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Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Suicide is neither contagious nor incited by conversation. Just as we teach our children to look both ways before they cross the street or to brush their teeth before bedtime, we need to arm them with the truth about depression and suicide.

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

This is one of the things that is hardest for people to understand: how different these diseases can be. As a bipolar, I can more or less think clearly, but I am almost never in control, mood wise.

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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...

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

The Routine Mental Health Screening That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Damara Gutnick | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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.

3 Reasons Greek Life Is a Great Place to Address Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Ross Szabo

Members of fraternities and sororities know that their organizations are a lot more than what they are perceived to be. Fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but they have the potential to equip their members to handle mental health challenges better than other parts of a college campus.

Suicide Awareness Is Not Just A Depression Problem

Evelyn Attia, MD | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Evelyn Attia, MD

Most discussion about suicide focuses on depression. Major depression accounts for many suicides, and the need for improved identification of, and optimized treatment services for, depression is an important message during a week dedicated to preventing suicide. Yet, it is not the only message.

Safety Planning To Prevent Suicide

Barbara Stanley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Stanley

While suicide risk may last a few months, the actual time that a person plans a suicide attempt before acting is quite brief -- often a few minutes to an hour. The Safety Planning Intervention helps people recognize when they are entering this danger zone and provides ways to deescalate to prevent a suicide attempt.

A Psychiatrist Haunted By A Patient's Suicide

Harold I. Schwartz, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Harold I. Schwartz, M.D.

While an oncologist may struggle with a patient's death from terminal cancer, the struggle is framed by the inevitability of the patient's death. The psychiatrist, on the other hand, is left wondering, "If only I had listened more carefully or thought to ask the right question."

Suicide Is A National Epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rep. Tim Murphy

We can save lives and help families in mental health crisis but only if we, as a nation, have the courage to confront mental illness and address the suicide epidemic head on. We can no longer ignore it because too many lives are at stake.

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

A Life Almost Taken

Heather Evers | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Evers

Despite my best attempts to end my life, my medical team and my family eventually helped me to rebuild it. I ended up being quite fortunate. Many of my strange inclinations went away with time. Bit by bit, everything started to feel natural once again. I resumed most of my previous habits. I reconnected emotionally with my loved ones. I lived.

Man in the Moon: Irish Delight

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

From what could have been a simpering complaint tale about the growth of suicides in his hometown, Pearse Elliott has created a wonderfully layered picture of one man's life on the council estates of Belfast and the demons and angels that fill his imaginative head.

After Years Of Healing, Lisa Visited The Place She Almost Committed Suicide

Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Lisa Jarrett, 31, works in a bakery in Washington. This is her story. Depression is like being in a tunnel. You see no light. You're trying to figu...

An Open Letter to Henry Rollins

Joe Peacock | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Peacock

I appreciate the apology you posted. I know that you mean it. I know you never intended to hurt anyone, and that you probably didn't really see the backlash coming.

Letter to Jenny

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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.

Brain Injuries and Depression

Beth Leyba | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leyba

I think that is the confounding thing about depression that is not situational, that just comes and goes with nary a reason -- I don't understand it either, and I always have this underlying feeling when it is happening that this just isn't me.

ReThink Review: The Skeleton Twins -- Movie Siblings (Finally) Done Right

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Skeleton Twins has an indie spirit, but it's also a fun crowd pleaser that's a real star turn for Bill Hader and proof that he's more than ready for leading man duties in comedies or dramas.

The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

Mark Baer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'

Thales Corrêa: Filmmaker Tackles Suicide in Short Film

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Some filmmakers make films to purely entertain the masses. During the summer blockbuster season, this is very apparent. However as this season comes to a close, audiences will begin to see the crop of "Oscar-worthy" films.

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

What You Can Do to Honor Robin Williams' Life and Legacy

Betsy Rosenberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Betsy Rosenberg

As we take a moment to contemplate what we've already lost -- whether it's the precious innocence and innocence lost on September 11, 2001 or the rare genius of a life lost August 11, 2014 -- shouldn't the takeaway message be to cherish what we DO have in our lives?

Why I Joined the Suicide Prevention Movement

Teresa Ferguson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Teresa Ferguson

I am the VERY proud mother of two daughters. My youngest daughter, Kate, is terrific and stays resilient and strong in her fight for finding a way to prevent suicide for others. Her sister, my older daughter, Ginny, died by suicide in 2008.

Thoughts on Suicide From This Bipolar Chick

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Today, we give priority to discussing suicide after tragedy strikes, but then we yank it away weeks later. The light fades and progress goes on the back burner until next time. I can't be the only one to recognize this pattern.

Welcome to Midnight: Welcome to World Suicide Prevention Day

Jamie Tworkowski | Posted 09.12.2014 | Good News
Jamie Tworkowski

Welcome to Midnight. That's what we say when the ball drops and a new year begins. I like that moment because beyond the fireworks and resolutions, beyond the kisses and celebration, is the quiet hope that something can be new.