Over one million people commit suicide every year. Even though the act of killing oneself has not been fully understood due to different risk factors which vary from one to another, regular monitoring has become possible by measures and scales for identifying different symptoms related to suicide ideation and behavior. Medical, Psychological treatments, Clinical management approaches such as creation of Safety Plan and Hope Box have emerged as protective tools against suicide (Joiner, 2011) alongside technologically mediated sources like telephonic Hotline and Internet support group. Continue reading
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Trained psychoanalytically, I am primed not to ask what is true but what things mean. That doesn’t suggest that truth is unimportant, but it does say that fantasies and wishes carry their own significant messages. But this perspective depends on listening to a person, in person. It depends on getting to know that person’s life history, his or her struggles with family, friendship, sexuality, and loss. On the Internet, I feel unaccustomed desire to know if someone is telling “the truth.” Continue reading
In thinking about online life, it helps to distinguish between what psychologists call acting out and working through. In acting out, you take the conflicts you have in the physical real and express them again and again in the virtual. There is much repetition and little growth. In working through, you use the materials of online life to confront the conflicts of real and search for new resolutions. This is how Joel uses Rashi. He has made a space for learning how to comine whimsy and gravitas. Continue reading
It’s difficult to understand persons who are unable to find any reason to live beyond a certain age. While the number of suicide reach over one million people, suicidal people are at stake of being stigmatized by others with “Let it be” attitude to the extant that preventive measures will not affect their decisions.
Self-inflicted death is a complicated act of rage and despair which is not easily predictable. Yet this difficulty could not justify the common misconception since research by social scientists on suicide proves that it could be prevented.
This project will explore different possibilities for relationships between suicidal people and non-suicidal people by controlling the gap between the private experience of suicide and public perception of it through alternative prototypes. As a maker of products, concepts and systems, the underlying intent is to find ways to engage with the group of people with specific psychological needs and to determine whether a designer can contribute to a pressing societal issue.
“I wouldn’t say he didn’t love living, but living for him was difficult,” says Peres, who adds that to his knowledge Snow was alone at the Lafayette House, a hotel in Lower Manhattan, on Monday night. “To simply say he overdosed on drugs is insufficient, because it wasn’t that simple. He died and there were drugs involved. He was complex and astute. He was very sensitive. Although he was only 27, he felt the pain of someone who’d lived a long life.”