Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Death by Oppression: Is Suicide a Natural Response to Marginalization - Emily Sheera Cutler

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 
  • Isms 
  • Abuse 
  • Othering  
  • Bullying  
  • Neglect
  • Isolation 
  • Rejection  
  • Discrimination

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

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