By Pamela Nathan
‘Changing Minds, Saving Lives’ – Psychoanalytic Insights is a series designed to introduce psychoanalysis, by taking simple gems from the psychoanalytic dreamtime that may become tools for living.
I think we can say a few simple things about suicide in order to change minds and save lives. Suicide concerns us all.
Some of the emotional triggers can be:
Some of the event triggers can be:
We can all look out for people who are looking or sounding down and find a talking space. But also look out for the people who seem to be doing well – the success story kind of guy. I hear quite often about the guy who “was doing so well” who then took his life. Tell them to stand still and stop suicide and save a life.
“It is Kantjira himself who is sitting without a move.
Moveless like a boulder he is sitting;
His hair bedewed with the rain he is sitting…
Shaking the earth, yes, shaking the earth,
Calls the voice of the thunder, the voice of the thunder…
A flash of lightning Shocks and terrifies…
Moveless like a boulder he is sitting
His hair bedewed with rain he is sitting…
The power (of the flood) has been broken,
It is soaking into the sand.”
(Strehlow 1971, 454-458)
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