Researcher and survivor of suicide loss Thomas E. Joiner, PhD has attained significant success in a brief career since 1995. He is a recipient of the coveted Guggenheim Fellowship - the only researcher in psychopathology or suicidology to ever attain this distinction. Dr. Joiner holds the Bright-Burton Chair in Psychology at Florida State University, realized a decade after Joiner's own father died by suicide in 1990. His new and novel theory on why people become suicidal has been met with accolades from the field, and some suggest it could have significant impact on the current understanding of serious suicidal behavior and its origins. Here Joiner discusses his pioneering premise, its implications and how this work might contribute to saving lives.