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Teen Suicide

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.

Can School Stereotypes Be a Pathway to Suicide?

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Female high school students experience more suicidal thoughts and attempts than males. However, male high school students complete suicide more frequently. One concern drawn from the research of Sian Beilock, PhD of the University of Chicago is how messages of stereotypes such as, "Girls find math difficult", can create something called stereotype threat. Stereotype threat is a situation where individuals are at risk of confirming a negative stereotype about a group to which they belong.

Why We Can't Stop Bullying

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers instances of bullying in one of two ways. They were either the victims of violence themselves or they had been unwilling witnesses to a bullying incident. The fact is, bullying has been an unfortunate fact of life for too many generations of children.

Letting the Blues Back Into Our Life: Opening Ears and Hearts to Save Lives

Skip Shuda | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Skip Shuda

Demonstrating compassion doesn't always save lives as dramatically as it did in Antoinette Tuff's case, but the potential is real

New App Brings LGBT History To Your Fingertips

THis Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In an effort to bridge new mediums of information-sharing and raise awareness surrounding a shared history of LGBT-identifying individuals, a new mobi...

Remember Carlos Vigil

Chez Pazienza | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Chez Pazienza

We'll see this kind of thing again. We'll see another young person bullied to the point where he or she feels like the only recourse left is to lay down and die. There will be more suicide notes. More devastated families. There will be more.

We All Need to Support Paris

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Bonnie Fuller

Poor Paris Jackson. She's allegedly surrounded by chaos and upheaval at every turn in her family and now she may be questioning whether her adored fat...

Online Media and Teen Suicide

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Hemanshu Nigam

Clearly, the pressures children and teens face online are more considerable now than in years passed. Victims are often unable to separate themselves from bullies who are just a click away online.

Teen Suicide and Contagion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

The idea of a teen committing suicide and of a young life being abbreviated is almost too painful to think about. A new study suggests that the phenomenom of "suicide contagion" is sadly alive and well among teens.

What Do I Do If My Teen Is Thinking About Suicide?

Christy Esposito-Smythers | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Christy Esposito-Smythers

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow can parents and guardians help? We offer eight tips based on years of clinical work and research with families with teens who have thought about or actually tried to commit suicide.

Teen's Suicide After Attack Troubles Town

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime

SARATOGA, Calif. -- One evening last Labor Day weekend, 15-year-old Audrie Pott walked up the driveway of a classmate's home alongside other teenagers...

Homophobia's Cruel Mother's Day

Rob Watson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The Friday before Mother's Day, my work associate asked me for a favor. "I may need to work altered hours on Monday, if that is OK," she started. "I have a memorial service that I need to go to." And then, almost under her breath: "It was a suicide."

Face to Faith: How I Learned To Give Love And Never Lose Faith

Jesus Guillermo Vargas | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Jesus Guillermo Vargas

Tito's friendship showed me to give my love to everyone who deserves it before it's too late. I never had the chance to tell him just what a great human being he was.

After Parents File Claim, School Denies California Teen Reported Bullying

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO, April 18 (Reuters) - A California couple who said their teenage daughter killed herself after classmat...

A Multi-Faceted Approach on How to Reduce Violence on School and College Campuses

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

A real effort is being made on most college campuses these days to stop violence before it happens. In some cases, that means making schools gun-free zones. In others, like ours, it's that and more.

My Sister Is Mentally Ill And I Can't Help Her

| Posted 03.17.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

It Took Me 17 Years to Love Myself

Michaela Klembara | Posted 05.07.2013 | Teen
Michaela Klembara

I've realized that sometimes you are tempted to think that everyone is perfect except for you, but in reality, no one is, no matter how much we want them to be. I was never going to be perfect -- and I'm okay with that.

Dollars More Important Than Kids: Accidental Death, Suicide, Tragedies Highlight Safety Net Cuts

Steve Young | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Steve Young

Bucks County, home to such literary giants as James Michener and Pearl Buck, is also home to a school district that is crafting an embarrassing non-fiction story of financial irresponsibility and worse, child neglect.

Is It Time To Stop Covering Gay Youth Suicides?

Rob Smith | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

I don't want to ignore or cover up the issue, but I also don't want the outpouring of love and support for these victims to inspire any other impressionable gay youth in the wrong way. I don't want any more fallen angels.

WATCH: Celebrity Makeup Artist Joe Hubrich Talks Coming Out

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

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Enough Is Enough: In Memory Of Giles Joslyn

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

If we are to save the lives of our youth, we must constantly, publicly, relentlessly challenge "Christian" teachings and the rituals that exclude so many.

My Message To Gay Teenagers: Please Don't Leave -- You Are Worth The Whole Tomato

William Dameron | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

When a gay teenager decides that life is not worth living, then I am the lesser for it, because your worth is my worth. Not so very long ago, I decided that I was worth the whole tomato. So are you.

High School Student Shoots Himself With This Gun While Handcuffed In Police Car

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 02.04.2013 | Crime

HOUSTON — A student taken into custody for his own protection Wednesday at his Houston-area high school shot himself with a hidden gun while han...