Stoicism and Suicide

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A piece I authored titled ‘Stoicism and Suicide’ in which I encourage people to find the will to live was published on

I recently wrote a piece on the topic of suicide based on an episode of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast titled ‘Stoic Philosophy: Suicide, Finding the Will to Live.’ I draw upon passages from Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ to examine issues surrounding reasons behind suicidal thoughts.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

I’ll explore passages in Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic relating to the topic of suicide which can encourage people to find the will to live by working to improve by taking action; enduring suffering; having a sense of gratitude; having hope for the future; reflecting on past accomplishments; accepting elements of chance and inevitability in life; being mindful of thoughts and emotions to have insight motivated toward change; preparing for hardships; being strong and brave; considering the impact suicide can have on others; and finding meaning in life. is the home for writers, speakers, psychotherapists, and others who share an interest in modern applications of Stoic Philosophy. Events like Stoicon, Stoic Week, and Stoic Mindfulness & Resilience Training Courses are highlighted on the website which also includes interviews, announcements, and videos. Dr. Gregory Sadler helps maintain the website and spoke with me for an episode for the Stoic Philosophy Podcast titled ‘Stoicism and Anger with Gregory Sadler

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