thought about it” HuffPost Live, January 12, 2013

“Study Shows Many Teens at Risk for Suicidal Behavior Despite Mental Health Help” PBS Newshour, January 9, 2013

“Imagining Suicide.” Laura K. Kerr Ph.D. Trauma’s Labyrinth: Finding Ways Out of Trauma. 2013.

“How a CHP Sergeant Stops Suicide Attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge.” National Public Radio KQED Forum. December 12, 2012

“The Urge to End It All.” The New York Times. July 6, 2008