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National Suicide Prevention Month

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.

What We Can Do As A Community To Address Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

After tragic incidences, the national conversation around suicide always becomes more prominent -- but we often feel helpless to address mental health...

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...

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.

The Risky Business Of Risky Drinking

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about, to prevent, or to understand. But recognizing the risk factors is an important step. During this year's observance of Suicide Prevention Month, we should work to draw more attention to the link between suicide and alcohol, in all its facets.

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, a student finally shared and read aloud a poem that he had just written. And after he read, our jaws dropped with amazement, our eyes widened with shock, our brows curled with concern, our hearts stopped with empathy, and our bodies froze with fear.

We Can Prevent Suicide

John Draper, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
John Draper, Ph.D.

What can you do to prevent suicide? You can read about the warning signs for suicide and how to help someone. Another thing you can do is make a 15- to 30-second video, like the one included here.

Suicide Prevention Day 2014

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, it has existesd since 2003. World Suicide Prevention Week surrounds the day starting Monday September...

United by a Uniform: First Responders on The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Yost Zakhary | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Yost Zakhary

For many years, the prevailing culture among first responders, and members of the military and Veterans, has been stoicism. Whatever it was you'd gone through you'd better deal with quietly, deal with it alone and get back to work.

It Matters: This Suicide Prevention Month, Show Veterans They Matter

Dr. Janet Kemp | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Dr. Janet Kemp

Sometimes, something as simple as talking to a Veteran can help them open the door and rediscover what matters most in their life. Whether the Veteran you know has just returned home, or they served years ago, you can be there to support them and help them remember what matters.

The American Red Cross Standing Tall Against Suicide

Sherri Brown | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Sherri Brown

Aiding our men and women in uniform has always been integral to the American Red Cross' mission. Today, the American Red Cross' professional, compassionate team staffs an Emergency Communications Center dedicated to the military community.

Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost Her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story

Kim Ruocco | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Kim Ruocco

While most military deaths are traumatic and violent in nature, suicide poses special issues that the parents, spouses, children, siblings and other family members must grapple with. It's extremely important that we get these families into bereavement care and support following a death.

If We Build It, Warriors Will Come

Jeni McKenna | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jeni McKenna

It was a remarkable transformation to witness, and I have had the pleasure of seeing this kind of magic happen again and again because of Jake and the work he has done tirelessly, with much help, for the next group of returning Veterans who come and give us what is literally a last chance at saving their lives, in Malibu.

Faithfully Serving Those Who Serve: Maryland Houses of Worship Lift Up National Guardsmen

Chaplain William Sean Lee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Chaplain William Sean Lee

When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.

Listen -- You May Save Someone's Life

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.26.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I have a hole in my heart that will never close because the only person who can provide the answers to my questions is gone. I have nothing but memories and pictures to cherish, and I will never have more than that.

Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My youth was consumed by loneliness, feelings of not belonging, and thinking of ways to kill myself. I experienced many dark nights of the soul. And television saved me. Although I read a lot, I looked to TV for the noise to comfort me and make me feel less lonesome.

The Domestic Enemy

Captain Brandon J. Bettis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Captain Brandon J. Bettis

While SSG Montgomery's story is not unique, it does paint an all too common picture within the ranks of the US Army. A Soldier commits suicide, and the survivors are left with countless questions. Questions that will probably never get answered.

Veteran Suicide Prevention: Getting To Treatment That Works

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Lisa Firestone

Addressing the "underlying disorders" alone won't necessarily work to prevent people from dying by suicide.

A Solution To A Growing Military Suicide Problem

Brian E. Kinsella | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Brian E. Kinsella

A critical component in reducing military suicides lies in understanding the second derivative of the problem: the underlying reason for the suicidal thought. When someone reaches out to us for help, we not only connect that client to a mental healthcare provider, but we ask pointed questions to try and identify the catalyst or trigger for that suicidal ideation.

Think Service, Not Suicide

Kaj Larsen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Kaj Larsen

As the sun sets on the longest wars in American history, it is shocking -- but not surprising -- that veteran suicides persist.

Helping America's Invisible Heroes

Lucas Myers | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Lucas Myers

We often think that when a combat veteran's service ends and they return home their sacrafice for their country has been made, but for many the struggle to adjust to life after combat can continue for years.

The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Jerry Evans | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jerry Evans

Not only can we help Veterans take that first step to getting support, we provide an important resource for those already in care at times when the crisis is immediate. It's up to us to persuade callers not to give up, to show them that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Suicide And The Military

Steven Barrett | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Steven Barrett

Suicide is a very preventable tragedy, and we must look at how to control depression; to control suicidal behavior. People who are depressed, have very low self-esteem. I hear a lot of veterans talk about their lack of self-esteem.

Men, Mental Illness and Suicide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Robert David Jaffee

Part of the problem is that men, even relatively successful ones like my grandfather, who ran a cafeteria, and one of my cousins, who was a well-to-do doctor and businessman, often have a problem with openly discussing their depression and other mental illnesses, to say nothing of suicidal feelings.

Returning Home Through The Eyes of Our Troops And Their Families

Dr. Bridget Cantrell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Bridget Cantrell

Warriors are hard driving, well trained and self-reliant. But in the battles they fight in "the silent chambers of their soul" they may feel defeated, demoralized, hopeless and alone, all the while enduring this with a great deal of shame and the fear of being found out.