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May Means Hope for Mental Health!

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

People often ask me what my dream is in my work at The Flawless Foundation and my answer is always the same: a world where the cause of mental health is celebrated and where every person living with these challenges is embraced by society.

Choose This Day: Author Kathryn Craft on Healing with Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.01.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling and the new release, The Far End of Happy, a fictionalized account of the day her first husband ch...

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 04.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

Standing Up for Pine Ridge: Because Every Child Is Ours

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

he Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located in Ogala Lakota County, South Dakota. A community entrenched in a historic and complex array of social and economic challenges. Tragically, recent events have sparked an ever-heightened sense of crisis and concern.

Facebook Has A New Suicide Prevention Feature. Will It Work?

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

In February, Facebook announced that it was rolling out a suicide prevention feature. Although the social media platform has given users the option to...

Depression's Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Two

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

As one might imagine, if you're black, LGBTQ and depressed, you're stumbling around with an even heavier, crushing burden on your shoulders. Before we delve deeper into that, it behooves us to first examine depression among the black community as a whole.

Suicide Is Not the Answer -- Reach Out!

Gigi G. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Gigi G.

Why am I writing this post? On Thursday, one of our neighbors took his own life. He was a brilliant, talented man -- top of his field of work in Aust...

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

Why Did Dr. Fredric Brandt Die?

Janet Carlson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media
Janet Carlson

I can't help thinking of the clash between notions of tolerance in our society, for which we so often pat ourselves on the back, and our compulsive fascination and heartless criticism of "misfits", aka the bravely idiosyncratic and original.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

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 04.02.2015 | 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.