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“My mother always said to Live Big. Live as much as I could.’’ Three generations of women. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy. “I have Stayed. I have Stayed - I have Stayed for as long as I possibly can.” Anatomy of a Suicide premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs on 3 June 2017, in a production directed by Katie Mitchell.
Suicide is the action of killing oneself intentionally. It is a multidimensional disorder, which results from a complex interaction of biological, genetic, psychological, sociological and environmental factors. For the last few decades it has become a serious health problem in our modern societies. Throughout the world, about 2000 people kill themselves each day. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the 15 to 35 year age group. This book provides a comprehensive account of the state of current knowledge concerning incidence of suicide and attempted suicide. It describes the biological, genetics, psychological, and socio-logical factors related to suicidal behaviour. It also discusses assess-ment, treatment, and prevention. It will serve as a highly useful reference too for anyone, including physicians, nurses, social workers, counsellors, teachers, clergy and parents interested in learning more about suicide.
The story of Orville Gibson, a Newbury, Vermont farmer whose frozen body was found in the waters of the Connecticut River on March 26, 1958, has remained controversial for over half a century. The investigation into Gibson's death and the subsequent trials and acquittals have made the case one of Vermont's most famous "murder" investigations.In his new book on the case, retired judge Stephen B. Martin of Barre, Vermont offers the fullest account of the events leading up to the victim's disappearance and death, including the individuals involved, and the expert testimony that was brought to light during the court proceedings. The story, he points out from the start, is one of conventional wisdom and how it is created, then overthrown. Where were the investigators with open minds? Why did they twist the facts to suit their theories instead of relying on observation to draw inferences based on what they observed?Arthur Conan Doyle's story The Problem at Thor Bridge bears a striking similarity to the Gibson case. In Martin's view, the mystery of Orville Gibson could have been solved without arousing controversy by a detective of intelligence and method like Sherlock Holmes.
The Anatomy of Suicide applies the interactional view of human behavior to the problem of suicide. The interactional view holds that the behavior of person A controls the behavior of person B, and vice versa. When a person threatens to kill himself or herself, this threat is intended to force another person in a relationship to change. When a person commits suicide, it signifies that the attempt to force the other person to change has failed. When a threat is carried out, it is because he or she believes that the prospect of change on the part of the other is zero. Suicide is the symbolic punishment of one person by another. Shame and guilt are the force-fields in this punitive process. After a suicidal death, at least one survivor will be blamed for it and made to live with its consequences. Into this volatile situation that is fueled by the most primitive and negative of human emotions, comes the therapist - determined to save a life. This kind of pathology is not the same as the kind a therapist normally encounters, and special interventions will be needed to prevent the suicidal act. This book spells out those methods, step by step and in full detail. By means of these strategies, the therapist can stitch together a relationship that has come apart at the seams and which, if not repaired, may have deadly consequences. Because suicide is an interpersonal event, there is good reason to believe that social sanctions will evolve to eradicate it largely from the human condition. Preventing suicide will eventually become an intrinsic achievement of social control.
Human actions are more under the influence of example than precept; consequently, suicide has often been justified by an appeal to the laws and customs of past ages. An undue reverence for the authority of antiquity induces us to rely more upon what has been said or done in former times, than upon the dictates of our own feelings and judgement. Many have formed the most extravagant notions of honour, liberty, and courage, and, under the impression that they were imitating the noble example of some ancient hero, have sacrificed their lives. They urge in their defence that suicide has been enjoined by positive laws, and allowed by ancient custom; that the greatest and bravest nation in the world practised it; and that the most wise and virtuous sect of philosophers taught that it was an evidence of courage, magnanimity, and virtue. There is no mode of reasoning so fallacious as that which is constantly appealing to examples. A man who has made up his mind to the adoption of a particular course can easily discover reasons to justify himself in carrying out his preconceived opinions. If a contemplated action, abstractedly considered, be good, cases may be of service in illustrating it. There must be some test by which to form a correct estimate of the justness or lawfulness of human actions; and until we are agreed as to what ought to constitute that standard, examples are perfectly useless. No inferences deduced from the consideration of the suicides of antiquity can be logically applied to modern instances. We live under a Christian dispensation. Our notions of death, of honour, and of courage, are, in many respects, so dissimilar from those which the ancients entertained, that the subject of suicide is placed entirely on a different basis. In the early periods of history, self-destruction was considered as an evidence of courage; death was preferred to dishonour. These principles were inculcated by celebrated philosophers, who exercised a great influence over the minds of the people; and, in many instances, the act of self-immolation constituted a part of their religion. Is it, then, to be wondered at, that so many men, eminent for their genius, and renowned for their valour, should, under such circumstances, have sacrificed themselves?
12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year (Counseling) What is the church's role in suicide prevention? While we tend to view the work of suicide prevention as the task of professional therapists and doctors, the church can also play a vital role. Studies show that religious faith is an important factor reducing the risk of suicide. Yet many pastors, chaplains and pastoral counselors feel overwhelmed and unprepared to prevent suicides. In this practical handbook, psychologist Karen Mason equips ministry professionals to work with suicidal individuals. Integrating theology and psychology, she shows how pastoral caregivers can be agents of hope, teaching the significance of life, monitoring those at risk and intervening when they need help. Because church leaders are often present in people's lives in seasons of trouble and times of crisis, they can provide comfort in the midst of suffering and offer guidance for the future. When our church members struggle in the darkness, the darkness need not overcome them. Discover how you and your church can be proactive in caring for those at risk of self-harm.
Whether competent, terminally ill patients have a right to die with the assistance of their physicians or whether state and national governments have legitimate interests in forbidding the exercise of this right are the central questions around which this book revolves. In either case, essential constitutional issues as well as ethical and medical reflections enter the debate. This book, blending original sources and expert commentary, prepares its readers to enter the discussion by providing an accessible and concise introduction to the law and politics of physician-assisted suicide. Its timely appearance also sets the stage for understanding future state referenda, court decisions, legislation, and executive orders expected in 2002 and beyond. Visit our website for sample chapters!

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