Why We Kill Ourselves

Feb 12, 2019

Why we do we kill ourselves? It's a tough question, but the science writer Jesse Bering says that if we can answer it, we stand a better chance of thwarting a tragic act.

When it comes to suicide, the questions are never easy. What is a suicidal person thinking and feeling? What could we have done to help? Why, in the end, do we kill ourselves? Tuesday, we’re talking about this most human of problems. The writer Jesse Bering is among our guests. He says that if we can tap into suicide’s psychological secrets we stand a better chance of thwarting a tragic act. We’ll also discuss a local effort to address the troubling link between guns and suicide.


If you or someone you know is in need of help, there are many places you can turn for support.

  • American Foundation for Prevention of Suicide, www.afsp.org
  • National crisis hotline, 800-273-TALK (8255), or text 741741
  • Utah Suicide Hotline
    Valley Mental Health
    Crisis Line, 24 hours / 7 days
    (801) 261-1442


UT Suicide Prevention- Gun Range - from UT Suicide Prevention Coalition on Vimeo.