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There are 21 comments on POV: We Need to Talk More about Suicide

  1. Thank you for talking about it. Every time we speak openly about these things, it chips away at the stigma and makes it a little easier for someone else to speak about them as well.

    1. Thx for your comment. Exactly what I’m hoping to do…and it’s because of people before me who shared their story that encouraged me to share mine.

  2. Excellent article. As someone who has been both a survivor of suicide and dealt with it personally, it is nice to see this article in BU Today’s email. We need to break the silence so that those suffering no longer suffer in silence. Thank you for shedding light on this difficult but relevant topic.

  3. A friend and classmate from my high school committed suicide last week.. It is important to have conversations about mental health and this article couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thank you.

  4. My son, a BU student, suffers from depression and admits to having thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, he finds it impossible to reach out to professionals for help. I feel so incredibly helpless and frightened when he calls me for help 3000 miles away. Thank you for highlighting possible resources available on campus. Now, to get him to take that step …

    1. As a fellow student at BU, my heart goes out to your son. There are students like me who are working hard to make these resources more accessible and open up the conversation on depression, mental illness and suicide. It’s much more common than one might think. He’s not alone in feeling that way, and I hope he finds comfort in knowing that he fellow students support him and care.

    2. Dear BU mom, you may want to contact Student Health (617 353-3569), Res Life (617 353-4380) or Dean of Students (617 353-4126) to share your concern about your son. Here’s more information.

      Plus, realize it’s completely normal and common for someone in distress or crisis to not accept help or go for treatment; that’s what makes it so difficult, it’s the illness that tries to isolate our loved ones. At least he is reaching out to you, so the number one thing I learned when watching a loved one suffer is to make sure I was taking care of myself first, very hard to do but critical. There is hope.

  5. Anne,
    Congratulations to you for a finely written, highly informative article but especially for all the work you are doing to raise awareness on this issue, one that has touched many of us including me.

    1. Thx to my friends, family, coworkers and BU community for responding to my article. I’m very grateful. Over 60 people came…The event was amazing especially due to: survivors who came, Rev. Victoria Hart Gaskell, Marsh Chapel for welcoming everyone, Colin Applegate, family speaker, Families for Depression Awareness for sharing his story, Rosie Bauder and Out of the Darkness, AFSP Boston Chapter, Dean of Students office, Center for Pscyh. Rehab’s Dori Hutchinson and Larry Kohn, Student Health’s Margaret Ross, MD, Ben Atherton-Zeman and Fallon Fernandes. I’m grateful for the wonderful musical performances by BU Sweethearts and Chordially Yours. Special thanks to the many people and organizations who helped get the word out!
      Also, thanks to AFSP National office HuffPost posted my story:

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