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.
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.
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.
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.
The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.
Facing the same walls Daniel had faced night after night forced me to confront the truth. My pulsing anxiety stemmed from the realization that I wasn't searching through Daniel's belongings to honor him. I was up there for entirely self-serving purposes.
As humans, we will all face death one day. As a Jain, I know how I will take that journey when the time comes. Each tradition has its own way of preparing for death, and it's important to considering it during your life.
Maybe a culture that values over-achievement and pushing oneself to the limits is responsible for the high levels of stress, mental illness, and even suicide evident within highly competitive college communities.
I get asked over and over again how I can possibly face and shine light on such difficult issues as mental illness, abuse, trauma, grief, the criminal justice system and all of the related baggage surrounding these topics.
In the two weeks since 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, potentially leaving him severely brain damaged, his parents are trying to sort out what happened and where to go from here.
Understanding and awareness is the key to successful management of ADHD, and to improving the public health impact of a chronic condition when it is not identified and treated. It starts by getting out of the muddy river of denial.
It was a warm, clear day in August when I found out my friend from college had committed suicide. Not from a phone call. Not even from a text from a friend. No, I found out from the same medium through which I had followed his psychological ordeal for years: Facebook.