Shame on Us: Suicide Prevention Advocacy Has Finally Lost It

Gabriel Nathan
8 min readJul 30, 2022
My 10-year-old son edited this. I think he’s pretty cool. I also think he knows more about suicide prevention and awareness than some adults I’ve seen lately online.

I have never been more ashamed, embarrassed, and repulsed about being a suicide awareness advocate in America than I am today.

Suicide prevention and awareness-raising has become, instead of a game of kick-the-can, which it often has been, far worse than that: a venture for maligning crisis workers, pitting advocates against each other, insulting suicide loss…

Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He drives an old VW year round and wears corduroy trousers in the summer.