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Student Commits Suicide in Palo Alto: An Open Letter to All Parents

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

The Palo Alto community has just experienced another tragic student suicide on January 24, 2015. This was a talented young man from Gunn High School, ...

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.

Rest in Peace Leelah Alcorn

Harry Cook | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

A video message about the passing of Leelah Alcorn. A word to parents worldwide. And a message to the LGBTQ youth of the world. Don't let go.

Teens Read Gripping, Real Messages Sent To Peers After They Committed Suicide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

A new campaign video is showing why it's never too soon to say something kind. In a PSA by anti-bullying organization Champions Against Bullying, t...

When Religion Goes Wrong

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

I believe that religion can be comforting and enlightening and bring order to a world that feels chaotic. However, that only works when all people feel welcomed. It works when the basic principle is love and finding community through kindness and acceptance. In cases when acceptance is not offered, religion can scar a person's soul.

It Takes a Village

Dan Fotou | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Fotou

There is a lot of hurt on all sides that boils to the surface when we learn of the suicide of a teen who was desperate for clarity, for acceptance, for love, and for inner peace. But instead of doing the challenging work of finding entry points for discussion that can lead to understanding and eventually acceptance and healing, so often we're reinforcing this "us vs. them" dichotomy.

Depression Can Be a Limiter: Willpower a Liberator

S. L. Young | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

It's been approximately nine months since I almost made a fateful decision to end my life. However, by fighting and willing myself to move forward, share my story, and not to give up on myself or my dreams, my life has led to positive unexpected outcomes. Today, I'm a better, stronger, and a more positive man than I ever thought I could be.

Teens Are Blogging About Suicide on the Internet -- And No One Is Talking About It

Mandy Velez | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandy Velez

Leelah's death was not solely due to those on Tumblr who knew her and didn't see or know to reach out to her -- because even if they did, Leelah obviously needed more help. But the nature of Tumblr as a dark place does make suicidal thoughts and warning signs too commonplace.

Is the 22-Veterans-Per-Day Suicide Rate Reliable?

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

While the situation is admittedly quite grim, with record numbers of veterans committing suicide at an ever-increasing rate, the issue is most likely even more ominous than it first appears.

24-Year-Old Trans Man Dies By Suicide in Pittsburgh

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

I remember reading about his death, but he was misgendered in the original article. I had no idea he was part of our community.

If Parents Attempt Suicide, Children Are More Likely To Attempt It Too

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The children of people who attempted suicide, regardless of whether they have a mood disorder ...