Stoicism and Suicide

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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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.