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Teen Suicide

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

The OpEd Project | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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.

Parents, You Need to Help Us Manage Stress

Vedika Issrani | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Vedika Issrani

How do can adults help equip teenagers with the means to deal with the increasingly stressful situations of this day and age?

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.

Arielle Caputo Is on the Front Lines of Teen Suicide

Gordy Grundy | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Gordy Grundy

In our times of great uncertainty and powerlessness, Arielle Caputo took action for the needy in the most admirable way. She does not have the luxury to write a check. Instead, she simply and humbly produced good deeds, which began to ripple far and wide.

Memories of a Gay Childhood

Jan Phillips | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jan Phillips

I've been thinking of my own early years as a queer youth: how despairing I was, how wrong I felt, how terribly unseen and unheard. Then I remembered my suicide notes, how occasionally I would write one and leave it around to be found.

Why I 'Fired' My Radio Co-Host: She Believes Gays Who Have Sex Are Failing God's 'Self-Restraint' Test (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live, my BFF and volunteer co-host, Helen M. Holdun, expressed opinions that shocked me and listeners. She revealed that she believes that sex is only for heterosexual married couples, and only for the purpose of procreation.

Please, Stop Calling Suicide Victims 'Selfish'

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 05.28.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

It seems every time the topic of suicide comes up, someone attacks suicide victims by calling them "selfish." I've heard it in real life; I've read it in articles; I've seen it on Facebook. But this attitude is disgusting and abhorrent, and completely misunderstands what it means to be suicidal.

New Study Sheds Light On Effects Of Bullying

Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents

By: By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer Published: 03/10/2014 04:02 PM EDT on LiveScience Children and teens who are bullied may be more like...

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

Facebook: The World's Biggest Waste of Time?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Facebook isn't real or productive, it's just an advanced version of the electronic bulletin boards that have been around since the Internet dawned. Nobody on those old boards met their 'soul-mate' or bought a car; or paid their bills; or broadcasted their political opinions; or flamed each other for disagreeing.

Military Kids at Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.

How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

Toan Lam | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Toan Lam

Grab a tissue and watch how every single kid has 'crossed a line.' Be inspired to take action -- you will discover that you have the power to BE ONE person that is the change-maker in your community.

Is Gun Violence in Our Schools a Solvable Problem?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Dorn recommended more armed guards, and here is where we disagree. Two factors need to be addressed when considering these options: the financial aspect and the psychological one.

Should We Begin the Criminalization of Online Harassment in the Classroom?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Should we be throwing the book at these teenagers when they are supposed to be hitting the books? The failures of our legal system to properly address online harassment begin with our schools and with children.

A Parent's Plea to Change Media Headlines

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

The fear a parent feels is more intense than anything that could have scared us before their birth. Our children's pain hurts us 10 times more than them, and we prefer it that way. There is a parental connection I could never comprehend as a child that surprises me still today.

From One Bully to Another: An Open Letter to Rebecca Sedwick's Bullies

Amy Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Weber

You are not bad people. You do not have cold and heartless souls that are incapable of feeling empathy. You do not need to be sent away and never allowed to set foot in a school again. No, not based on my experiences.