Dealing with the stigma of suicide

May 6, 2013 

Thank you for publishing the well-written April 29 article reporting the increase of suicide among midlife baby boomers. I was relieved to read an article without the word "commit" when referring to suicide.

There was a time when suicide was considered both illegal and sinful, but since 1999, The Compassionate Friends, Grief Support after the Death of a Child, officially adopted the term "died by suicide."

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.

It's time to end the stigma and shame associated with suicide and help give grieving families the support they need. Thank you for modeling this with your use of compassionate language in this article.

ERIN NELSON

executive director, Jessica's House:Grief Support for Children, Teens and Families

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