Being Catholic and Suicidal — An Introduction

Being Catholic and Suicidal — An Introduction July 25, 2019

Being Catholic and suicidal is a tough gig. I’m sure it’s not much different, if at all, from being non-Catholic and suicidal. Not to say it’s the same thing, just to say that it’s tough.

Suicidal by Martin Hricko.  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. WikiCommons.

Suicide is no joke, but I might be the first to make a joke of it.  That is to say, suicide is serious: we can’t pretend that it’s not a problem or that one could simply discard or disregard those who contemplate, let alone perform, the action.

There are different ‘levels’—not to sound like a video game—of suicidality.  Some think about it to a significant degree (ideation) and others have gone beyond planning it out and look forward to their death as the end result of some act.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve last shared anything with readers here at Patheos.  That’s the case for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into at this point.

The important part has to do with having decided to make a ‘come back‘ and talk about suicidality as an active mode of being.

I hope, as a start, to share that this is a complex ‘issue,’ and that this first communication is nothing more than, perhaps, a mere introduction to future communications.

There’s a ton to do with it, and it’s not at all simple to put into words.  While I am sure I can reasonably share my own thinking through the ‘episode’ (if I may), I am, at the same time, hoping, in the back of my mind, that this doesn’t lead to my live-blogging a suicide attempt.

How ironic would that be?

Keith Michael Estrada


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