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Suicide Prévention

One Simple Action Can Prevent Suicide

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

Whenever a well-known individual completes suicide, we often find ourselves engaged in a national conversation on the topic as we ask shake our collec...

O-Kern-Homa, the 2016 Edition

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Domenick Scudera

This woman needs to talk to someone about why she is ignoring the duties she was elected to do in lieu of drafting needless, dangerous, discriminatory bills.

New Mormon LGBT Policy: Putting Already Vulnerable Youth at Even Greater Suicide Risk?

Mitch Mayne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

Today, the message to LGBT Mormon youth is clear, and it's a bleak Sophie's Choice: either resign yourself to life of celibacy, or be ejected from your church and family -- for all time and eternity. Regardless of which option Mormon youth choose, they lose.

An Open Letter to Young People Struggling, From a Suicide Survivor

Amanda Redhead | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Amanda Redhead

We, the survivors, understand that you are not living day to day, but moment by painful moment. We are holding space for you to reach that moment that is easier, the moment that is not full of pain. I know you will get there, if you simply keep moving forward. I am so very glad that I did.

You Are NOT A Burden

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Seth Adam Smith

In March of 2014, Ganel-Lyn Condie was shocked to learn that her sister, Meggan, had died by suicide. Since then, Ganel-Lyn--an author and speaker--...

Four Mental Health Tips for the Back-to-School Season

Josh Rivedal | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

To have a successful transition back to school and to stay in one piece, you need to develop resources to live mentally healthy and to repair those metaphorical cracks in the brain when everything around you seems like its falling apart you feel like you might crumble.

Countdown to the Solstice: Shining Stars in Oregon

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This is the last blog in our series as we count down to the winter solstice -- the darkest day of the year. These past few weeks, we've featured some ...

"Escape" Shows Harsh Reality of Native American Youth - Best Student Film at LA SKINS FEST

Reiner Lomb | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

Best Student Film Award winners at 2015 LA SKINS FEST. Left to right: Ute Mountain Ute Councilwoman Deanne House, film students: Tayanita Hatch, De...

Everything Is Awful and I'm Not Okay: Questions to Ask Before Giving Up

Catherine Sigit | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Sigit

Recently I've found an interesting blog post with self-care questions to ask during depression or suicidal ideation. The author, Sinope, has been seei...

The Prevention of Suicide Through Unconditional Love

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Although suicide is not seasonally dependent, the festivities may bring many LGBT persons more dread than cheer. Reflect on your relationship with your child this holiday season. A parent's assurances of unconditional love can be the difference between life and death.

Collateral Damage

Kristina Kaufmann | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Kristina Kaufmann

The yellow ribbons have faded and the welcome home parades are a distant memory. But there's a price to pay for outsourcing our national defense to less than one percent of the population over 14 years of war. This isn't a military problem. It belongs to all of us.

It Honestly Does Get Better

Marion Leary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

From 1983-1991, my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death...obviously it was...

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.

The Alarming Statistics On Millennials With Guns

Caroline Beaton | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Caroline Beaton

Last Friday night, four people were shot a block from my house in Denver. This event and countless others inevitably spark debate on American gun laws. But we consistently forget to factor in the group that's most affected when forming our views: America's youth.

Movember Gives Men A Starting Point For All The Feels

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Changing your mental health requires the same amount of work as changing your physical health. All of it begins with knowing where you are right now and what you'd like to work on. To find your starting point answer these five questions:

How The Defeat of HERO Impacts LGBTQ Youth

Abbe Land | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Abbe Land

This defeat is a setback to LGBTQ rights in Houston, and it sets a dangerous precedent in this country.

My Journey as a Suicide Loss Survivor

Denae Erickson-Pottebaum | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Denae Erickson-Pottebaum

Shortly after Matt died, I overheard someone say, "I just don't understand it. He always had a smile on his face." This comment made me angry. Who wer...

The Lessons From My Father's Suicide

Sarah Holroyd | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Holroyd

Suicide is such a confusing thing to process when you are the one who is left behind. On Dec. 13, 2014, my dad killed himself. He took his ow...

Labeling Suicide 'Selfish' Is Just Stupid

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Montgomery

My daughter has schizoaffective disorder. She is also happy, incredibly smart, funny, creative, nerdy, talented, so very kind and a good soul. She is not her illness.

Here's Why Thousands of Teens Are in Danger and Society Does Not Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Perhaps the biggest impact you can make with those who have aged out of the system is to become an advocate of change. By contacting lawmakers, politicians, and publicity agents you can bring attention to the needs of these young adults.

Could Feminism Save Men's Lives?

Kelley Clink | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Clink

I'm now the mother of a son. He's going to grow up under the weight of some gender stereotypes -- after all, you don't undo this kind of programming in a single generation -- but I hope the world he inherits will be a safer place for both men and women to be vulnerable. A place where emotions are allowed to be part of the human experience, and we're all taking better care of each other and ourselves.

O.S.U. Swimmers Agree: Cancer Also Strikes People Living With Disabilities

Jim Luce | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

The Ohio State University (O.S.U.) Men's Swimming Team will soon have a Big Challenge Swim (Race4cure) meet vs. Ohio's Kenyon College on October 30, representing two of the nation's best college swim programs.

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.

Busting Through the Old Paradigm of Prevention

Laura DiMinno | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Laura DiMinno

(Photo credit: Peter J. Hughes) In the month of September, I've written a series of blog posts in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. They'v...

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

Richard Taite | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorrow, it will be someone els...