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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Has Reached a Tipping Point in America

Nancy Farrell, M.P.A. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Farrell, M.P.A.

AFSP will prevent suicide, and like our mission, we will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We pause in memory -- then we will go back to work.

Clinical Depression: The Silent, Soul-Crushing Killer That Claims Lives Daily

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Clinical depression is brutal and unrelenting. It's like holding 50-pound weights over your head while standing in quicksand during a thunderstorm. You're stuck. You're weighted down.

We Are All Survivors

Kiley Smith | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Kiley Smith

This article was originally posted via Cherry Blossoms The Blog Few moments of my life have brought so much pain to me that I struggle to br...

Promising Poll Kicks Off National Suicide Prevention Week

Robert Gebbia | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Gebbia

Last year the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025. That's potentially tens of thousands of lives we can save over the next ten years. A new poll we released for National Suicide Prevention Week shows we're off to a good start.

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.

Why I Joined the Suicide Prevention Movement

Teresa Ferguson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Teresa Ferguson

I am the VERY proud mother of two daughters. My youngest daughter, Kate, is terrific and stays resilient and strong in her fight for finding a way to prevent suicide for others. Her sister, my older daughter, Ginny, died by suicide in 2008.

How We End Suicide

Robert Gebbia | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Gebbia

To understand how big of an impact raising awareness could make in suicide prevention, consider these three facts.

How I Survived Losing Our Son to Suicide

Phil Chearmonte | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Phil Chearmonte

Before our son died, we knew very little about suicide, and if we had known for one second that he was contemplating ending his own life, we would have done everything in our power to stop it, just as any parent would.

Together We Can End Suicide

Alyssa Relyea | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Alyssa Relyea

For the past several years, I have volunteered for AFSP and led a team in the Chicagoland Walk because, although I don't miss Andrew as acutely anymore, I vividly recall how impossibly difficult those first years were.

Why I'm Speaking Out About Suicide

Emily Hoerner | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Hoerner

March 20, 2009, 3:10am the phone rang. It was my parents ... both of them were on the line ... telling me something that even five years later I still can't understand, and barely believe. They told me that Jed, my brother, was dead.

Joan Rivers Didn't Just Tell Jokes. She Fought For AIDS Patients And Suicide Prevention, Too

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact

Don't be fooled -- while Joan Rivers' unfiltered brand of comedy didn't always show it, the legendary entertainer had a heart of gold. Rivers die...

What the Robin Williams Tragedy Means for You

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As sad as it is that we have lost Robin Williams, if his death can prevent further suicides, perhaps Williams's legacy and contribution to the common good does not have to end with his untimely passing.

'Doubtfire Face' Aims To Raise Awareness For Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Since the tragic news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke, fans have shown an outpouring of support by sharing their favorite memories, films, quotes a...

Robin Williams and My Stepmother Never Met...

Ian Sephton | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ian Sephton

Depression is a real disease, serious as cancer or heart attack. For some they fight for years trying to make sense of it, balance chemicals with medication, and go to counseling hoping to see the brighter side of life. Others like my stepmother and Robin Williams have already lost that fight.

Suicide Prevention in the Shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Let us hope that the district directors do indeed vote in favor of this stainless-steel net, which will save countless lives. Too many suicidal people have been drawn to the fabled span for the same reason that the non-suicidal are drawn to it: its unparalleled beauty.

Healing My Family's Painful Legacy of Suicide

Anne DiNoto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anne DiNoto

On July 7, 1981 like a typical teenager, I was sun bathing at the local public pool, Highland Park in Endwell, New York when I heard my younger sister, Chris screaming, "Uncle Tony is dead!" I was fourteen at the time. I was startled and confused and tried to reassure her everything would be okay. I thought, "How can that be he is only thirty-three?"

Looking For Solace After My Wife's Suicide

Bill Zito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Zito

Carol Stiers-Zito was the center of the universe; at least she was to me. My wife's sudden and unexpected death left a devastating void in my life and the life of our daughter. The last seven years have been an obstacle course of grief, second guessing and self-doubt intertwined with a constant search to extract something positive or affirming from the tragedy

Celebrate Life: A Song, A Clothing Line, and Suicide Prevention

Charles Howard | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Charles Howard

Earlier this month, Interscope and Matriarch Records recording artist Starshell spoke and performed at the Walk out of Darkness event, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in Washington, D.C.

Hero Officer Reunites With California Man 8 Years After Saving His Life

Posted 05.13.2013 | Good News

In March 2005, Kevin Berthia climbed over the railing of the Golden Gate Bridge. Desperate and distressed, the young man was ready to jump to his deat...

Meet The Cop Who's Saved Hundreds From Suicide

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.08.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- As he shivered on a narrow iron bar 220 feet above San Francisco Bay, 22-year-old Kevin Berthia heard a voice. It did not belong to t...

Robin Wilkey

A Terrifying Revelation About The New Bay Bridge | Robin Wilkey | Posted 06.12.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- At the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary last month, tens of thousands of participants gathered on Crissy Field and the Marina Gree...

Thoughts on Getting Through Thanksgiving After Suicide

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine A. Scheller

The association between my son's birthday and our most heartwarming holiday presents both challenges and opportunities for getting through what has become, for me, an emotionally-fraught month.

Jamey Rodemeyer's Suicide Sheds Spotlight, Caution For Teens

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Taunted since grade school for hanging out with girls, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer told his parents things were finally getting ...

I've Already Been Left Behind And Life Is Good

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Anyone who has lived through the death of a loved one by suicide knows it can be a daily challenge to remember that life is good. Team Life Is Good was created with suicide survivors in mind.