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'I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living

On September 24, 2000, Kevin Hines walked onto the Golden Gate Bridge with one goal: He was going to kill himself. “I vividly remember writing my su...

To a Trans Person Considering Suicide: a Lifeline

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

I thank you for every day you have chosen to live so far, for any work you have done already for trans community, the efforts you have already put in and the seeds you have planted just by being yourself one day at a time, any day or moment you have chosen to be present.

The Sad Reason U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stalling

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last year...

The Cost of Pretending in Identity Transition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In a recent conversation with more conservative family members about the Mormon Church's new policy regarding same sex couples and apostasy, I found m...

The Other Victims

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Crime
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

On December 2nd in San Bernardino, California, the U.S. experienced yet another mass shooting. At a company Christmas party, 14 innocent people were...

Scott Weiland & The Death of the Rock Star

Brett Gleason | Posted 12.08.2015 | Entertainment
Brett Gleason

Brett Gleason by Thomas Evans Another of my musical icons has failed to outlive their creativity. I'm sad Scott Weiland is no longer with us but most...

A Letter To My Childhood Friend That I Should've Sent Years Ago

YourTango | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

We don't really think about it much, but the words "thank you" can accomplish so much and can convey more than one could possibly imagine.

The Prevention of Suicide Through Unconditional Love

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Although suicide is not seasonally dependent, the festivities may bring many LGBT persons more dread than cheer. Reflect on your relationship with your child this holiday season. A parent's assurances of unconditional love can be the difference between life and death.

What To Do If Someone Posts A Self-Harm Status On Social Media

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Vigilance is crucial to preventing self-harm, which is why social media has increasingly become an area of focus for those looking to combat suicidal ...

Why This Cisgender Man Totally Changed His Mind About Trans People

Richard Lucas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard Lucas

Just as trans people have the right to be themselves, we have a right to have an opinion about them and express that opinion, should we feel so inclined. That said, I question, should we?

Collateral Damage

Kristina Kaufmann | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Kristina Kaufmann

The yellow ribbons have faded and the welcome home parades are a distant memory. But there's a price to pay for outsourcing our national defense to less than one percent of the population over 14 years of war. This isn't a military problem. It belongs to all of us.

Wise Women: On Depression

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

With Thanksgiving just behind us, we are fully immersed in the holiday season. Messages of gratitude, togetherness and family are in abundance. While they outwardly communicate positive themes, they can be overwhelming for some as much as it is joyous for others.

Coming Home: How Religion Can Be a Healing Balm for Veterans

David Briggs | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities can provide important sources of social support. Personal faith can provide solace and a sense of hope to men and women who endure constant stress and may have experienced traumatic events.

I'm a College Admissions Consultant, and I Tell My Students to Get Bs

Melissa Chen | Posted 12.09.2015 | College
Melissa Chen

As a college admissions counselor, I see parents and students all the time who stress out about every test taken and every hour of community service served. I try to remind them to remember the bigger picture -- that nothing is worth it if a student is miserable.

Holiday Homophobia Hurts

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Should you be asked when you're going to find a nice girl, respond that you've already found a nice guy. Feel free to make introductions yourself -- or clarify them -- if Cousin Susan oh-so-tactfully forgets to say "boyfriend" when introducing him to some far flung relation.

It Honestly Does Get Better

Marion Leary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

From 1983-1991, my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death...obviously it was...

America's Twisted Gun Culture Claims One Of Washington College's Best And Brightest

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA will continue to attempt to recruit young men like Jacob into the gun culture. It therefore falls upon the rest of us to teach young Americans that guns will never be a solution to what ails them, either personally or politically.

A Holiday Love Letter to the Newly Bereaved From Suicide Loss

Josh Rivedal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

You might be exactly where I was six years ago after I lost my father to suicide. It's your first Thanksgiving without your wife, your son, your uncle...

Are Our Plates Too Full? A Nation Confronts Addiction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yesterday evening, thanks largely to the influence and convening power of Mehmet Oz, the nation was invited to talk about addiction. Among those weigh...

Suicide Prevention Has Reached a Tipping Point in America

Nancy Farrell, M.P.A. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Farrell, M.P.A.

AFSP will prevent suicide, and like our mission, we will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We pause in memory -- then we will go back to work.

Accused U.S. Cult Leader Reportedly Attempts Suicide In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime

Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshals' "Most Wanted" list, has reportedly attempted suicide in his Bra...

A Thanksgiving Story (Maybe)

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I'm not sure if this is about Thanksgiving or not. Mostly it's about Debbie. When my son, David, graduated from college years ago, he came home and took a job at Johns Hopkins University. He set his sights on vet school, so this job was interim at best. But there was a surprise waiting. Debbie.

After Their Buddy's Suicide, These Friends Are Ending The Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

On an early June morning in 2014, University of Missouri students Alexander Lindley and Danny Kerth learned that their childhood friend and fellow Miz...

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

How to Avoid Fatal Break-ups!?

Jim Halfens | Posted 11.16.2015 | Divorce
Jim Halfens

Too often I see couples stuck in a long and drawn-out process of divorce. Sometimes it's almost like they are addicted to the misery of getting divorced, unable to make a positive new start.