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Suicide Prévention

Lowering the Pressure in Order to Prevent Suicides at MIT Is Admirable But It Doesn't Address the Real Problem

Jerome Schultz | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Jerome Schultz

While suicide at elite, highly competitive colleges is certainly a concern, this tragic scenario plays itself out in colleges of all kinds schools.

When a Community Comes Together, There is Hope

Kelly Posner | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Posner

In the end, the experience of suicide, which has defied language in the Native American communities for so long, was transformed into a dialogue using a set of simple questions in human and nontechnical terms. Communication is our key to resilience and prevention.

Filmmaker Fights the Stigma Against Mental Illness

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 03.21.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin Battista-Frazee

The best thing about the #MyMentalHealthStory campaign I launched in December of 2014 is I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. In this interview, get to know filmmaker, Jeff Holiday. Here Jeff shares what inspired him to become a storyteller and how his family's experience with mental illness and suicide has shaped the making of his short film, Boulevard.

7 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Battling Depression

Andrea Wachter | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

When you are struggling with depression, it is so tempting to think that this is the way it will always be. But life takes different twists and turns, and we don't get to know what the next chapter in our life will bring if we give up on ourselves.

Your Facebook Post Can Imprison You

Jamie Court | Posted 03.12.2015 | Technology
Jamie Court

What you say on Facebook can land you in a mental institution? That's what happened to Shane Tusch of San Mateo.

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 03.11.2015 | 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...

Suicide Rate For Young Women Growing Faster Than Young Men

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health official...

Selena Gomez Reminds Fans That 'Every Life Is Worth It'

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.26.2015 | Teen

On Thursday, Selena Gomez took to Instagram to share a comment she appears to have sent to a fan who's been having a hard time. The message is an ...

Facebook Adds New Feature For Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Technology

Starting on Wednesday, Facebook is rolling out a new feature for suicide prevention. The social media site is partnering with Now Matters Now, the...

School-Wide Prevention Program Makes Teens Half As Likely To Feel Suicidal

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living

By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - After a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as ...

Fear and Loathing: Setbacks in Recovery From Depression

Shawn Henfling | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawn Henfling

My desire is to never lose that ability, that I never admit defeat, or become another name on the list of those who've lost the war on their minds. I hope that, as time goes on, and if the setbacks continue to occur, I seek not an exit but a welcome embrace. Until it is over, for better or worse, I will continue to chronicle my struggles, making them public in an effort to let you know you are not alone.

We Need to Talk About Suicide Prevention

Lynn Keane | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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.