The Ethics of Working With Suicidal Clients

I wrote this essay years ago, when I was still in grad school and had no idea that I would end up specializing in suicide prevention later in my career! I came across it recently and thought it would be interesting to share it, edited for length including removing all research references (didn't think a … Continue reading The Ethics of Working With Suicidal Clients

How (Not) To Talk About Suicide

I apologize for the rough and rambly nature of this article - it's been a while since I've written anything, and I just wanted to capture the inspiration while it was there!  I won't blame you for feeling afraid when the issue of suicide is raised. I won't blame you for feeling confused, for finding … Continue reading How (Not) To Talk About Suicide

Suicide And Death: A Complicated Relationship

Creative Commons image from JD Hancock "Sometimes I really want to kill myself." "I hear that's bad for your health!" The above exchange took place between a suicidal teenager and their friend. At first the joke might seem a bit insensitive, but in reality it captures a nuance about suicidal thinking that's rarely discussed: suicide … Continue reading Suicide And Death: A Complicated Relationship

Your Career and it’s Relevance to Mental Health

Last week, I started a brand new job as a Career Advisor at a local university.  As a little project to take on, I decided I would try to write a weekly blog entry in an ongoing series called "Dave's Diary," with the focus being on a mix of career tips, career development theory, mental … Continue reading Your Career and it’s Relevance to Mental Health