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Suicidal thoughts are often hidden. Here's how to talk about it.

By Stacey Freedenthal

17 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The death of a high profile DJ in America has created a space for many conversations about suicide. Washington Post explains how suicidial thoughts often present and how we should talk about it.

In Stephen "tWitch" Boss's final Instagram video, a Christmas tree twinkles with white lights as the famous dancer and "Ellen" DJ fluidly bounces to an upbeat song. As he and his wife, Allison Holker, bop to the rhythm, he smiles. He looks happy.

A few days later, on Dec. 13, in a motel room, the 40-year-old father of three died by suicide, according to the Los Angeles coroner.

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