Dave and I have been doing better. Dave’s been working on finishing a post for my blog. I asked him about authoring a post when I first set my blog up. I let him know, no pressure, only if he felt ready.
Making public disclosures, is hard, even for myself, it’s hard to self-identify as the partner of a person who made a suicide attempt, hence the “private pain,” as the key words in my blog’s name. In my posts I don’t use my real name, or Dave’s partly to protect Dave’s identity, but also to protect my own.
I was on Facebook’s, American Association of Suicidology page, and found a link to this NY Times post
about the hidden population of attempt survivors. The article reported that one factor in the “invisible” nature of this population was the stigma and shame in self-identifying as an attempt survivor. Another factor was the concern by mental health professionals of the stressors involved in sharing one’s story–that the negative reaction of the audience (or perceived negative receptivity of the audience), for example could trigger an attempt.
Another hidden population not identified in the article, are the people whom are are the primary audience for this blog–the partners of the individuals that attempt suicide.
I myself believe in the