Konrad Michel, MD

Konrad Michel, MD

Thoughts about suicide as an option
in human life are not uncommon.

Acting on suicidal thoughts is a different matter.

Thoughts about suicide as an option
in human life are not uncommon.

Acting on suicidal thoughts is a different matter.

In a Nutshell:
What You Must Know About Suicide

  • A deeply painful experience can trigger a state of alarm with high emotional stress

  • When we see no solution to an experience of mental pain, we may lose hope and faith in ourselves

  • The situation may become life-threatening when the emotional brain overrules the rational brain and tricks us into believing that suicide is the only solution left to end the unbearable mental state

  • People who survive a suicide attempt tell us that in retrospect they realized that they acted as if driven by an auto-pilot program, not being their usual selves

  • In extreme emotional situations we may do things we regret afterwards. Suicide is one of them

  • Pretending to family and friends that we are ok is a serious deadly trap

  • The key to surviving a suicidal crisis is to overcome shame and pain and talk about the emotional impasse to a trusted person

  • And to learn about the suicide warning signs and safety strategies

Suicide is not an illness.

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Konrad Michel MD

Columbia University Press
Publication Date:
September 2023


The book gives a profound insight into the phenomenon of suicide and what goes on in the mind – and in the brain – of the suicidal person. And it gives hope for people who may be at risk of life-threatening suicidal crises.


“I have vivid memories of the conference workshops in which Konrad would play back videos of patients telling their stories of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. We would dissect the conversations between the patient and their clinician, to identify best practice, to reflect and learn from these encounters.”

Rory O’Connor. When It Is Darkest (p.223). Ebury Publishing 2021. Kindle-Version.

“The field of clinical suicide prevention is exploding in terms of focus and research. Within this context, the “Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program” (ASSIP) is perhaps the most significant innovation we have seen in the assessment and treatment of suicidal risk in the past decade. Developed by a superb team of clinician–researchers, this patient-centered approach is built on sound theory, clinical practice, and science. This is a landmark contribution and may well mark a fundamental shift in how we think about effectively intervening to help save lives of suicidal patients.”

David A. Jobes, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA