Attempted Suicide

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Attempted Suicide

On this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show (see below), our guest Paula discusses her two previous suicide attempts stemming from severe depression that started when she was a child. Today, she is very thankful that her suicide attempts were unsuccessful.

Unfortunately, mental illness and suicide go hand-in-hand. People with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and alcoholism face a disproportionately high rate of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

A 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association article cites a study showing many people who attempt suicide want to get away from a bad life situation and want relief from:

  • Bad thoughts or feelings
  • Feeling ashamed, guilty, or feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling like a victim
  • Feelings of rejection, loss, or loneliness

And 10% of those who attempt suicide, eventually succeed.

On the HealthyPlace website, we have plenty of excellent information about suicide.

Finally, one thing I do want to mention here, there's an old myth that if you talk to someone about suicide, that you may be planting those thoughts in their mind. Because of this, many people are afraid to speak to a possibly suicidal loved one or friend about their concerns. Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, addresses that in this video - "Talking About Suicide with the Suicidal Person".


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts and surviving the suicide of a loved one or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

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You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

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Your Thoughts: From the HealthyPlace Forums and Chat

On our adult ADHD forum, mika says "It seems like I can't finish anything I start. Always start with a lot of energy, but after a while I get bored and just leave it. I have tried to do exercise, but same story. Any advice?" Share quitting therapy?" Sign into the forums to share your comments.

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We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.

"Attempted Suicide: Back From the Brink" on HealthyPlace TV

Paula felt so bad, she tried to kill herself not once, but twice; first at age 10 with pills, then a few years ago with a gunshot to the chest. Why she did it and how things dramatically changed for Paula on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

Still to Come in March on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • Depression and Bipolar Treatments

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

"I'm Living Proof of Full Recovery From an Eating Disorder" on HealthyPlace Radio

At 28, Andrea Roe says she's finally healthy again. For 10 years, Andrea struggled with depression and body image issues and spent 6 years battling anorexia and bulimia. "There is so much negativity out there and it is important to let people know that there is HOPE and that eating disorders can be overcome." That's on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2011, March 11). Attempted Suicide, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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