All posts tagged: Suicide and the aftermath

Ashes in the Ocean: Interview with Sebastian Slovin

Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian Slovin’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent his childhood mixing it up in the ocean. As a young boy, he lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life and inspire his writing. Sebastian is the author of The Adventures of Enu and Ashes in the Ocean.  Sebastian is passionate about sharing his story with the intention to help create space for conversations about suicide, mental health, and other difficult topics – to break down the stigma around these topics. Sebastian and his partner Sonya co-founded Nature Unplugged which offers developmental coaching with the focus of cultivating healthy relationships with technology and reconnection to nature. In addition to coaching, Nature Unplugged offers workshops and retreats. Website: SebastianSlovin.Com

Amy Susan Crohn Facilitates Suicide Awareness Event

    Brett Scudder and his SISFI Network are hosting a Suicide Awareness and Prevention NY Tour on Sept. 17th-Oct 3rd across NYC, Long Island and Westchester to bring more awareness, services, programs and resources to address the increasing numbers of people facing serious life challenges and human suffering with suicide ideations/thoughts, and supporting families of loved ones lost to suicide. On October 2 from 6:30-8:30pm there will be a Community Workshop at the Ossining, NY Public Library 53 Croton Ave. President and Chairman of SISFI, Brett Scudder says, “We are elated about this initiative and looks forward to what it will bring for the people and communities. As we build on this collaborative effort, we invite people to join us in bringing public and open dialog about the topic, challenges, needs and stigmas.” Amy Susan Crohn, award-winning author of DYING TO LIVE, lost two family members to suicide, most recently her beloved brother, artist Steve Crohn. Throughout her life Amy has encountered many difficulties and endured life threatening medical emergencies. Her book has been an inspiration to …

Suicide, grief counseling, healing

Shattered Lives: Defining Suicide, Grief, and Healing

  Once again tragedy strikes in 2014 with the untimely and shocking suicide of Robin Williams following on the heels of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and designer L’Wren Scott. The news and social media feeds have been consumed with announcements, theories, well wishes, all which unsettle the emotional state of the public.  Suicide hotlines all over the country have had record number of calls, hopefully by those who see that making the call for help is the better available option. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, suicide rates far outnumber homicide, especially in middle age and elderly populations. What we know about suicide, and the stigma attached to depression, addiction, and mental illness, has been hidden behind closed doors, often relegated to the “family secret.” Shattered Lives Radio offers not only offers condolences to those left behind surviving in the aftermath, but solid information on how to effectively deal with the trauma. Host Donna R. Gore (“LadyJustice”) has frequently invited grief counselor Duane Bowers to the show to provide listeners with expert advice …

Shattered Lives: What Suicide Leaves Behind

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Unlike the theme song to M.A.S.H. suicide is painful, especially to those left behind feeling like they’ve been sucker punched and left with questions that take years of searching for answers, and finding none. The gaping hole in one’s life left by the suicide of a loved one is unique in that commonly there isn’t any warning, at least ones that are easily recognized. Survivors tend to re-live every moment of every day leading up to the event, and question themselves endlessly. Often professional help is needed to assist in moving away from the event itself, and to properly grieve and heal in a healthy manner. Understanding suicide is complex. In a recent article by Dr. Scott Bonn for Psychology Today,The Reality of Suicide: A Growing Epidemic he states, “Consider this: There are now more than two suicides for every murder in the U.S., and suicides also outnumber deaths in motor vehicle accidents. To put it in perspective, there are currently about 15,000 murders, 33,000 auto fatalities and 38,000 suicides in the U.S. …