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Suicide Prévention

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 11.05.2015 | Gay 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 10.21.2015 | 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 own li...

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...

Why I Didn't Kill Myself

Z Zoccolante | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

I decide I've been looking in the wrong place for God and begin to morph my beliefs with reincarnation. The books I read tell me that we keep coming back, life after lifetime. This terrifies me because it means that if I don't heal the eating disorder in this life I'm gonna come back and face it again.

How Millennials Achieve Their Dream of Making Theater Off Broadway In New York City

Tim Ranney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Most children have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but as they face reality sometimes that dream isn't always attainable. Young adults often find that dreams become out of reach and day jobs must be attended to. That is unless you're Phil Blechman and his team of producers.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Why Our Approach to Suicide Prevention Needs to Change Now

Leah Harris | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leah Harris

If we do not drastically change course on our suicide prevention strategies, we will keep having these National Suicide Prevention Weeks and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Months and fundraising walks into the darkness year after year, as the suicide rates continue to climb.

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

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...

What It Really Feels Like After a Loved One Dies by Suicide

Kerry Turner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry Turner

While there is tons of accessible information on the prevention of suicide, very little is said about what the people left behind go through after losing a loved one in this manner.

As Educators and Parents, What is Our Role In Suicide Prevention?

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
Michele Nealon-Woods

This fall, more than 20 million college students will head back to school. Of this group, nearly six million will be vulnerable to experiencing feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. Some 200,000 (or 1 in 100 students) will attempt to take their own life.

Toward Preventing Adoption-Related Suicide

Mirah Riben | Posted 09.20.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

The best way to prevent adoptee suicide is to accept that your child comes into your family with an existing family and, very possibly, with grief over losing them. Honor her grief, encourage him to verbalize his anger, and embrace their kin despite your fear.

A Message of Light and Life During Suicide Prevention Month

Sarah McCartan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah McCartan

You are special. You are the only you. You have a story that is not yet finished. It's up to you to live it out. You have lives to impact. You have obstacles to overcome. You have heart to give.

How Your Story Can Save Someone's World

Josh Rivedal | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

It's common to rely on peer-to-peer advice or product reviews when buying an oven, a tractor, or even when looking for a new school district for your children. Why isn't their as much availability for advice, mentorship, or reviews when seeking out help for our physical and mental health?