For a couple of months past I have begun (tentatively and humbly) but with a view to eventual publication on this website or by way of a commercial publisher, to document my personal perspectives (1982-2015) on suicide and suicidology. Coincidentally subtle changes in my physical health have signalled memento mori. I'm not afraid to acknowledge the truth, the unavoidable reality of the human life-cycle: beginning, growth, maturity, decline, end. Rather I know that each day lived has reduced my 'allotted span' by one and this, hopefully encourages me to 'get the finger out' and to reach out towards my goal/s. Dag Hammarskjold's 'Markings'(1964) include his insightful, helpful aspiration: "Tomorrow we shall meet, death and I - and he shall thrust his sword into one who is wide awake'. Deo volente.
I am still pondering a further (second) meeting of the Belfast Centre for Study of Suicide (BCSS) - the initial gathering was in Aug 2013, and related documents are available on site. And perhaps another (third) local tv-online interview with my friend Rowan Hand in Newry, Co Down. But echoing in my head are the gently challenging remarks of my good friend and long-term adviser W - 'Maybe it's not the right time for you' - in other words the BCSS is either premature or misdirected or both. In the meantime I have enquired about legal protocols,if any, regarding using the name SuicidologyNI as a more convenient, portmanteau title for the Centre that encapsulates the principal objective of our work - the study of suicide, including suicide prevention, in Northern Ireland.
I try to respond albeit selectively to online discussions about suicide especially when I am able to refute as robustly as possible the facile, misleading and scaremongering mantra 'mental disease and suicide are cause and effect' that underpins much published suicidology research. I recently (May 2015) wrote to a local print newspaper, that had published some of my earlier articles/letters, about a speculative 'opinion' piece about suicide that I considered misleading. My letter was not published and so I plan to upload it to this site shortly. This is yet another reason for writing about, and publishing as widely as possible, my personal perspectives in order not to 'hide my light under a bushel'.