Please Stop Saying, “Suicide is a permanent solution …”

Suicide Prevention News and Comment

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By Franklin Cook, SPNAC Editor

I have worked in suicide prevention and suicide grief support for a little more than a decade, and for the past year and a half (since the SPNAC blog was launched), I’ve scanned hundreds of articles on this tragic subject. In the course of my encounters with what is said and written in communities across the country and on the Internet, I have been subjected about a thousand times to the declaration “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” and I cannot hear it one more time without crying out: Please stop saying that!

I know that it must seem like a clever and even a helpful thing to say (or else why would people have kept saying it, right up to the point where it has become nothing less than a cliche but with the power, I’m afraid, of an axiom)…

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About gatito2

My name is Rhonda. I'm a registered nurse, for the last 20 years, that has not been able to work since the day I learned of my daughter's death by suicide 4-12-13. (She actually died 4-11-13 and her body was not found until the 12th) Me and my husband have been married for 32 years and he's a wonderful man. We grieve in different ways. He works, I write. This is my journey through this horrible land of losing a child..
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2 Responses to Please Stop Saying, “Suicide is a permanent solution …”

  1. Amanda says:

    Here is a link to the blog of a woman who lost her daughter. Though her circumstance is much different than yours, and she is farther down the road of grief, I am continually moved by her straight-forward comments and poignant writing and wanted to share with you:
    http://susansobspot.blogspot.com
    Thinking about you today.

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  2. gatito2 says:

    Thank you. I will go check it out.

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