Is suicide a natural response marginalization...?
Is suicide an individual issue or a social one?
Is suicide caused by chemical imbalances or power imbalances?
Emily Sheera Cutler raises and thoughtfully addresses these questions in her presentation "Death by Oppression: Suicide as a Natural Response to Marginalization", offered as a free video seminar on Tuesday, May 15th ~8-9pm EST on Zoom.
Emily highlighted key points from JOINER’S THEORY OF SUICIDE
The theory can be illustrated by 3 intersecting circles, each with varying implications for predicting lethality:
- Circle 1: Thwarted Belongingness - “I am alone.”
- Circle 2: Perceived Burdensomeness – “I am a burden.”
Intersection of Circle 1 and Circle 2 = Desire for suicide
- Circle 3: Capability for Suicide - “I am not afraid to die.”
Intersection of all 3 circles = Suicide or near-lethal suicide attempt
In addition, Emily connected a variety of socially salient topics relevant to the suicide discussion, including:
- Minority Stress
The presentation was a part of "May is Power Threat Meaning Month" - a social justice alternative to the pharma and treatment industry sponsored "May is Mental Health Month." More info and full schedule of events is availabler at: https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/05/may-power-threat-meaning/
There is a related discussion on Facebook happening at the Wellness & Recovery Human Rights Campaign, facebook.com/groups/WellnessRecoveryRights/
If you like this, you might like the our 'Peerly Human' alternative to conventional mental health at: Peerlyhuman.blogspot.com