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How To Survive A Suicide

Alex Lawrence | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Lawrence

tell myself that while my feelings of anger, guilt, and selfishness are normal, they aren't where I should live my life. I love her. And that's enough. Love is always enough. It's a lesson that will probably take another 10 years to just begin to understand. So for now, when I hear those words, I'm ready to start accepting it for what it is, an act of grace and love.

Can Gun Control Reduce Suicides?

Mike Weisser | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

One of the major reasons for the polarization between the two sides in the gun violence debate is that one side, the NRA side, refuses to admit that suicide has anything to do with gun violence at all.

GOP Rep. Apologizes For Shocking Suicide Comments: 'It's Very Personal To Me'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) personally apologized for some eyebrow-raising remarks he made about suicide while speaking at a high school in Wasilla, Ala...

Fighting Depression and Suicide With Love

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Seth Adam Smith

Not long ago, my brother and I were interviewed for a video on suicide prevention. The video shares the story of my suicide attempt, and tells how my brother's love and support helped bring me back. The response to this video has been remarkable and overwhelming.

Sam Levine

Student Who Stood Up To GOP Congressman Says He Was Shocked By Homophobic Remark | Sam Levine | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Alaska high school student said he and his classmates were stunned by Rep. Don Young's (R-Alaska) insensitive comments during a schoo...

Jacob George, Hillbilly Storyteller, Survives 3 Tours in Afghanistan But Not His Road Back Home

Geoff Millard | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Geoff Millard

On September 17, 2014, Jacob George, just 32 years old, took his own life. It was not an act of cowardice or selfishness on his part, but a failing on ours. We failed Jacob as a community of veterans and a country as a whole.

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

Functioning While Depressed

S. L. Young | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Knowledge about these variations in the origin of depression is an important starting point to gain a better understanding and to make a quicker determination about an individual who might be affected by depression.

Woman Gouges Out Her Eyes With Pencils, Sues Hospital After Photo Goes Viral

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2014 | Crime

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with p...

More Than 7 People In The Americas Die From Suicide Per Hour

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

More than seven people die from suicide every hour in the Americas, according to a new report released by the Pan American Health Organization. Us...

Don Young Apologizes To Students For Suicide Comment

AP | By BECKY BOHRER | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that peopl...

Don Young Delivers Striking Remarks On Suicide, Gay Marriage At High School

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) engaged in what will surely be a memorable question-and-answer session with students and faculty at a Wasilla, Alaska high s...

A Saturday, A Sister And The Library

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

My older sister would take me to the library. She never came out and said we were going; it would just happen.

The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

Surviving Suicide: A Mother's Search for Meaning

Allen Frances | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

If a mother can only be as happy as her unhappiest child, the unhappiest of mothers are those whose children have died, particularly when the death wa...

This Powerful PSA Challenges The Stigma That Comes With Suicide

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Meet Maximus Thor. He and his father, filmmaker Benny Wonka, have a message for those who are struggling with mental illness: You are brave. And you'r...

On Living With Depression, and the Dangers of Our Culture of Silence

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We cannot continue down this path when it comes to understanding and responding to mental illness, depression, and suicide. We have to do better, for the sake of the people suffering from mental illnesses, and for the sake of society, as a whole.

Helping Someone Who Might Be Depressed

S. L. Young | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Individuals who might be depressed could use: attention, support, a conversation, an outing, and more. However, something that isn't needed is for someone to say, "It could be much worse," "Some people can't get out of bed," or "People in third world countries don't have clean drinking water."

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?

Surviving Dangerous Work Through 'Soul Space'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.

An Actor, Writer, Law Student and Genius Award Recipient

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

Irish Medium Sandie Byrne Presents Her First New York City Event October 9

Holly Cara Price | Posted 10.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Holly Cara Price

As the "Blood Moon" comes to fruition later this week -- the second of two rare "Blood Moons" this year, the last one being in April -- New Yorkers wi...

My Brother's Keeper

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I begged him to stop and kept him on the line until he promised he wouldn't do it. "I'll call you back. I love you," he said, hanging up. I believed him. When I learned that he had died, the call haunted me.

Depression: It Happens!

S. L. Young | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Depression is a legitimate medical concern that affects and also causes effects to the body. Therefore, depression symptoms should be identified, treated, and managed similar to any other medical condition that might impact anyone's ability to function and experience a fulfilled life.