Tag: Suicidality

  Always a Critic

Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or what you’ve done? This article is about dealing with the inner critic, a common contributor to depression.  

  Take on your inner critic

Do you have an inner critic? Do you have an internal voice that sometimes criticises something about you or something you have done? As a psychologist, I assume that everybody does. It’s normal to have an inner critic. The real question is what is our relationship with that part of ourselves that critically observes and… Read more »

  Never Take Your Own Life

Last year the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. Sorry to bring up such a down topic, but I assure you that things look up at the end. Because that’s how it is with suicidal thoughts and struggling with impulses to end one’s life. Resist suicidal thoughts at all costs, because things get better… Read more »

  Don’t Give Up

Last year, the suicide rate in Australia increased by 9%. This article emphasises that regardless of how much someone may be struggling, suicide is never the answer as it is always possible to recover from depressive episodes.

  How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey provides some practical tips for when someone is having suicidal thoughts. It’s important to have a way to deal with suicidal thoughts. Roughly 1 in 3 clients who present to our psychology practice will experience some suicidal ideation. Severe and ongoing distress can hugely distort our thinking. It’s important to reach… Read more »

  Existential Depression in Young Men

Over recent years I’ve noticed an increase in depression amongst bright, creative and resourceful young men in early years of adulthood. I think it hints at deep social and cultural change. This pattern contrasts with that expectation that mental health problems such as depression are more likely to be suffered by those who are less… Read more »

  13 Reasons Why – To See or Not to See?

This article considers the potential positive and negative influence of the hit TV series, 13 Reasons Why, on young people’s mental health and wellbeing [Spoiler alert – some plot lines revealed] How could TV producers justify their graphic depiction of the suicide of a 17-year-old girl, a recognized risk factor for copycat suicidal behaviour? As many… Read more »

  Reasons to See

An article about the Netflix TV show 13 Reasons Why and whether you should allow your kids to watch it, considering the potentially distressing content.

  Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts

How can we reduce the incidence of suicide? This is an ever more pressing question, and not just for mental health professionals. Few of us would be untouched by suicide in our local communities and wider social networks. Over the past month I have learnt of the heartbreakingly sad loss of two people through suicide,… Read more »

  Hurting? Reach Out

As instances of suicide are on the increase in Australia, this article emphasises the importance of reaching out and speaking to those close to you when going through dark times in order to avoid some of the more acutely suicidal thoughts that some may experience.