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The Hills Are Dead With the Sound of Hatred

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Tuesday's star-crossed Germanwings Airbus flight, allowed the aircraft to float and flutter above the Alps for a reported eight to 10 minutes before he crashed the plane into the French mountainside.

3 Low- or No-Cost Resources to Help Improve Your Mental Health

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Many people who struggle with stress, mental illness or sub-optimal mental health lack the time and finances to engage in weekly therapy or ongoing me...

Depression: My Journey Through the Fog

S. L. Young | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

My perspective on life has almost always been "the glass is half full" -- even during difficult moments. Therefore, I never thought that depression would be something that might affect me.

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

Domestic Murder and Murder-Suicide: It's Not About the Relationship

David Adams | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
David Adams

By relying solely on non-experts as sources of information, the media wittingly or unwittingly reinforces misconceptions about domestic homicides. Domestic homicides sometimes provide experts with the opportunity to call attention to the underlying realities -- but only when the media thinks to call us.

The Silent Epidemic

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

A close friend from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home of over 40,000 Oglala Sioux, posted some devastating news on Facebook a few days ago.

On Losing a Friend to Suicide and Learning to Understand Depression

Talia Lavin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Talia Lavin

I have come to hate depression as fervently as anyone has ever hated cancer, or AIDS, or any of the other scourges that take our loved ones from us. Over the five years I knew her, I watched it slowly devour my friend.

Workplace Suicide Is On The Rise. Here's How We Can Help Fix It.

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Suicide is responsible for nearly 1 million deaths worldwide each year, and the rate is continuing to rise -- particularly in the workplace, according...

Letter To Myself The Day Before My Near-Suicide: Written A Year Later

S. L. Young | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

With reservations, you'll listen to your brother's messages before you reluctantly decide to return his calls. In the next few minutes, your brother will remind you that your current state is just a moment, which you need to get through to have a chance to survive. Minute by minute and hour by hour, you'll get stronger. You still aren't sure if you want to live, but you'll begin to consider things beyond this moment.

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

The Guy With the Guns Is Afraid?

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gross

The Second Amendment lets Americans own guns. The First Amendment lets us talk about how dangerous they are. Don't let the NRA shout down the national conversation about the extraordinary danger to children and families of guns in the home.

Suicide Rate For Young Women Growing Faster Than Young Men

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health official...

Staying Healthy After Losing Someone to Suicide

Kristina Cowan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

According to one study, sighing serves as a mental and physical reset button and may bring some relief. Such relief is sorely needed for those grieving a suicide. The mental and physical toll can be detrimental if we don't find our way onto a path toward healing.

The Politics of Suicide and Depression

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

These recent SAMHSA survey results provide a golden opportunity for a scientific and societal shift to reconsider what about American society and culture is resulting in emotional suffering and self-destructive behaviors, especially for certain groups.

Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts to Veterans With PTSD?

Gene Beresin | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Gene Beresin

With our increased knowledge of trauma and its impact on our veterans' brains, minds and emotions, how can we sit on the sidelines and not at least honor their sacrifice?

Is Bipolar Disorder Really the Cause of Your Mood Swings?

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

I believe the public has a major misconception regarding which symptoms are consistent with bipolar disorder and which are not. It is evident when pat...

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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.