Friday, June 24, 2011

Suicide Prevention

Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight. This is an important article on suicide in the June, 23, 2011 NY Times:

"Marsha M. Linehan, creator of a treatment used worldwide for severely suicidal people, has recently "come out" and described her long struggle with mental illness. This reminds one of Elyn Saks' story and the latter's book, The Center Cannot Hold."

The Times article goes on to say: "[A]n increasing number of [seemingly normal individuals] are risking exposure of their secret, saying that the time is right. The nation’s mental health system is a shambles, they say, criminalizing many patients and warehousing some of the most severe in nursing and group homes where they receive care from workers with minimal qualifications."

Read the Times article and perhaps also Elyn Saks excellent book, in addition.

See video of Dr. Linehan from the Times article.