Why Do People Die By Suicide?

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Today on The Evolved Caveman, a sobering yet incredibly important topic, that of suicide. This conversation may be triggering for some listeners. If you are actively considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Dr. Thomas Joiner is a world renowned expert on suicide and is the author of “Lonely at the Top: The High Cost of Men’s Success” and “Why People Die by Suicide.” He has spent much of his career trying to find out why people die of suicide. The desire for death is comprised of two psychological states. One is a perception of being a burden to others, and the other is a feeling of not feeling connected to a family or a relationship. Combined with a third aspect — an “acquired capacity” for suicide (a fearlessness for death)— the risk for suicide is increased.

Today, an important talk on depression and suicidality, particularly in light of a recent CDC report that came out August 14 of 2020 on a 40% surge in mental health challenges due to COVID; a conversation about the best ways to help men avoid lives of quiet desperation – feeling less than, isolation from others and addiction – through positive changes individually, in our culture and support services. If you are a man living with these challenges, or if you are worried about a man in your life, you must listen to this conversation.

Dr. Joiner is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. Author of over 600 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Joiner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Fellowship. The Lawton Professorship, which Dr. Joiner received in 2010, is FSU’s single highest honor. He was a consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, and is the Director, with Pete Gutierrez, Ph.D., of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, a ten-year $70 million project. Largely in connection with Why People Die by Suicide, he has made numerous radio, print, and television appearances, including articles in The Wall Street Journal, a radio interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and two appearances on the Dr. Phil Show. He runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior.

Thomas Joiner’s Books:
• Why People Die by Suicide
• Myths about Suicide
• Lonely at the Top: The High Cost of Men’s Success
• The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder-Suicide

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