myTalk 107.1's Lori and Julia spent ten minutes in hour 2 of their broadcast discussing suicide prevention and imploring their listeners to stop using the term "committed suicide." The radio hosts twice mentioned the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). They were prompted by emails following their coverage of L'Wren Scott's death, from, among others, Lindsey Rafnson Barringer, a board member of our Greater Minnesota Chapter and top fundraiser for the Twin Cities Community Walk. Lori has previously shared about the loss of her nephew to suicide a few years ago.
"I'm grateful you are willing to disclose that your family has suffered a suicide because it helps people who don't understand that suicide can happen in any family," Lindsey wrote.
She went on to explain that using terms like "committed suicide" or "killed themselves" implies that the person who died is a killer or has committed a crime. Indeed terms like this only serve to further the stigma that people who have attempted suicide or who have lost someone to suicide face. We thank Lori and Julia as well as Lindsey Rafnson Barringer for speaking out. You can listen to the segment on suicide by clicking the play button above.
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