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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...

America's Twisted Gun Culture Claims One Of Washington College's Best And Brightest

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA will continue to attempt to recruit young men like Jacob into the gun culture. It therefore falls upon the rest of us to teach young Americans that guns will never be a solution to what ails them, either personally or politically.

A Holiday Love Letter to the Newly Bereaved From Suicide Loss

Josh Rivedal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

You might be exactly where I was six years ago after I lost my father to suicide. It's your first Thanksgiving without your wife, your son, your uncle...

Are Our Plates Too Full? A Nation Confronts Addiction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yesterday evening, thanks largely to the influence and convening power of Mehmet Oz, the nation was invited to talk about addiction. Among those weigh...

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.

Accused U.S. Cult Leader Reportedly Attempts Suicide In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime

Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshals' "Most Wanted" list, has reportedly attempted suicide i...

A Thanksgiving Story (Maybe)

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I'm not sure if this is about Thanksgiving or not. Mostly it's about Debbie. When my son, David, graduated from college years ago, he came home and took a job at Johns Hopkins University. He set his sights on vet school, so this job was interim at best. But there was a surprise waiting. Debbie.

After Their Buddy's Suicide, These Friends Are Ending The Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

On an early June morning in 2014, University of Missouri students Alexander Lindley and Danny Kerth learned that their childhood friend and fello...

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

How to Avoid Fatal Break-ups!?

Jim Halfens | Posted 11.16.2015 | Divorce
Jim Halfens

Too often I see couples stuck in a long and drawn-out process of divorce. Sometimes it's almost like they are addicted to the misery of getting divorced, unable to make a positive new start.

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.

The Truth About Transgender Suicide

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For this year's transgender awareness week I wanted to write about something that the transgender community and its allies are often afraid to discuss...

Hurting Girl - A Music Video About Shame & Suicide

Mythic Bridge | Posted 11.13.2015 | Teen
Mythic Bridge

Mythic Bridge participant-turned-mentor, Alexis Ariel Plaza, debuts her new video about bullying, adolescence, and the power of self-worth. "We're ...

Musician Shayna Leigh Talks About Her Debut LP Drive -- Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

In Part I of my interview with musical artist Shayna Leigh, she told us some serious stuff about her life. I couldn't get enough -- so had to do a Part II! Shayna Leigh's LP Drive is available for download! Get out your headphones and be ready to fall into another world.

Violence and Mental Illness: Suicide, Not Homicide, Is the Major Problem

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The major problem of violence among people with serious mental illness is not that they kill other people but that they kill themselves.

Deadlier than War: Veterans Remain At-Risk

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

This Veterans Day, do something that can make a tangible difference in the lives of our veterans. Go to and get training in Mental Health First Aid so that the next time you ask a veteran, "Are you okay?" you'll know what to do if they say, "No, I'm not."

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:

Judy Collins Shares Joan Rivers' Advice On Coping With Suicide

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Collins shares advice that Joan Rivers gave her in the wake of her son's suicide twenty-three years ago.

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.

Dear Houston: Children Are Dying

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Under the guise of protecting women and girls from a danger that does not exist, transgender teens are given an extraordinarily clear message: In the eyes of their community, their lives are not valuable.

Addiction Is Killing Middle-Aged White Men

Anna David | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Aging isn't, as the saying goes, for the faint of heart. But it's easiest for the most societally privileged members of our society, right? Meaning: w...

Masks Off! It's Time to Talk

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sharon Kay Edwards

It was scary to tell the world about my dark days and thoughts, but it has been the most healing thing I've done. The response has been nothing short of overwhelming.

When New Doctors Have Suicidal Thoughts, Online Therapy Can Help

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, but often are t...

The Urban-Rural Divide In Suicide Rates Is Big, And It's Growing

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living

LARAMIE, WYO. — After her family moved from suburban New Hampshire to the wind-whipped plains of southeastern Wyoming, Monica Morin embraced sma...

Faye Kellerman Tries a Little Tenderness in 'The Theory of Death'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Faye Kellerman's The Theory of Death is a very serious mystery novel featuring her recurring characters Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus.