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    Meyer Moldeven

    A Special Article; A Review of the Literature and Personal
    Reflections, by

    Howard Sudak, M.D., Karen Maxim, M.S., R.N., Maryellen Carpenter

    The authors aim to educate mental health practitioners and trainees
    regarding the issues of stigma and suicide and how stigma impacts
    this diverse population of suicide attempters, completers, their
    families, friends, therapists, and others both personally and

    The authors draw upon their own experiences as survivors and review
    pertinent literature illustrating the history and general impacts of
    this stigmatization. The authors present suggestions to diminish
    stigma both for survivors and the general public.

    Although there appears to have been some diminution in the
    stigmatization of the mentally ill over the past few decades, there
    appears to be less diminution in the stigma associated with suicide
    and suicide-survivorship.

    Mental illness, in general, has become less stigmatized in recent
    years, but suicide remains nearly as stigmatized as ever.


    Moldeven’s comment

    Suicide is often ignored
    and stigmatized by the public. Stigma may lead to social marginalization,
    isolation, even discrimination and exclusion from normal means toward attaining
    personal economic, social and political objectives.


    Increase awareness in every
    community that suicide is a public health problem. Each suicide produces at
    least six, and as many as hundreds of ‘survivors,’ or people left behind to
    grieve. Based on the 766,042 suicides from 1982 through 2007, it can be
    estimated that the number of survivors in the U.S. is 4.6 million.


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