September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and I want to be a part of debunking what are commonly believed myths concerning suicide. I also want to make sure you’re safe. If you become triggered, here’s the link to all the suicide services that are known in every country that provides them. It helps to reach out – that’s been proven over and over… so please if you need to talk or text someone, click that link.

I’ve chosen twelve myths that are common to hear and then give the facts. Sometimes the experts disagree or issues are more complex, but it’s so important to stop saying that suicide is selfish or that only people with mental illness die by suicide.

The listener email for today is from someone who couldn’t find grief on the feeling wheel that I discussed in the suck it up episode – which was really an episode on not sucking it up… She’s overwhelmed by grief and doesn’t know how to get through it…

Important links:

BetterHelp, the #1 online therapy provider, has a special offer for you now!

Article about the pandemic’s effect on suicide worldwide

Shahnaz study 2018

Dr. Kristin Fuller for The NAMI Blog

An article to help you learn and understand the warnings signs

Article on suicide by Magellan Health resource

NPR article about What’s best with teens and kids

193 SelfWork: Conversation with John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression)

You can hear more about this and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive my weekly newsletter including a blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has been published and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life. And it’s available in paperback, eBook or as an audiobook!

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