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What is “Suicidality” and where does it come from?

Suicidality is a spectrum of thought patterns and behaviors including:

Thoughts of dying by suicide
Plans for dying by suicide
Attempts to die by suicide
Death by suicide

Ideation means thought.  Suicidal thought is not just feeling really sad.  It is not a matter of wanting to die.  Most people who become suicidal do not truly want to die.  Instead
they want the pain to stop.  They feel their situation is untenable, unchangeable and hopeless.  Suicidality is the result of massive hopelessness.  A person is driven to believe that there is only one way to bring relief or cessation of pain.  That thought pattern can create an indelible deeply laid neural pathway perpetuated by endorphins supplied by the relieving thoughts themselves. Once the suicidal thought patterns begin - it is very difficult to stop thinking about "not being here".  That's because suicidal thought is endorphin-driven and it follows that same neural pathway in the brain over and over again. While suicidality can be a frightening or taboo subject to many people, those who are dealing with it on a daily basis know that it is very real, painful, and drastically affects every aspect of your life.

Is thinking about "not being here" the same thing as thinking about suicide?



































You can learn more in the book "Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy" at Third Place Books!



The neural pathway of suicidality in your brain may have started as a coping mechanism. But it can inadvertently become an automatic, habitual, and very deadly one for you.  Those ruts or neural pathways may seem unavoidable and unchangeable. But things are about to change for you. It is not your fault that your brain has been hijacked and sidetracked by this neurobiological process.  You've had no way to control it or understand it - until now

             Suicidality is a natural strategy for a mind to employ.  It's simple: "If you cannot remove the              vexing problem - remove the person the problem vexes." 

      It is this simple and natural, yet tragic, strategy for overcoming crushing adversity that explains              the amazing prevalence of suicidal ideation in the general public and the military.  See              publications: Arango, V., Huang, Y., Underwood, M., & Mann, J. (2003).; Rudd, D. (2011,              August 4); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The NSDUH              Report (2009, September 17).




       Suicidality has a predictable progressive course.  Unfortunately suicide results in a permanent        solution to a temporary problem.  In order to provide proper treatment for suicidality, we        must embrace and understand its prevalence and progression.


When your first thoughts of suicide came - you didn't know what was really happening to you. How could you? If you will continue to read I can teach you an amazingly effective way to help yourself or someone else get help. In the book "Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy"the author provides you the benefit of decades of study, research, observation and treatment for suicidality.  This life-saving information is applicable for professionals and lay-people alike. Suicidality is explained in a way that you can understand what is really going on inside your brain. You will understand that your suicidality is not your fault at all – but it is causing you misery. And YOU can get control over your suicidality and you can find a new and meaningful life free of being sidetracked by suicidality. 



What everyone NEEDS to know about suicidality!



How the JSP3© works..


The JSP3©© is a powerful coalition consisting of the suicidal person and approximately

          three concerned individuals who join together to actively keep the suicidal person

          alive until they can keep themselves alive.


The JSP3©© is a mutually agreed upon plan of action designed to retrain the brain. It

     is a well-designed, purposefully structured plan that requires total COOPERATION and HONESTY.


             With the concerted and leading effort of the suicidal person and the caring JSP3©©

                          support team, new health-affirming neural pathways are forged and suicidal

             thoughts are diminished and collapsed over time, putting the person with suicidality back in the driver’s seat of his or                           her life.


“It was a long and arduous process for my friends. I gave them a hard time and they never ran. I lost it and disappointed them and myself many times and they never gave up on me. They evoked from me honesty and gave me hope. They kept me alive until I could keep myself alive.  That is what proved to be the backbone and the success of this protocol. It does not have to be that long for anyone else. I did not know at that time that I would be giving back in the only way I could - by offering The JSP3© Protocol – a way to keep yourself or someone else alive by working together in a specified way.” RJ


"This is easy to learn...   and life-saving to implement...
Do it NOW, you cannot afford to wait."



Jensen Suicide Prevention Peer Protocol© 

"Loving concern - organized to save lives"











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Important note: Information on this website is not meant to take the place of medical or psychiatric attention for the suicidal individual. Proper psychological evaluation and treatment should be pursued as soon as possible in each case dealing with life-threatening ideation and/or behavior.

Like the trail ruts in the solid bedrock created by wagon wheels cutting the path west in American history, the neural pathways in our brains are laid down and grooved deeper and deeper over time.

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Important note: Information on this website is not meant to take the place of medical or psychiatric attention for the suicidal individual. Proper psychological evaluation and treatment should be pursued as soon as possible in each case dealing with life-threatening ideation and/or behavior.

It seems like it would be very different.  But thinking about "not being here" (free of the pain of hopelessness) releases reinforcing endorphins in the brain and initiates a neural pathway.  You automatically feel better and continue to build a deeper pathway each time you return to the thoughts of taking yourself out of the unrelenting problem(s).  It is not too long before thoughts of "not being here" become thoughts of not being anywhere - then not being alive. If you are thinking about suicide, understand this: The truth is, your brain has been sidetracked by a purely neurological chemical process. Neural pathways (the message highways over which sensory signals travel to the brain) are the    pathways that determine and control our intellectual, emotional, psychological and physical responses.

Unfortunately we reject and deny the possibility that so many could be suffering so  silently. 

But not so surprising, we also fear and stigmatize those who report suffering from

suicidal ideation.

When someone takes a chance and tells you about their suicidal thoughts, how do you know what to say? How do you know what to do?


You might say what most people do: “You have so much to live for.” Or “Do you know what that would do to me?” If so, you have just pushed a suicidal person even deeper into their suicidality. What they hear is “Shame on you.” And they are less likely to mention it again.

Our culture doesn't have a strong foundation in how to intervene and support a suicidal individual. Well-meaning people in that individual's life may not know what is helpful to say or do - which can lead to silence or unhelpful reactions, all of which push the already suicidal individual into a darker place.


What do I do or say?




       Stop denying the prevalence of suicidality.  Hoping something does not exist breeds fear of it. Denial, then, is born out of that fear.  The antidote to fear is              knowledge.  Fear and the anxiety it produces can be alleviated through obtaining more information and understanding.  The standard approach to              suicidality has not worked because it is founded in fear; it is based on pathology.  Realize that someone could be suicidal for long periods of time before they act on it. 


                    If you know of someone who is suicidal - Be sure to take action.
Do not leave the person alone. 
                                Seek help by calling the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255  (for Military dial "1") 
                                If there is imminent danger, Call 911 immediately




       Begin learning about and understanding the complexities of suicidality.  Fear and denial are transformed into confidence with an open-minded, problem-solving              approach to suicidality.  When someone makes the initial mention of destroying themselves, you can approach it without fear and with the confidence              to proceed with compassion and active problem solving.


             Learn the memory aid,


                     I DEATION - threatened or communicated
S UBSTANCE ABUSE - excessive or increased

P URPOSELESS - no reason for living
A NXIETY - agitation/insomnia
T RAPPED - feeling there is no way out                                     
H OPELESSNESS/H ELPLESSNESS - believing that the situation won't improve/a feeling of helplessness to make any difference.

W ITHDRAWING - from friends, family, society                         
A NGER (UNCONTROLLED) - rage, seeking revenge                          
R ECKLESSNESS - risky acts, unthinking                                            
M OOD CHANGES/M EDICAL CHANGE (DRAMATIC) - depression followed by calm or happiness, mood shifts/ unremitting pain or                                                                                                                  unresolved medical issues or functional impairment.




       If you know of someone who is actively suicidal right now and in immediate danger of

                                                                        taking their own life—Be sure to take action.

                                                                        Do not leave the person alone.

                                                                        Listen to what is going on with them. Reassure them. Remove lethal means.

                                                                        Seek help by calling the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (dial 1 for military)

                                                                        If there is real imminent danger, call 911 immediately (or your countries emergency services)

Some facts that few know:

Suicide is preventable and treatable.

Most people start thinking about suicide long before they ever talk about it.

Post traumatic stress, acute stress, and life's accumulated distress can visit terrors of unimaginable magnitude.

Lack of sleep prevents any rational thought or focus. Get them a medical evaluation.

When people talk about suicide, they mean it - take it seriously.

Just because someone is laughing and interactive does not mean they are not thinking about suicide as a default coping behavior.

Continued untreated stress and increasing symptoms (substance abuse, raging, insomnia, nightmares, hypervigilance, jumpiness, mood swings among others) will always culminate in serious consequences.

Individuals close to killing themselves get very angry when you "get in their way". Get in their way ANYWAY.

Without intervention and treatment suicide is only delayed.

Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury from concussive blasts are life changing problems - no one is ever the same.

You need support. Remember, to "get three" means concerned others who know the JSP3©© work with you. Everyone supports each other.

Do not think that any legal action is too drastic to keep someone alive. You take actions to keep them alive until they can think straight enough to keep themselves alive.

Never allow any suicidal person to keep a weapon. If you see it, you take it, or get someone with authority to remove it.

Keep the suicidal person far away from inappropriate coping mechanisms (alcohol, drugs, weapons, other dangerous people or situations.)

If you believe honestly that someone is in real and immediate danger, call 911. Don't worry about how angry that person will be. Go ahead and look like a fool. Do it for life - the precious life of your loved one.

If you have to shout to be heard, then shout how much you care. Do not become so empathetic that you jump into the suicidal boat, too.

Situations change over time. Buy time…one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

Healing is a daily process. Suicidal thought is NOT conducive to healing in any way.