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Robin Williams: His Legacy of Laughter & Sadness

Who would have thought that behind the funny face and well-timed quips lay a complex interplay of struggles which would lead to his tragic demise. He chose the limelight of the stage in which to enact his improvised personas for the amusement of his audience, but in the end his toughest role was his real […]

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Self-inquiry: a key to self-liberation

Imaginary Interview with David Webb, suicide Attempter and Suicidologist In 2002, David Webb addressed the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference in Sydney. Dr Carla devised an interview format as the best way of presenting the insights he shared. Dr C: Describe some of the feelings you experienced when you were suicidal. DW: I used to sometimes […]

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Caroline Flack – The Fear Factor

Caroline Flack’s suicide has sent shockwaves around the internet. It confirms that we should never allow our externals to define us. By all appearances, Caroline had everything to live for – fame, beauty, love, friends. Yet, it clearly was not enough. Perhaps she allowed her troubles to overshadow all these positives, and she reached the […]

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‘Crooked House’

This is a film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same title. This book has a lot to teach us about the dysfunctional family dynamics which could potentially lead to suicide. On the face of it, it is yet another of Christie’s ingenious murder mysteries. This time the detective on the case is not […]

Human Value

A prevailing message in this world is that human beings are expendable. Yet the fact remains that each human being is of value to someone else, and most fundamentally to God. Because the world has become a global village we are overwhelmed by the vastness of the world, yet the world has become accessible with […]

Sanctity Of Human Life

The Bible affirms that we are made in the image of God,  that not one sparrow falls to the ground without God knowing about it and we are worth more than many sparrows; that even the hairs on our head are all numbered; that before we were formed in our mother’s womb God knew us; […]

Suicide When Your Body Betrays You

The world is a better place because Professor Stephen Hawkings did not kill himself. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, and given a life expectancy of two years, no one would have failed to sympathise with his dilemma. But he defied all expectations and lived for a further 55 years with […]

Lessons From Bridgend

It is troubling when anyone commits suicide but even moreso the young who seem to have their whole lives ahead of them. The death of youth spells the death of promise and possibility. It seems cruelly ironic that whereas given the opportunity so many would like to have a another chance to relive their lives, there are […]

How Technology Fosters Social Alienation

One of the most helpless situations would be to see someone kill himself or herself right in front of you without being able to intervene. This was exactly what happened when a 19 year-old Nebraska man shot himself whilst in an online chat room. This type of virtual communication, which has become the order of […]

Mind-set Of A Trouble Shooter

Most human beings when they see trouble coming, head in the opposite direction. That would seem the most sensible thing to do. Yet, trouble is not just an inevitable aspect of living, it is a constant. If we spent our whole lives running away from life, what quality of life would we have? Sooner or […]