Today is world suicide prevention day. I am a suicidologist and psychiatrist from BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Ask me anything about suicidology or suicide prevention!
My name is Tyler Black, and I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have been the Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Department for 9 years, working approximately 400 admitted youth and families and over 1,000 emergency department patients per year.
My primary research interest is suicidology. I have published articles on the utilization of emergency departments for psychiatric services, the use of psychotropic medications, and authored and edited textbooks on Emergency Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – where a (hopefully appropriate) spotlight on suicide prevention raises awareness to the tremendous amount of resources and support that exist out there in the world for people who are struggling with suicidal thinking.
So please, Ask Me Anything about the science of suicide, suicide prevention, suicide prevention training, the media’s reporting of suicide, risk documentation, or other topics you can think of!
WARNING: Suicidal thinking can be increased by reading about, or discussing, topics relating to suicide. Please be aware that the topics inside this AMA could be triggering or overwhelming for some. If you find yourself needing to reach out, please be aware of local and national crisis lines (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines has a helpful list), find someone to talk to, or seek help at your local emergency health facility. Help is available and people with suicidal thinking receiving help experience significant relief and positive outcomes!
Today is a work day for me so I will be responding throughout the day starting at 8amPST/11am EST. I will be replying through the day.
Edit 1230EST I am slowly pecking away at responses throughout the day, between patients and work. Please be patient! I'll focus on the most upvoted for now but I will look for unique questions as well!
Edit 1400EST 838 new messages in my inbox - it's unrealistic at my pace I'll respond to everything but I'm doing my best.
edit 1530EST - I'm replying and now it's at 1125 new messages. Thank you all for your contributions and I am continuing to work at my plodding pace. I couldn't dedicate today to replies like I have done previously, so it's nowhere near fast enough to reply.
edit 1800EST I have to formally say here, and sorry that those who don't get a reply, that I can't provide specific medical advice on reddit. I'll do my best but there are many people who are posting their personal stories. I've read them. I care. I hope help is available and I feel my other responses have addressed a lot of what my general advice would be. I will reply where I can but there is an overwhelming amount to get through.
edit 2030 EST I have to tap out now... I will try my best to get to questions I feel are left unanswered but I should probably turn off the faucet now. For those who have shared stories, thank you, and I'm sorry I couldn't get to everyone. Today was truly epic and eye opening to how much more I need to get more public messaging out there.
If there's one thing i want everyone here to know, it's the following phrase for the people in your life: "hey just to let you know, if you ever need me, give me a call, I really care about you."
edit 0430am: thank you all! I put my best effort in and thank you to amazing redditors who also stepped up. Good night reddit!