I am submitting my proposal for my final project soon. I have decided to create a music video illustrating the warning signs of suicide. I will be working with Laramie local, Brittany Wells. Brittany is a very talented singer/songwriter and I am happy to be able to work with her. For the video Brittany will be performing an original piece.
My reasoning for creating a video is grounded in every soundtrack to every movie I have ever seen. Movie soundtracks are amazing. Music has a powerful effect on the mind. … Continue Reading
When someone commits suicide we call them a victim. Why? They clearly made the choice to end their own life. Wether under the duress of an illness or life changing event they made a choice. Using the term “victim” implies that there is no personal choice involved.
Everyday every one of you make hundreds of decisions. What to wear, which way to drive to work or school, whether to get out of bed… etc. Each choice has a consequence. Regardless of how big or small the consequence is it is there none the less. Some consequences have a greater impact than others, if you choose to not go to work, you will not get paid, if you choose to speed you will get a speeding citation from the police. The possibilities are endless. … Continue Reading
The AFSP has a copy of a New York Times Article on their website. The article in question Talks about a senior executive who killed himself. The article treats this executives act of suicide as a beneficial thing, raising suicide awareness in the community. I understand that the AFSP is a bit biased in its opinion but the article does have merit.
The opinions of the AFSP not withstanding, “good coverage” of a suicide should be respectful to both the individuals grieving and the need to serve the greater public good. Not all suicides are newsworthy, but the ones that are affect a far greater number of people than those who are closest to the suicide victim. (I use the term “victim” loosely, but more on that later). The reporter should ask the tough questions such as, why did they kill themselves and did you see it coming.
It is only through group analysis and public participation can we as a community begin to more deeply understand suicide.
Suicide in and of itself is not news. Covering a suicide is a tricky thing to accomplish. Grieving relative’s and friends may or may not consent to being interviewed, photographers have to balance the need for discretion with the need to be in the middle of things to be able to tell the story properly.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP, is a non-profit organazation dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.
As it turns out, the AFSP is a great resource for the media for information about the warning signs and real life examples of good and bad suicide coverage. Some of the examples listed are from such venerable sources as; The New York Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and USA Today. Covering an emotional story is a difficult task. Reporters and editors are often forced to make quick decisions at the last minute in order to beat their competitors to publication. The only true remedy to bad reporting is experience. … Continue Reading
Continuing on with our discussion of suicide and suicide prevention we will visit the The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) website. The CDC website is packed with information about suicide and suicide prevention. The CDC takes a multimodal approach and offers text, images and audio files. All of the offered resources are efficiently organized on the page to maximize ease of access and readability. The information is presented as a series of links organized into different categories such as, scientific information, general information, whats new and featured resources. Overall it is a very user friendly site catering to both data seekers and potential candidates for suicide.
I am working on project exploring suicide and the right to die. My road map for this project is an editorial I wrote detailing my support for the legalization of suicide. The basis of my argument is to put a system in place to make it socially acceptable commit suicide. The results of this social normalization of suicide would be less suicides overall. I believe if it were socially acceptable to commit suicide then more people would seek help. Until that far off day arrives we must be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of impending suicides.
The first reasonable site I encountered on my quest to find the signs and symptoms of suicide was www.suicide.org. The design aesthetic of suicide.org is minimalistic and painful to look at. The site does contain some good information though. Clearly the designer has not discovered Mike Rundles “How CRAP is your site design” article. Finding telephone numbers for suicide prevention centers requires you to scroll past the site creators impassioned plea to not commit suicide and first dial 911. … Continue Reading
Suicide is the answer. Go ahead, what are you waiting for? Nobody loves you, you’re all alone and don’t forget, It’s cold outside. There is one catch to keep in mind while attempting to escape the mortal world, if you fail you go straight to jail (after being discharged from the hospital of course).
Of all the personal freedoms that we have in this country, suicide is not one of them. Christian morals have shaped everything in our lives, from the words printed on our money to our right of self-elimination. The bible says suicide is wrong; so by God we made laws against it. Legally you can commit suicide if you sacrifice your own life to save someone else’s. While self-sacrifice is legal and technically ethical, it is not practical because the opportunities are generally unpredictable and scarce. … Continue Reading