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Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

Lauren Carson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

As the facts emerge surrounding Titi's passing, I hope that all, especially the black community, are moved to take action to significantly increase awareness and education surrounding mental health, illness and wellness so that we do not have to continue to mourn the passing of so many of our dynamic and extraordinary souls.

Can We Embrace the Complexity of Mental Health?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As a survivor of mental illness I have been paralyzed by the depths of depression. The kind that hurts your whole body. The kind that leaves you exhausted in every way imaginable. The kind that destroys friendships. The kind that hurts your schooling or work.

Miss Jessie's Co-Founder Dies

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

The beauty industry is mourning the loss of one of its stars. Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the natural hair care line Miss Jessie’s, d...

Police Ask To Interview Floyd Mayweather For Murder-Suicide Case

AP | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days bef...

Statement on the Suicide of 12-Year-Old Ronin Shimizu

Lillian Rivera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Children deserve a world where they can just be; where gender "diversion" or gender "non-conformity" is encouraged in order to move toward a more authentic expression of oneself. Youth should be liberated from the constraints of gender in order to define who they are for themselves.

Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.

Grace

Francesca Milliken | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

She wanted us to call her Grace. She was worried that if the hospital found out her real name, they might fire her for what she had done. Before the a...

Debunking The Holiday Suicide Myth

Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living

By Regina Boyle Wheeler for Everyday Health If you believe that more people die by suicide over the holidays, you’re buying into a long-perpe...

The Day I Almost Committed Suicide

S. L. Young | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

The morning of my mental health emergency, I knew something wasn't normal shortly after opening my eyes.

12 Years Since My Father Ended His Life

1in20 | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
1in20

Twelve years since my father ended his life and after making every possible mistake, I have found my way back to happiness through love and forgiveness. For myself, for my father, for those who loved me but were unable to connect to my grief.

The Devastating Health Impact Of Concussion May Start Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

For the Ohio State community, Thanksgiving weekend ended in tragedy when 22-year-old football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead of apparent suici...

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...

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

Just 6 Therapy Sessions May Be Enough To Lower Suicide Risk

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science

Each year, suicide claims the lives of more than 40,000 Americans -- many of whom never seek professional care. But new research suggests that access ...

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Careful Telling a Survivor Suicide Is 'Preventable'

Darah Zeledon | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Suicide sucks. And all the propaganda about it being preventable, which it is, rubs salt in the wounds for us survivors who've lost a loved one.

Suicide: A Shocking Statistic That We Need to Get to the Bottom Of

Kristan Braziel | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Kristan Braziel

What is happening in the male brain that's causing them to think that ending their life is the right decision? Is it all just chemical? Is this a nature vs. nurture situation? Is it cultural: Are we raising our boys all wrong? Why can't we really get the same insurance coverage for mental health care?

Public Health as Political Prisoner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?

9 Things To Do Or Say When A Loved One Talks About Taking Their Life

Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Esposito for US News Caring is key to your response. This is what you should do if someone you know talks about taking their life. Take ...

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

To Prevent Suicide, We Need To Change How We Think About It

Eric D. Caine | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric D. Caine

Until recently, suicide was viewed principally as a mental health problem, where it was felt that effective treatment of persons' psychiatric conditions or psychological issues would alleviate their suicidal thoughts and plans. However, many of us have viewed it as a fundamental public health problem as well as a mental health challenge.

Battle on the Home Front: A Journalist Documents Life After War

1in20 | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
1in20

This is the first time I've been truly alone in what feels like weeks. I feel like I've been living the life of a ghost. Groundless, rootless, floating from above, watching everyone else's life unfold before me. It's a strange thing.

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.