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How to Make Sense of Suicide

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

"Gone" implies Lila went somewhere, like the word "departed." I'm a skeptic about religion, especially the afterlife, but death makes me believe in souls, because it's when I can feel their absence.

The Irresistible Music of Wallace Stevens

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.28.2014 | Books
Mohammed Fairouz

My fifteenth song cycle, Domination of Darkness, is also one of my strangest works. For this piece I chose to revisit an old poetic friend, Wallace Stevens, and set five of his early poems to music.

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.

Why Suicide Is Not the Answer to Your Problems

Stan Popovich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

Regardless of your situation, things do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won't last forever. Remember this fact: Regardless of your current situation, everything changes over time. This includes your current situation. Nothing remains the same forever.

A Cape for Courage

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

If we want to slay this beast of a public health emergency, we cannot let suicide, depression, and other brain health challenges hide behind closed doors. Our only choice is to continue to build dialogue, so that we may break down the lethal secrecy and shame that surround these issues.

As Another Young Boy Commits Suicide in an Adult Prison, We Must Rethink the Prosecution of Children as Adults

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

Zachary Proper, age 15, committed suicide two weeks ago in an adult prison in Pennsylvania. There has been little media coverage of his death, suggesting a disturbing complacency about suicide by youth who would rather take their own lives than endure decades in jail.

Belgian Prisoner Wins 'Right to Die'

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Christopher Zoukis

In a case that may have implications for the treatment of prisoners worldwide, a Belgian sex offender was granted a "right to die" via assisted suicide.

Better days

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Suicide is neither contagious nor incited by conversation. Just as we teach our children to look both ways before they cross the street or to brush their teeth before bedtime, we need to arm them with the truth about depression and suicide.

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

This is one of the things that is hardest for people to understand: how different these diseases can be. As a bipolar, I can more or less think clearly, but I am almost never in control, mood wise.

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. For Iraq war veteran Jason Hansman, this staggering statistic is especially personal. In a HuffPo...

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

The Routine Mental Health Screening That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Damara Gutnick | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Damara Gutnick

Depression is a disease, not a weakness, and suicide is its tragic consequence. By taking a few simple steps, primary care providers can better identify depression and ensure that patients receive needed treatment.

3 Reasons Greek Life Is a Great Place to Address Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Ross Szabo

Members of fraternities and sororities know that their organizations are a lot more than what they are perceived to be. Fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but they have the potential to equip their members to handle mental health challenges better than other parts of a college campus.

Suicide Awareness Is Not Just A Depression Problem

Evelyn Attia, MD | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Evelyn Attia, MD

Most discussion about suicide focuses on depression. Major depression accounts for many suicides, and the need for improved identification of, and optimized treatment services for, depression is an important message during a week dedicated to preventing suicide. Yet, it is not the only message.

Safety Planning To Prevent Suicide

Barbara Stanley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Stanley

While suicide risk may last a few months, the actual time that a person plans a suicide attempt before acting is quite brief -- often a few minutes to an hour. The Safety Planning Intervention helps people recognize when they are entering this danger zone and provides ways to deescalate to prevent a suicide attempt.

A Psychiatrist Haunted By A Patient's Suicide

Harold I. Schwartz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Harold I. Schwartz, M.D.

While an oncologist may struggle with a patient's death from terminal cancer, the struggle is framed by the inevitability of the patient's death. The psychiatrist, on the other hand, is left wondering, "If only I had listened more carefully or thought to ask the right question."

Suicide Is A National Epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rep. Tim Murphy

We can save lives and help families in mental health crisis but only if we, as a nation, have the courage to confront mental illness and address the suicide epidemic head on. We can no longer ignore it because too many lives are at stake.

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

A Life Almost Taken

Heather Evers | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Evers

Despite my best attempts to end my life, my medical team and my family eventually helped me to rebuild it. I ended up being quite fortunate. Many of my strange inclinations went away with time. Bit by bit, everything started to feel natural once again. I resumed most of my previous habits. I reconnected emotionally with my loved ones. I lived.

Man in the Moon: Irish Delight

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

From what could have been a simpering complaint tale about the growth of suicides in his hometown, Pearse Elliott has created a wonderfully layered picture of one man's life on the council estates of Belfast and the demons and angels that fill his imaginative head.

After Years Of Healing, Lisa Visited The Place She Almost Committed Suicide

Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Lisa Jarrett, 31, works in a bakery in Washington. This is her story. Depression is like being in a tunnel. You see no light. You're trying to figu...

An Open Letter to Henry Rollins

Joe Peacock | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Peacock

I appreciate the apology you posted. I know that you mean it. I know you never intended to hurt anyone, and that you probably didn't really see the backlash coming.

Letter to Jenny

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Unfortunately, it is too late for Jenny. I hope it's not too late for someone else who happens to read this letter. I don't want to lose another child, friend, family member or stranger to the pain of hopelessness.

Brain Injuries and Depression

Beth Leyba | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leyba

I think that is the confounding thing about depression that is not situational, that just comes and goes with nary a reason -- I don't understand it either, and I always have this underlying feeling when it is happening that this just isn't me.