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Simple Math

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It is that monumental time of year. Spring is in the air. Cherry blossoms are blooming. Letters stuffed with confetti are arriving... or not. For man...

Sending Love to Fort Hood

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Questions of "how/why" always remain during times of shock and trauma related to our country's tragedies around shootings. What we should know is that we cannot look the other way.

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Becky Cavender

Twenty-four years later, we still think of her. We still ask questions. There was no note. We have coffee, talk of her, and cry. We tell our children that sometimes life is hard, but it is -- in equal measure, at least -- splendid and captivating. We miss her. We love her.

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...

When It Comes to Mass Murder, Think Method and Means, Not Motive

Allen Frances | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The excessive focus on ferreting out the psychological motivations arises from understandable human curiosity, but it also serves a dangerous political purpose. So long as we are distracted by the why, we do not attend to the much more practically important and politically charged question of how.

I Did It: Lunch With a Total Stranger

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

When a white, atheist psychotherapist has lunch with the founder of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), they each get food for thought.

David Wood

Fort Hood Shooting Highlights How Little Is Known About Military Trauma And Homicide

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deadly shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday comes amid widening awareness of the deep and enduring war trauma that exists with...

Fort Hood Shooting: What We Know About Ivan Lopez

David Lohr | Posted 04.03.2014 | Crime

An initial portrait of Ivan Lopez, the Iraq War veteran allegedly responsible for the mass shooting Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood, is slowly emergi...

Sharing Grief, Community Service and Living in the Gray Space

Jennifer White | Posted 04.02.2014 | Good News
Jennifer White

Grieving can be an isolating and confusing journey. Sometimes seeing other people grieve and sharing experiences with them can be just the thing we need to clarify our own feelings.

Death, Dying and Finding Meaning in Loss

Joel Readence | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Joel Readence

I think as a society, if we were able to take the focus off the way a person died and focus on the manner in which they lived, the loving presence they held in our lives and the fact they continue on in another form, our mourning process would be kinder and gentler.

Preventing the Tragedy of Suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge

Keith Humphreys | Posted 03.31.2014 | San Francisco
Keith Humphreys

Thanks to pressure from advocates at the Bridge Rail Foundation and leadership in Congress by Senator Barbara Boxer, the funding and political will to install suicide prevention nets at the Bridge appears closer than ever.

Cops: 86-Year-Old Man Killed Grandson's Girlfriend, Self

AP | Posted 03.29.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say an 86-year-old man shot his grandson in the head and then killed the man's girlfriend inside a home on Staten Island...

Please, Stop Calling Suicide Victims 'Selfish'

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 03.30.2014 | 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.

Do More Guns Cause More Suicide?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

The same bad arguments forwarded by politicians are being used by the NRA to challenge gun regulation. This insistence by gun advocates that suicide is a foregone conclusion is not only factually incorrect, but incredibly dangerous.

22 Per Day

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

It's estimated that 22 American veterans die by suicide every day. That's nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That's over 8,000 veterans every year. And that number almost included Kris Goldsmith.

New Mexico Must Stand Strong and Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's one of those topics that can stir a national debate in no time: Should a person have the right to end his life when he's ready to die? In January...

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...

Posting the Dark Side: Social Media and Death

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.06.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

While fans mourn the recent loss of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, posting thoughtful tributes on Facebook and Twitter, social media after death has a dark side. These sites can be memorials for those who have passed away but also battlegrounds for those left behind.

Imagining Reproductive Rights in a Homonormative World

Sal Bardo | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Sal Bardo

But the concept of a homonormative society invites all sorts of other, less obvious questions, paramount among them being the logistics of procreation and gender roles.

An Open Letter to Our Young People

Marina Gomberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

So, maybe nobody in your immediate family is LGBT, or in your group of friends, or at your church, but there are thousands and thousands of us like you. Our stomachs know butterflies and our hearts know love, just not for a person of the other sex.

With Suicide, Drug Overdose, We Need to Stop Blaming the Parents

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.

A Sin at the Intersection of Faith, Religion and Mental Health

Josh Rivedal | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

It's easier to help a person stay alive and open the dialogue on reasons to live slowly, with a delicate pair of pliers, rather than the sledgehammer of "suicide is a sin."

My Treasured 'Never' Tattoo

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

As I admired the heartfelt sentiment scrawled across my dainty wrist, a fast, fluttery sensation tumbled through my tummy. I realized that this was the first time I had experienced genuine excitement since Mom had died.

People Committed Suicide At This Landmark Once A Week Last Year

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.25.2014 | Crime

A year after San Francisco celebrated the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary, the landmark is facing a much more troubling milestone: a record nu...

Rick Warren Begins Mental Health Ministry A Year After Son's Suicide

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A year after his son's suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired...