Posts in category "Suicide"

Thank You For Your Service

My friend, K, today says what I often think about our military (she is saying this in a Facebook status to her relatives who have served): I don’t always understand the decision to serve but I do understand some of the sacrifice in time, autonomy, and personal safety that you made when you joined up... Read more »

I Don't Mean To Scare You

There have been so many blog posts I have started to write in my head and just haven’t. It’s so ironic that I started this blog in an effort to de-stigmatize mental illness, and then just couldn’t really get into the thick of things once my mental illness had me by the throat. I was... Read more »

Homaro Cantu Is Dead. And There's No Science That Can Fix It.

A friend and I decided to take a wee break from Facebook. Like a day. When you’re as badly as addicted as we are, you have to start with baby steps. We deleted the app from our phones, and made a pact to stay away. There was much gnashing and wailing of teeth, and discussions... Read more »

It's Been Over 24 Hours, And I'm Still Sad About Robin Williams

Monday night, I wrote a piece about the unexpected suicide committed by Robin Williams. I first learned of his death when a reporter called Second City asking if anyone there had ever worked with him or had a story to share. I was dumbfounded. I knew that Robin had been struggling with his addiction in... Read more »

Robin Williams Is Dead

#183741067 / That’s it. Robin Williams was found dead today. Initial reports are that he died from asphyxiation, in what may be a suicide. I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken. I do know that he was addicted to cocaine for years and then got clean and sober. In recent decades,... Read more »

The Story Of Josh Marks: When Reality TV Gets Too Real

A friend posted a link to Chicago Magazine’s article “The Voices in Josh Marks’ Head” on Facebook a few days ago. I was going to write something here at the time that he killed himself, but reading this helps me get my mind around it a little more. Kind of. Honestly, at some point, reading... Read more »

Gone Too Soon: Jim Ellison

I saw a post on someone’s Facebook Saturday that, due to Facebook’s fucked up algorithms, reminded me that Friday was 18 years to the day that Jim Ellison committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. I started the post on Saturday, so if I had written it then, it would have been more timely, I suppose.... Read more »

Letting Go Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Alas. From the first post I saw on Facebook, I knew this would be a day of tributes and Tweets. People reminiscing about their favorite movies and lamenting the loss of an amazing actor. There’d be speculation concerning the details of death and the circumstances surrounding his mental state, but I wondered how many people... Read more »

Suicide: The Great Equalizer

This post is my foray into National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For the uninitiated, I do believe the goal in NaBloPoMo is to post once a day for a month. The goal in NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11.30.13. I’m cheating a bit. I’m going... Read more »

Suicide Never Makes Sense -- National Mental Health Awareness Week -- Volume Three

National Mental Health Awareness Week is this week. Sometimes, I’ve been wondering exactly what to write, since this is supposed to be the premise of this whole blog — making people aware of what it’s like to have a mental illness, trying to eras some of the stigma, giving people some of the ins and... Read more »