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Teen Suicide

Art and Advocacy: Uniting to Fight the Threat of Teen Suicide

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Michael D. Shaw

Art and advocacy need not be mutually exclusive pursuits, overrun by the fear that the latter will alienate fans of the former, resulting in a never-ending series of culture wars, political protests, boycotts and controversy.

Has The Summer of Hate Ended?

Jim Diamond | Posted 09.09.2015 | Crime
Jim Diamond

Now that the "summer of hate" is over and a new season is upon us hopefully the American public, politicians, mass media and academia will all turn their attention to breaking the logjam. Maybe then, just maybe then Andy Parker will be able to rest. He deserves it.

'It's Now Or Never,' Texted Teen Charged In Boyfriend's Suicide

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime

Newly released text messages appear to detail how a Massachusetts teen encouraged her online boyfriend to kill himself.  "Everyone will be sad fo...

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

Recovering From Suicide in Palo Alto: A Work In Progress

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Terry Connelly

Silicon Valley prides itself on recognizing unmet needs and satisfying them, even before we even realize them ourselves. But, like Tiger Woods the Elder, the Valley is not used to playing from behind, and not very good at it.

'Why I'll Tell My Son About My Suicide Attempt'

Kelley Clink | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Clink

I've always known that I would tell my son the truth about his uncle -- both how he lived and how he died. I've always known I would tell him the truth about me. I want to tell him the truth about everything -- even the scary, complicated stuff. Especially the scary, complicated stuff.

How Eddie Redmayne Helped Remind Me That There's So Much To Live For

Camryn Garrett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Eddie Redmayne reminds me of everything that's bright and beautiful in this world. And whenever I feel like I can't make it anymore, I sing One Day More from Les Mis. I try to remind myself that, if I can stay one more day, I'll have the chance to be like Jane Villanueva.

Two Shots Fired (Los Disparos): Deadpan Hilarity in Argentina

Brandon Judell | Posted 05.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Brandon Judell

One of the more enjoyably offbeat features at last year's New York Film Festival that is only now seeing the light of day is Martin Rejtman's Two Shots Fired. This comic offering showcases Argentina as a land plagued by emotional neutrality. No smiles. No Howard Beale outbursts. No fidgety tots and no Lotharios aquiver.

Why Woman With Same Name As 12-Year-Old Suicide Victim Wants Case Reopened

Posted 08.05.2015 | Dr. Phil

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick (Becca) was found dead in September, 2013, and authorities ruled her death a suicide after what her family says wa...

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

A Letter to Myself As a Trans Teenager

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

These next few years, as hard as they might be for you, will pass quickly. I know you want to end it all right now; I know you feel like it's the only thing that will stop the pain. But you have NO idea how wonderful the future is going to be!

Conversations Over a Child's Grave

Sam Fiorella | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

From first kiss to first break up, college application to job interview, we parents tend to plan for every situation, every conversation we'll have with our kids -- except for one.

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 ...

Is Your Teen Stressed? 12 Ways to Help

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Debbie Gisonni

With all these expectations, it's not a surprise to learn that one-third of all teenagers in the United States say they have considered suicide. How much stress is too much for your teen? If you're not paying attention, you may not know until it's too late.

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.

Fixing Society in the Wake of Leelah Alcorn's Death Will Take Empathy and Understanding From Loved Ones

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.18.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

When kids come home from school feeling unwanted, they should be able to come home feeling accepted for who they are. This tragedy should not have happened, but because it has, parents should be more aware of their kids' feelings.

Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

Chris Edwards | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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.

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...

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

Mandy Velez | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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.

Smiles for Leelah Alcorn, Who Asked Us to 'Fix Society. Please.'

Peter Monn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

"My death needs to mean something." Wow, that's pretty profound. They're just kids, right? They're just teenagers, and they don't know anything about the world, right? Well, I think Leelah taught us all a very valuable lesson: Life is very precious, and it needs to mean something.

An Open Letter on Suicide: I Will Not Criminalize You

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Sierra Vandervort

Survivors of depression and suicide need help. We don't need Facebook likes; we don't need retweets; we don't need ribbons pinned on backpacks; we don't need you to buy T-shirts. We need to listen to each other. We need to be supportive.

This Is a Letter to Lila, Who Would Have Turned 20 if She Hadn't Committed Suicide

Claire Dinh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire Dinh

Lila, They say that time heals when grieving the loss of a loved one. But it's been 2.5 years since you killed yourself, and I'm not so sure I'm d...

Young Global Leader Embraces Prison Reform

Jim Luce | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

One recent event held by the Osborne Association, an organization that the Foundation supports, really opened my eyes on the need to offer assistance to both incarcerated individuals and their families.

Lessons From A Father Grieving His Teen's Suicide

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Sam Fiorella

The inadequacy of words that console is exacerbated when a child takes his or her own life. It's a loss that adds the additional burdens of unbearable remorse and unanswered questions to already grieving parents; the general ambiguity heightens the pain and prolongs the grieving process.