2.03 Suicide and Self Harm

**If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org or 1-800-273-8255**
  • In this episode, Boonie and Rachel discuss a topic that has touched both of our lives, as well as many others: suicide and self-harm. It was hard to talk about, yet also necessary.
  • Boonie shares about a friend’s suicide during her freshman year of college and how it affected her views on relationships, love, and the meaning of life.
  • We discuss the not-so-helpful counseling experiences we both had after early traumatic situations.
  • Rachel talks about searching for and finding someone who attempted suicide in her dorm and survived. She also discusses a suicide that occurred a few years later and prompted her to fulfill her career potential.
  • We talk about how suicide is a “permanent solution to a temporary problem,” yet it can be hard in the moment to see the problem as temporary.  We also list antidotes to suicide, including, hope, acceptance and compassion, which can look very different from trying to “fix” another person.
  • We talk about the most at-risk groups for suicide and how hard it can be for many people to experience vulnerability, especially in the face of things like toxic masculinity.
  • We describe ways to help others who may be struggling, including checking in with people if their behavior changes and advocating for vulnerable groups.
  • Boonie talks about challenges in the Asian-American community re: shame, and how shame can sometimes be lethal.
  • We discuss a documentary film called “The Bridge,” and a subject in the movie who said he realized during his suicide attempt that he did not want to die.
  • Finally, we offer hope, encouragement, and love to anyone who struggles to connect and may be feeling alone. You’re not alone; please reach out when you need to and know there are people who care.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-273-8255
Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL)-support group based in San Diego
The Trevor Project– LGBTQ crisis support
24/7 Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
The Mask You Live In– Film about limited views on masculinity for men & boys
The Bridge-documentary film from 2006
Wounded Warrior Project– Support for recovering veterans
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You can find Boonie at: Organized Messes

You can find Rachel at: Rachel Moore, LMFT

Disclaimer: Our conversations in Sparkles Podcast are not to be used in lieu of psychotherapy, and we’re not offering professional advice; we’re sharing our personal thoughts and opinions. Please feel free to disagree and seek out other views, because you are the expert of you.