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25 Years After Losing My Father to Suicide, Sadness Resurfaces

Heather Mundt | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Mundt

Regardless of the cause of death, grief is the same. One doesn't trump the other in that department. Losing a loved one, for lack of a better word, sucks. Period.

Want To Be Invited Into You? A Pre-Labor Day Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Mostly, this time of the year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now and you and me. Want to rewire, recalibrate and reinvent the next unfolding moment of the Truth of You and your own breath, your way? This is your invitation to entrain to new weather, time, space and commitments.

Attention, Hollywood: This Is How We Really Should Be Talking About Mental Illness

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

Our conversation about mental illness needs to be a positive, healthy dialogue, not one laden with shame. As soon as that begins to happen, we'll be able to address these health issues more effectively.

Here's How Skipping One Meal Could Help Prevent LGBT Youth Suicide

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this year, anti-gay organization The Family Foundation announced its plans to organize “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance for Marri...

How To Instill Happiness In Each And Every Day Of Your Life

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

The Dalai Lama wrote a wonderful book called, The Art of Happiness. In it, he makes clear that essentially, it's the quest for happiness inspires us to awaken in the morning. Wars happen because everyone wants what they want, and believe that getting it will make them happy. Fights happen for the same reason.

Revisiting the Pain of Mental Illness in America: What Can We Learn From Robin Williams' Suicide?

Carol Glazer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Glazer

We need to show all of America's nearly 43 million people with mental illness the same compassion and empathy we've shown Robin Williams. They all deserve to live a full life, all of us need to benefit from what they have to give, and it can be done at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives.

It's About Time We Recognize The True Face Of Suicide In America

Alena Hall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

More often than not, death by suicide is linked to major depression -- whether it was officially diagnosed or not.

A Candid Effort to Help

Phu Nguyen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

My happy days don't give me immunity from depression, nor does my very abundant life. Beauty, money, fame, and even hordes of admirers don't keep anyone safe from this mental illness. It can affect anyone, and when it does, we need help.

Human Masks and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Depression can be treated if a person does not die by their own hands before they get better. That's possible when someone feels able to take off the mask that conceals their pain and their illness, and turn to others to seek life-saving help.

Divine Laughter: Robin Williams' Reverence

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

It's been a sad, gray time here in Marin County -- and the world, as the news of Robin Williams' death sinks in. Everyone seems surprised by it. How c...

We Are Having the Wrong Conversation About Robin Williams

Richard Taite | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Certainly our conversations this week should remember the genius of Robin Williams. But we should also be talking about how to help prevent yet another tragedy. The way to help is to start seeing addiction as more than the craving for a substance relief.

A Butterfly Effect of the Life and Death of Robin Williams: Compassion as a New Christian Response to Suicide

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The butterfly effect here is that this later-life suicide of one struggling person set in motion a public response including character attacks that, in turn, by extension, feel like an attack on all of us who struggle to stay sober and alive each day.

Healing Vigilante: Robin Williams' Suicide Was a Choice

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

(I write, with respect, a response to Matt Walsh's article: "Robin Williams didn't die from a disease, he died from his choice") "Joy and love. Ther...

Depression and Suicide Among Older White Men Is No Laughing Matter

Lata K. McGinn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Lata K. McGinn

White men, who hold the position of highest privilege in society, tend to have less experience facing negative or stigmatizing experiences as compared to other groups who may have spent a lifetime learning to cope with such experiences.

Ex-Reporter Jayson Blair On The Day Everything Came Crashing Down

OWN | Posted 08.22.2014 | OWN

In 2003, the staff at the San Antonio Express-News discovered a reporter from The New York Times had plagiarized one of their stories. It was just the...

It's Time To Talk About Suicide

Jennifer Romolini | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Romolini

Suicide is still such a taboo that most people are afraid to open up about what's going on with them without fear of some kind of judgment. It's important to be able to confront these incredibly scary issues without so much fear.

Why My Dad Committed Suicide

Allison Ellis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Ellis

Instead of "why," I need to instead continually ask "how." How, as I approach middle age, can I avoid succumbing to a similar fate? How can I best handle the stresses of modern life? How can I treat my own periods of loneliness and depression? This is what I believe my father was trying to tell me.

There Is Still Some Time

Jamie Tworkowski | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News
Jamie Tworkowski

You are not alone in these places. Other people feel how you feel. You are more than just your pain. You are more than wounds, more than drugs, more than death and silence.

Your Homework Assignment

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Jason Wahler

In order for these headlines to stop and for people to stop taking their own lives, we can't just bat our eye at the subject anymore -- and we certainly cannot continue to perpetuate a negative stigma around both mental illness and addiction.

What Does Depression Look Like? Anyone and Everyone

Williesha Morris | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Williesha Morris

This is the life of someone who is depressed and anxious. Only a few people knew the whole back story until now. I hope this encourages someone to continue living as well as they can, because each day, every day, there is something to live for.

Milk and Sugar

Brigid Brett | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Brigid Brett

There's a post on Facebook that's been making its rounds. The photo shows an elderly man with glasses and a nice smile, leaning against a railing ove...

Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Levitt

I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.

Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Doug Levitt

I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.

Abortion: The X(treme) Games

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There may be no middle ground on reproductive rights. But if the fetus wins, if a girlfriend's abortion decades ago gets blamed for someone's suicide, if "personhood rights" take precedence over women's rights, we will be back in the dark ages.

Depression Is An Illness, But I'm Proof You Can Be Happy Again

Ally Del Monte | Posted 08.20.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

People don't think rich, famous, funny people can suffer from depression. But they can. I know from experience that sometimes the ones who seem like they have the most going for them can be holding on by the slimmest threads.