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Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Strong gun laws are not equivalent to taking guns away from citizens. To the contrary, they consist of transparent rules and procedures designed to manage the possession, storage and carrying of firearms in order to limit access to legitimate users alone.

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...

Stop Telling Students They're Messed Up and Start Doing Something About It

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

From age 5, students learn about what they should eat, how much they should exercise, the kinds of diseases/problems that can occur and how they can become stronger. We can easily do the same with mental health.

Bruce Jenner and All Transgender People Deserve Our Love and Respect

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Bruce Jenner is a hero. He's now an outspoken voice that sends the message of, "You're not alone," and "It's OK to be who you truly are."

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...

Activist Remembers Those He Met on 6,000-Mile Walk for Equality (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-24-1429841365-638767-2015042214297451469265555AlanBounvillesmall.jpgAlan Bounville walked 6,000 miles for gender-identity and sexual-orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.

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.

Who Is the 21st Century Man?

Maria Shriver | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Maria Shriver

Changing family dynamics, a shifting economic landscape, the surge of women into the workforce and public life are all adding pieces to the kaleidoscopic picture of what it means to be a man in America today. Begging the question: Just who is the 21st Century Man?

A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem

Michael Neill | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

One of my best friends from college took his life last week. I hadn't seen or heard from him for over 15 years, but I'd gotten occasional updates from...

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

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...

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

A Little Unwell

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Stephen Gray Wallace

An era of senseless tragedies has begrudgingly brought to the fore issues of mental health and the fragility that often lies beneath the surface of sometimes highly functioning, seemingly "normal" people.

Chef Homaro Cantu: Creative Genius and Giver of Gifts

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.16.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I don't even know if The Dinner Party would have come so far so fast if Chef Cantu hadn't been the first chef on the show, jump-starting it into high gear by granting it his creative and culinary stamp of approval.

Taming the Beast: How I Stopped the Blame Game From Controlling My Life

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

I escaped the cage and found freedom from the wood pellets and stale feeder food. Maybe certain people tried to look for me; maybe they didn't. I didn't care. I was a hamster with a plan. I came to a fork, took the road less traveled and began running like my life depended on it (and hey, maybe it did).

In the Meantime, Find What Brings You Joy

Z Zoccolante | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Childhood can be terrible, my friend stated. It's important to remind people that it will get better. Between bites of breakfast, the discussion circl...

Preventing Murder-Suicides: How the Germanwings Tragedy Offers Us a Global Opportunity

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Rappaport

The Germanwings tragedy can further stigmatize those with mental illness and make people with suicidal thoughts frightened that they'll be linked to a horrific crime. Yet this is also an opportunity to educate the world about the warning signs of suicide.

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.

The Sky Was Black... My Breath Was Steady

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It's dangerous to let our understandable outrage at the senseless loss of life cloud the harsh reality that it's time for us to accept that this outwardly healthy "boy next door" co-pilot from a quaint village in Germany could be our son, our next door neighbor, our father -- he could even be us.

The Germanwings Tragedy, Depression and Stigma

Mary Giliberti | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

In the case of Flight 9252's co-pilot, the fact is that we don't know his full history yet. We may never know every relevant fact. His precise history of depression, whatever it may have been, may ultimately be seen as unimportant compared to other issues in his life.

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.

Why We Must Not Fear Depression in the Wake of the Germanwings Tragedy

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, what his motiv...