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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 ...

Sunset ~ Sunrise

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.

Oscars: The World Stage for Suicide

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

On a night where the world -- to the tune of 1 billion people -- was listening, it was as an appropriate time as ever, long overdue in fact, to speak of suicide.

Cartoons Terrorize Parisian Family: Teaching Colonialism

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

We'd begin with contemporary Paris, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and bloodshed. We'd then quickly turn to Caché. If I were teaching again, this is how I'd start my literature and film class about colonialism.

Love Me, but Love Me Not

Sabhanaz Rashid Diya | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Sabhanaz Rashid Diya

Love is a popular concept in urban Bangladesh. Influenced by Hollywood chic flicks and sleazy Bollywood dance numbers, our young couples are eager to go out. As a culture however, public displays of affection are strict no-goes.

Are We Really Safer From The Gun Threat?

John A. Tures | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Shortly after the latest school shooting, a murder-suicide, the University of South Carolina announced "the threat has passed." But has it? A rash of potential suicidal gun wielders may make us rethink our safety. And it's been on my mind since we've had two murder-suicides within four miles of my house.

Behind These Eyes: A Father's Invisible Grief

Sam Fiorella | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

For those suffering like I am, I hope knowing my experience will let you know you're not alone. What others call courage may simply be a barricade erected by your mind to help you keep it all together while supporting your loved ones, and that's OK. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

What American Sniper Helped Put a Spotlight On

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Through the release of American Sniper, Americans unacquainted with the mental trials and tribulations veterans face once home can see, hear and emotionally feel just how powerful these unfortunate experiences are.

Psychiatric Casebook: The Worst Call in the World

Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD

I stayed on the line with the 911 dispatcher, sickened and shaking. Emergency services took very seriously a psychiatrist who felt that a patient was in the midst of a suicide attempt. After the police entered the patient's apartment, I was patched into their radio communications.

An Apology and Clarification

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Suicide is a tragic situation, especially when it involves a young person. There are many causes and it is impossible to know exactly what caused it. ...

Fear and Loathing: Setbacks in Recovery From Depression

Shawn Henfling | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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.

Gender Sovereignty: A Spiritual Declaration of Independence from the Gender Wars

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

If the unconditional love one would think a parent would have for a child instinctively is not enough, and the unconditional love evangelical Christians claim to believe God has for all people is not enough, then let us declare a spiritual revolution and claim our sovereignty as trans people.

Suicide and Its Unrelenting Stigma

Kristina Cowan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Our society does a good job of saddling suicide with stigma. In an effort to make sense of it, perhaps, we label the person who ended his or her life. He was selfish. She was crazy. They took the easy way out. These sorts of things couldn't happen to us. Statistics say otherwise.

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.

From Rock Bottom to Successful Entrepreneur: One Woman's Journey

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leisa Peterson

In her early 20s, Ruth Soukup spent 2.5 years battling debilitating depression. Today, she is a happy mom, wife, author and proud owner of a thriving ...

How My Brother Saved Me From Suicide

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Seth Adam Smith

Sean's words weren't lengthy or profound, but they made me realize that my life mattered to other people; his words gave me hope to move forward in my life.

In Galápagos, a Case of Suicide or Murder?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 01.23.2015 | Crime
Cecilia Alvear

Was it suicide or murder? The Ecuadorian government, hoping to answer that question, says it is reopening the case of the death of underwater filmmaker Valerie de la Valdene, whose body was found July 5, 2014 in her home on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.

How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists

The Atlantic | Sulome Anderson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living

It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken. I expect a mental-health provider to seem healthy, detached. But even over the phone, th...

Suicide Isn't Contagious; We Need to Talk About It

Marisa Lancione | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

It's not that we shouldn't talk about suicide because we're afraid it'll be contagious, but we need to know HOW to talk about it. We need to be sensitive to our audience. We need to be considerate of other people's experiences. We need to be kind and understanding.

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The president last night had the gall to state not just victory in our wars, but to take credit for the great and loving care American veterans are receiving.

Living With Depression: One Man's Struggle to Overcome

Shawn Henfling | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawn Henfling

Now, when people ask me how I'm doing, I don't tell them I'm fine. Now, the answer is "better than I've been in a long time." My willpower is as strong as it ever was, but I'm learning to recognize when I need a little assistance. I am more than my depression, and it's OK to ask for help.

Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

Chris Edwards | Posted 01.14.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

Mark Adnum | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Depression as a Mnemonic

S. L. Young | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Nobody has to struggle alone, as there's always someone who is willing to provide assistance. The challenge -- many times -- is to be willing to identify assistance and give someone an opportunity to help.