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Addiction and Death... Now Bobbi Kristina Brown

M/R Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
M/R Johnson

It is sad to believe that we are about to say good-bye to this beautiful soul, when just more than three years ago we said good bye to Whitney.

Education Can Be Fatal

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

I didn't know Madison Holleran, but looking at her face in a photo, focused with effort during an Ivy League cross-country meet, was heartbreaking. A...

Depression Can Lead to Individuals Questioning Their Value(s)

S. L. Young | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Value -- whether it's personal, family, financial, moral, or spiritual -- is pursued by everyone. It can be a driving force, an artificial projection...

Sandra Bland and the Dilemma of Mental Illness in the Black Community

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Even as the nation grapples with the sad case of Sandra Bland, there is a part of this story which is really being ignored. Official autopsy results have concluded that she died as the result of suicide. The family vehemently disagrees, as does much of the nation, but what if she did?

A Tremendous Problem Facing The Trans Community

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

My brother died in a car crash when he was 18 and my family never really recovered from it. I can't begin to imagine the Prescott family's pain. We live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans.

Why Finding Yourself Doesn't Mean Hurting Yourself

Unwritten | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women

When you are older, you will have faced enough adversity to have earned battle scars without looking for them. Challenges don't make you stronger or more mature if you wallow in the limbo that is not overcoming them, and often, there is a strong support system of people who will help you get through the tough times.

New Jersey Colleges Might Have To Disclose Their Data About On-Campus Suicides

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.23.2015 | College

New Jersey may soon require colleges and universities in the state to disclose how many of their students have committed or attempted to commit suici...

Leaving Sandra Bland Alone In A Cell Violated Clear Jail Protocols

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman with a bright future, was found dead in a jail cell on June 13, several days after being subject to a...

Brave YouTube Star Opens Up About Depression

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women

  Depression affects 350 million people around the world, but it's still a taboo topic. In a new video, YouTuber Laci Green works ...

Probably Not the Kind of Equality Women Had in Mind

Shad Meshad | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Women veterans move from a certain invisibility in the military straight into another kind of invisibility here at home. 22 per day--the suicide rate for veterans--not just male veterans. Women veterans commit suicide at the same rate as their male counterparts.

Sandra Bland's Death is a Mystery

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Sandra Bland could've been any of us. Sadly, her name is being added to a growing list of blacks dying before their time, and the destruction of black lives must come to an end.

Believers, Rampages and the Church in Charleston

Jim Diamond | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
Jim Diamond

It happened in a church this time, a "House of God." It didn't happen in a school, or a workplace like the unbridled carnage of rampages...

It's All About Acceptance

Holly Neiweem | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Neiweem

It's time for a more inclusive and compassionate society where we lift others up rather than diminish them. Even one suicide is too many and we can and should all be a part of the solution.

Over My Dead Body

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science
Paul Fidalgo

Death will definitely come. There's no avoiding that. Morbid curiosity will be sated. The scales will tilt to the point of falling over. I see no reason to place my thumb on them now.

I Was Almost Another Suicide Statistic

S. L. Young | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

This month is "Minority Mental Health Awareness Month," which is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health challenges --- especially in minority communities. Therefore, as a person of color, I feel compelled to share my journey to help saves lives, as I've battled depression for years and was almost another suicide statistic.

My Mother's Suicide

Derrell Jamison | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Derrell Jamison

Even still, talking about these things allows everyone to be on the same page. If I had known that my mother was actually suffering from a mental illness then I may have been better able to recognize the signs she was clearly showing before she took her life. I may not have been able to stop her, but I would have been given the opportunity to try.

You May Be Surprised That the Love Never Dies

Lacey Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Lacey Johnson

Once you deeply love someone, the love can never be gone. It does not die. It does not dissipate or cease to exist. It may be temporarily forgotten, it may go into hibernation, it may transcend, it may be tucked away in order to make room in your heart for new people to love, but it never dies.

The Car in the Lot

Charlie Allenson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Charlie Allenson

At the service the rabbi had nailed it. None of us should have been there. And I shouldn't have been standing in the middle of the police vehicular evidence lot.

The Real Significance Behind The Semicolon Tattoo Trend

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion

Ever wondered what the story is behind someone's tattoo? Some have more significance than others, but the meaning behind the recent trend of semico...

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

Greece Has Reached Its Threshold of Pain

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It should not have come as a surprise that the majority of Greek voters opted not to accept more externally-imposed austerity, by voting "no" in Sunda...

Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Joshua Kors

One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said.

About Friends

Stanley Ely | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

My gang in college was comprised of ten or so guys, all slightly left of conventional. We banded together by striving to be a bit disrespectful (though not so much as to fail classes).

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Native Children Are Facing A 'National Emergency.' Now Congress Is Pushing To Address It. | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

Robert Looks Twice grew up in a trailer with his grandmother, uncle and eight cousins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Looks Twic...

Saving Lives in the Bisexual Community

Ellyn Ruthstrom | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Ellyn Ruthstrom

We were standing at the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston streets waiting for our Boston Pride contingent to march through the streets of the city. The two of us had just met and I asked him how he had found out about the bi community.