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National Suicide Prevention Week

I Survived Suicide Loss -- Now, I Volunteer

Jennifer White | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer White

When someone goes through the tragedy that is losing a loved one to suicide they are called a "survivor of suicide loss." I became a survivor of suicide loss on July 19, 2011. I was 23 years old and my mother Joanie had ended her own life.

Suicide Prevention Month: Keep Fighting -- Together

Vanessa Berben | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Berben

I almost didn't make it for one of the greatest eras of my life. Right at this very moment, no career has been more rewarding, new friendships have never been so promising, and most importantly: I love someone more fiercely, more openly and honestly than I ever have before. And it almost never happened.

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.

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.

Thoughts on Suicide From This Bipolar Chick

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Today, we give priority to discussing suicide after tragedy strikes, but then we yank it away weeks later. The light fades and progress goes on the back burner until next time. I can't be the only one to recognize this pattern.

Welcome to Midnight: Welcome to World Suicide Prevention Day

Jamie Tworkowski | Posted 11.10.2014 | Good News
Jamie Tworkowski

Welcome to Midnight. That's what we say when the ball drops and a new year begins. I like that moment because beyond the fireworks and resolutions, beyond the kisses and celebration, is the quiet hope that something can be new.

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.

We Can Prevent Suicide

John Draper, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
John Draper, Ph.D.

What can you do to prevent suicide? You can read about the warning signs for suicide and how to help someone. Another thing you can do is make a 15- to 30-second video, like the one included here.

This is a Love Story

Marvi Lacar | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marvi Lacar

Papa I suspected that my father was manic-depressive after I started dating X. Both men were unpredictable, at times violent, thrilling and volatile b...

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.

Asking Myself The Question: 'Am I Okay?'

Kevin Breel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Teen
Kevin Breel

True change will never come through clever marketing, social media strategies or hashtags; but rather through our humanity. Through our ability to hold on to hope and cultivate community. Through love. Through accountability. Through being honest.