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A Historic Event at the United Nations in Mental Health; UN Defines Mental Health as a Policy Priority in Latest Global Development Agenda

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

This agenda is designed to be 'a plan of action of the people for the people' and will be the leading global development policy of the next 15 years.

Could Feminism Save Men's Lives?

Kelley Clink | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Clink

I'm now the mother of a son. He's going to grow up under the weight of some gender stereotypes -- after all, you don't undo this kind of programming in a single generation -- but I hope the world he inherits will be a safer place for both men and women to be vulnerable. A place where emotions are allowed to be part of the human experience, and we're all taking better care of each other and ourselves.

We Need an Army of the Kind

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

There are many pieces to this complex puzzle but another important place for prevention is within our schools. It should not be overlooked that most of these shootings take place in institutions that house our most vulnerable citizens -- our children

Clinical Depression: The Silent, Soul-Crushing Killer That Claims Lives Daily

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Clinical depression is brutal and unrelenting. It's like holding 50-pound weights over your head while standing in quicksand during a thunderstorm. You're stuck. You're weighted down.

ICYMI: Disappearing Amazon Tribes And Why Kids Hate School Lunch

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.03.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we were taken with a radio interview featuring Dr. James O'Connell, who spent his ...

It Always Seems Impossible Until it's Done (and Why Zero Suicide is Possible, Dammit)

Josh Rivedal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

Whatever difficulty you're dealing with on a personal level or within a larger system--it always seems impossible until it's done. Alone we are vulnerable but together we can achieve much. Suicide prevention is everyone's business. What will you commit to doing?

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

Richard Taite | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorrow, it will be someone els...

Why I Didn't Kill Myself

Z Zoccolante | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

I decide I've been looking in the wrong place for God and begin to morph my beliefs with reincarnation. The books I read tell me that we keep coming back, life after lifetime. This terrifies me because it means that if I don't heal the eating disorder in this life I'm gonna come back and face it again.

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

The First Time I Called 911

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sue Kerr

When someone in the family is living with mental illness, adult or child, everyone needs support. Silence and secret keeping will come back to haunt you. There's nothing shameful about talking with a therapist or counselor. Maybe just once, maybe on a regular basis. There's nothing to be lost and the world to be gained.

Suicidal Ideation: How to Avoid the Thought Trap

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisabeth Corey

I recently experienced a physical release in my body. I get these often as a part of my recovery. The emotions and memories have been stored in my bod...

Post Traumatic Growth: How Amanda Mills "Amandafested" Amanda Mills Los Angeles

Ira Israel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster An...

It's Time to Talk: South Asian Women in the U.S. Have Some of the Highest Suicide Rates

Sheena Vasani | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheena Vasani

I hope to initiate conversation not just about the mental health crisis in our communities, but also about what it actually means to be an emotionally healthy South Asian female.

How Millennials Achieve Their Dream of Making Theater Off Broadway In New York City

Tim Ranney | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Most children have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but as they face reality sometimes that dream isn't always attainable. Young adults often find that dreams become out of reach and day jobs must be attended to. That is unless you're Phil Blechman and his team of producers.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Why Our Approach to Suicide Prevention Needs to Change Now

Leah Harris | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leah Harris

If we do not drastically change course on our suicide prevention strategies, we will keep having these National Suicide Prevention Weeks and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Months and fundraising walks into the darkness year after year, as the suicide rates continue to climb.

We Still Don't Have an Answer to Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

Steve Peck | Posted 09.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Steve Peck

The void that suicidal veterans stare into is engulfing them, and it is our job to infiltrate that void, and populate it with loving, compassionate fellow vets who care deeply about each veterans' survival. We have got to find the answer.

The Arts With Heart and Soul

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

In the mental health arena, beauty and hope aren't usually the first things that come to mind so we all need to shine the light on it when we see it.

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

We Are All Survivors

Kiley Smith | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Kiley Smith

This article was originally posted via Cherry Blossoms The Blog Few moments of my life have brought so much pain to me that I struggle to br...

Beyond Winning And Losing: Athletes And Depression

Bill Johnson II | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Johnson II

Mental illness can emerge within anyone, this includes those champion athletic gladiators of sport. Raising awareness on the insidiousness of depression is critical to reducing its incidence. This can also go a long way in confronting the stigma about seeking mental health services.

The First Day of School and Bullying

Christina Pacella | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

We talk about statistics and laws and punishments but we forget that as human beings we all have one thing in common: a heart. We need to open our hearts and feel.

What It Really Feels Like After a Loved One Dies by Suicide

Kerry Turner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry Turner

While there is tons of accessible information on the prevention of suicide, very little is said about what the people left behind go through after losing a loved one in this manner.

The Human Beings That Are Veterans, and How We May Need Them

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

In America, as we move into the parades of Columbus Day and Veterans' Day (and of course the sales!) we tend to look down on looking within at the mistakes we have made, lived through, voted for, and those that came before us.