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Suicide Stories

Chronicling the devastating ripple effects when one takes their own life.

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The Author Unpacking an Unhealthy Obsession

Candace Opper was fixated on her dead middle school crush. She wrote a book about trying to figure out why.

My Unhealthy Obsession with My Dead Middle School Crush

We barely knew each other as kids, but years later I was still so fixated about his death that I got a tattoo of his name. At 30, I decided it was finally time to figure out why.

I Had a Postpartum Mental Breakdown—and Was Convinced I Was Dead

When I became a mom at 19, my depression spiraled out of control until I reached a delirious state. I was very much alive, but certain I'd been dead for years.

The Diver Who Brings Up the Bodies

So many Indian farmers are killing themselves that bodies pile up at the end of one long canal. Gurbaksh Singh helps their families find closure.

Stand-Up Comedy Saved My Life. Literally.

I had a gun in my hand when I decided to finally give that open-mic night a shot. Seven years later, I’m a professional comedian.

The King of Adventure Stares Down Death

A rodeo cowboy, skydiver, firefighter, ultramarathoner and motorcycle racer, Coach Stroud is a 71-year-old badass. And he’s determined to die on his own terms.

Mourning My Only Brother… And then Learning I Had Another All Along

I spent almost a decade learning to be an 'only' after Matthew died. The un-learning is almost as disorienting.

Pilgrimage to the Site of My Mother’s Suicide

Mom died in a random parking garage. I didn't know why, but I had to see it.

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Fighting South Korea’s Suicide Crisis With Fake Funerals

In Seoul, everyone from corporations to cafes is working to lower the world’s highest suicide rate.