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Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

Just 6 Therapy Sessions May Be Enough To Lower Suicide Risk

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science

Each year, suicide claims the lives of more than 40,000 Americans -- many of whom never seek professional care. But new research suggests that access ...

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Careful Telling a Survivor Suicide Is 'Preventable'

Darah Zeledon | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Suicide sucks. And all the propaganda about it being preventable, which it is, rubs salt in the wounds for us survivors who've lost a loved one.

Suicide: A Shocking Statistic That We Need to Get to the Bottom Of

Kristan Braziel | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Kristan Braziel

What is happening in the male brain that's causing them to think that ending their life is the right decision? Is it all just chemical? Is this a nature vs. nurture situation? Is it cultural: Are we raising our boys all wrong? Why can't we really get the same insurance coverage for mental health care?

Public Health as Political Prisoner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?

9 Things To Do Or Say When A Loved One Talks About Taking Their Life

Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Esposito for US News Caring is key to your response. This is what you should do if someone you know talks about taking their life. Take ...

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

To Prevent Suicide, We Need To Change How We Think About It

Eric D. Caine | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric D. Caine

Until recently, suicide was viewed principally as a mental health problem, where it was felt that effective treatment of persons' psychiatric conditions or psychological issues would alleviate their suicidal thoughts and plans. However, many of us have viewed it as a fundamental public health problem as well as a mental health challenge.

Battle on the Home Front: A Journalist Documents Life After War

1in20 | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the first time I've been truly alone in what feels like weeks. I feel like I've been living the life of a ghost. Groundless, rootless, floating from above, watching everyone else's life unfold before me. It's a strange thing.

Support After Suicide: How Making Connections With Other Survivors Can Breathe Life Into a Dying Heart

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

It's been 19 months since Mom died. As I reflect on the weeks and months following Mom's suicide, I realize how precariously my life hung in the balance. Back then I couldn't envision a day when the color, focus, or meaning would return to my world.

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

Love Fierce As the Grave... and Better Than Death With Dignity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have been sought out by Christ in his strong covenant affection; I am his, and he is mine. In him I have been chosen and sealed until the day of redemption, when our love will become not a temporary but an eternal reality.

Moustaches and Mental Health Are Manly

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Getting men at any age to believe that expressing themselves is a sign of strength is vital. It takes much more effort to be honest, forthcoming and do the work to address the mental health challenges in our lives than it does to avoid them.

Lessons From A Father Grieving His Teen's Suicide

Sam Fiorella | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Fiorella

The inadequacy of words that console is exacerbated when a child takes his or her own life. It's a loss that adds the additional burdens of unbearable remorse and unanswered questions to already grieving parents; the general ambiguity heightens the pain and prolongs the grieving process.

Depression: Coming Out of the Fog

S. L. Young | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

During challenging moments it may feel as if there isn't anyone who cares or can help, but understand that there's always someone who is willing to provide assistance. The challenge -- many times -- is to be willing to identify assistance and give someone an opportunity to help.

Letter to a Caring Stranger

Margaux D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaux D.

Dear friend, You might be curious to know what my disease consists of. You're surely detached enough to listen to me calmly. I've met very few people who were able to listen to me. Maybe none. But you're here, with a fresh mind and a calm eye.

Dying With Dignity or Assisted Suicide

Sarah Amento | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Amento

I did not read any interviews, nor did I read posts. I only heard snippets here and there. I did see her beautiful face on the cover of the People mag...

Florida Woman's Case Reopened: Murder or Suicide?

Posted 11.05.2014 | Dr. Phil

In September 2010, 24-year-old Michelle O’Connell was found shot to death in what authorities ruled a suicide. But Michelle’s mother, Patricia, an...

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

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...