Today on SelfWork, we’re going to be looking at research asking the question is suicide predictable. There is also controversy about whether or not it’s preventable – I recently had a mom whose daughter had accidentally overdosed tell me with tears in her eyes. “I can’t go there. I can’t believe that I could’ve predicted or prevented my child’s death. It’s too hurtful.”

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Important links:

Research quoted by Michael Yapko

Medium article on suicide by Dr. Gregory Simon

Research on the connection between perfectionism and suicide

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