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  • 13 Reasons Why – A Clinical Perspective on the Graphic Depiction of Suicide.

    13 Reasons Why, a Netflix drama series based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher, continues to rise in popularity since its release at the end of March, particularly with teenage audiences. With a compelling storyline and a talented cast, it’s easy to see the attractions of the show. It’s also a controversial show, in that its focus is the gradual progression toward suicide of its main character, Hannah Baker.

  • Katie Lewis, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center.

    This interview is republished with permission from New England Psychologist. It was originally published online on March 2, 2018.

  • Working in an environment deliberately separated from the intensive treatment atmosphere, patients take up the role of student as they participate in a variety of artistic and intellectual endeavors in the Activities Program.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

    Here are five of the most popular blogs from July to September.

     
     
  • As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year. Here are five of the most popular blogs from April to June.

     
     
  • The Austen Riggs Center is focusing some of our research efforts on the issue of suicide.

    This past April, in my blog post entitled “Understanding Self-Destructive Impulses in Daily Life,” I discussed the important impact that daily experiences–in particular, daily interpersonal experiences–can have on self-destructive impulses. For individuals who are contending with chronic mental health concerns and suicidal ideation, feeling at odds with friends and loved ones can increase stress and hopelessness, and prevent relationships with others from serving a protective role during times of crisis.

     
     
  • As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

    As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we reflect on what we have learned and what they have taught us about their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    As we approach the end of 2017, we thought we’d look back over some of our more popular blogs and blog series from this year.

  • Something for the Pain

    Suicide and opioid use/addiction have something in common: they are attempts to solve the problem of pain, both physical pain and psychological pain (also known as “psychache”) (Shneidman 1998). Last summer the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report indicating that death by suicide in the US increased by 24% between 1999 and 2014, translating to 44,193 lives lost each year to suicide–a rate of 13.26 per 100,000 individuals. And this year, in 2017, we have learned that deaths from drug overdoses have increased 2.5 times the rate in 1999, to a rate of 16.3 per 100,000 individuals (Hedegaard, Warner, and Miniño 2017). 

     
     
     
  • Austen Riggs Center clinicians Drs. Eric Plakun and Jane G. Tillman speak about the impact of suicide on clinicians. 

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    The States of Mind (SOM) study involves 131 participants drawn from the patient population of the Austen Riggs Center. Data were collected between 2009-2012. Within this sample we conducted a detailed psychodynamic interview with a subset of 11 patients who had made a medically serious suicide attempt within the two years prior to admission.

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