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Suicide Prévention

We Need to Talk About Suicide Prevention

Lynn Keane | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

Talking about suicide prevention begins with understanding mental illness. The majority of people who take their lives have an unidentified mental health disorder. Many of those people were unable to share their emotional pain because of the stigma associated with the disease.

Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

Chris Edwards | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Chris Edwards

For parents of kids who are transgender, gender education alone isn't going to provide that reassurance. What I think would really help are more everyday success stories -- people who can show trans kids, their parents and society as a whole that being transgender doesn't have to forever define you (unless you want it to).

Leelah's Legacy Needs Help: A Trans Woman's Call to Arms for the Absolute Right to Exist in Serenity and Safety

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

This needs to end now. Those of us with the resources to fight in any way need to continue to stand up to those who are actively working to see more trans people dead, and we need to be absolutely present with those trans people who, at any given moment, may have fewer emotional or material resources than we do.

Depression as a Mnemonic

S. L. Young | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Nobody has to struggle alone, as there's always someone who is willing to provide assistance. The challenge -- many times -- is to be willing to identify assistance and give someone an opportunity to help.

Teens Read Gripping, Real Messages Sent To Peers After They Committed Suicide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

A new campaign video is showing why it's never too soon to say something kind. In a PSA by anti-bullying organization Champions Against Bullying, t...

3 Good Ways to Recognize You Matter

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Wolffe

I volunteered to write for a prison newsletter and started attending protests at prisons I stood there, tying ribbons on barbed wire fences, marching. The raw caring voices of the other protesters chanting for men and women inside, slowly, restored faith to me.

Depression Can Be a Limiter: Willpower a Liberator

S. L. Young | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

It's been approximately nine months since I almost made a fateful decision to end my life. However, by fighting and willing myself to move forward, share my story, and not to give up on myself or my dreams, my life has led to positive unexpected outcomes. Today, I'm a better, stronger, and a more positive man than I ever thought I could be.

An Open Letter on Suicide: I Will Not Criminalize You

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Sierra Vandervort

Survivors of depression and suicide need help. We don't need Facebook likes; we don't need retweets; we don't need ribbons pinned on backpacks; we don't need you to buy T-shirts. We need to listen to each other. We need to be supportive.

How Do We Find Justice for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.

Lydia O'Connor

A New Feature On The Golden Gate Bridge Could Save Hundreds Of Lives A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living

Earlier this year, a startling statistic emerged: People jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2013 at a rate of almost once a week. N...

The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

Lauren Carson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

As the facts emerge surrounding Titi's passing, I hope that all, especially the black community, are moved to take action to significantly increase awareness and education surrounding mental health, illness and wellness so that we do not have to continue to mourn the passing of so many of our dynamic and extraordinary souls.

Coburn Shows Height of Washington's Hypocrisy Toward Veterans

Ruben Gallego | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Last week we saw a perfect example of how screwed up priorities have gotten in Congress. When the financial sector demanded a provision weakening regulations on risky derivative trading, Congress obliged. When veterans asked for $22 million over five years for a suicide prevention program, Sen. Coburn blocked the entire bill.

Statement on the Suicide of 12-Year-Old Ronin Shimizu

Lillian Rivera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Children deserve a world where they can just be; where gender "diversion" or gender "non-conformity" is encouraged in order to move toward a more authentic expression of oneself. Youth should be liberated from the constraints of gender in order to define who they are for themselves.

Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.

Debunking The Holiday Suicide Myth

Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living

By Regina Boyle Wheeler for Everyday Health If you believe that more people die by suicide over the holidays, you’re buying into a long-perpe...

The Day I Almost Committed Suicide

S. L. Young | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

The morning of my mental health emergency, I knew something wasn't normal shortly after opening my eyes.

This Is a Letter to Lila, Who Would Have Turned 20 if She Hadn't Committed Suicide

Claire Dinh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Claire Dinh

Lila, They say that time heals when grieving the loss of a loved one. But it's been 2.5 years since you killed yourself, and I'm not so sure I'm d...

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

Just 6 Therapy Sessions May Be Enough To Lower Suicide Risk

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science

Each year, suicide claims the lives of more than 40,000 Americans -- many of whom never seek professional care. But new research suggests that access ...

Careful Telling a Survivor Suicide Is 'Preventable'

Darah Zeledon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Suicide sucks. And all the propaganda about it being preventable, which it is, rubs salt in the wounds for us survivors who've lost a loved one.

Suicide: A Shocking Statistic That We Need to Get to the Bottom Of

Kristan Braziel | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Kristan Braziel

What is happening in the male brain that's causing them to think that ending their life is the right decision? Is it all just chemical? Is this a nature vs. nurture situation? Is it cultural: Are we raising our boys all wrong? Why can't we really get the same insurance coverage for mental health care?

To Prevent Suicide, We Need To Change How We Think About It

Eric D. Caine | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric D. Caine

Until recently, suicide was viewed principally as a mental health problem, where it was felt that effective treatment of persons' psychiatric conditions or psychological issues would alleviate their suicidal thoughts and plans. However, many of us have viewed it as a fundamental public health problem as well as a mental health challenge.

Battle on the Home Front: A Journalist Documents Life After War

1in20 | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
1in20

This is the first time I've been truly alone in what feels like weeks. I feel like I've been living the life of a ghost. Groundless, rootless, floating from above, watching everyone else's life unfold before me. It's a strange thing.

Stevie Wonder Teaches Us How to Be 'Stronger Together'

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

We are nearing two years since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And just a few days ago the fifth teen di...

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.