In Recognition of National Suicide Survivors’ Day

National Suicide Survivors’ Day was this past Sunday. In recognition of this day for those of us who’ve lost loved ones to suicide I wanted to share these two moving articles.




The first one is titled Toward Preventing Adoption-Related Suicide by Mirah Riben published September 14, 2015 in the Huffington Post. It addresses the fact that adopted people as a group are at a higher risk for suicide than the general public. I believe now that my daughter Casey’s suicide was most likely linked to her early infancy including birth trauma and a year in a Polish orphanage. Her basic needs were well cared for but it’s quite possible that a lack of a consistent available caregiver was at the root of her downfall.


The second one is titled The Silicon Valley Suicides by Hanna Rosin published in the December 2015 edition of The Atlantic. It chronicles the heartbreaking story of a rash of teen suicides in Palo Alto, California centered around Gunn High School and Palo Alto High.

If there is any good news in either of these stories it’s that Casey’s loss and the loss of the students in Palo Alto has opened up a dialogue about peer pressure, depression and suicide.

That’s a start.

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