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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.

We Must Improve Anti-Suicide and Mental Health Care Programs at the VA

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

America's men and women in uniform bravely defend our nation and our values. Their skill, dedication and valor are the envy of the world. When their time in uniform is over, they are entitled to world-class health care, a benefit they've earned and that their country is grateful to provide for them.

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?

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

Practical Strategies for Parenting a Suicidal Teen

Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP

Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suicide each year.

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.

Arthur Delaney

Researchers See Increasing Correlation Between Unemployment, Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

A new study suggests suicide and unemployment became more closely linked in the last two decades. Researchers have long investigated the relationsh...

Just One More Song: Raising Awareness of Suicide on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

When we reflect on beautiful souls like Robin Williams and Rabbi Joel Wasser, we are reminded of life's mystery and fragility. They were both complex and ironic men who suffered greatly inside even as they brought great joy to others.

The Loss of Panda

Richard J. Valenta | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard J. Valenta

Find your happiness. If you are not strong enough, reach out to people, and if you are strong enough, be someone that others can reach out to.

Media and Mood: What We Consume Matters More Than We Think

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

It is worth taking a moment to consider what impact the content and format of reporting has on our emotional lives and mental health and maybe even safety.

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

Can Crowdsourcing Play A Role In Preventing Suicide?

Robert R. Morris | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert R. Morris

Established therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy can address distorted, negative thinking and can be extremely effective for disorders like depression and anxiety. But the demand for these treatments exceeds the resources available. New innovations are sorely needed to fill the gaps, not to replace existing models of treatment, but to extend basic practices of mental well-being to the general public.

New York University's Suicide Response Examined Through The Years

Washington Square News | Posted 10.02.2014 | College

When walking into the atrium of Bobst Library, the history of NYU’s struggle with student deaths is inescapable. The golden, cage-like panels that c...

Let's Stop Assuming People Know What Mental Health Is

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Mental health is not having a problem. It's how you address all of the challenges in your life. It's how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline.

As Another Young Boy Commits Suicide in an Adult Prison, We Must Rethink the Prosecution of Children as Adults

Marsha Levick | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

Zachary Proper, age 15, committed suicide two weeks ago in an adult prison in Pennsylvania. There has been little media coverage of his death, suggesting a disturbing complacency about suicide by youth who would rather take their own lives than endure decades in jail.

Better days

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Suicide is neither contagious nor incited by conversation. Just as we teach our children to look both ways before they cross the street or to brush their teeth before bedtime, we need to arm them with the truth about depression and suicide.

It's Brave to Help

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

Suicide prevention is all of our responsibility. As we work together with the Trevor Project and others to spread the message that it's okay to ask for help, let's not forget about the equally important message that it's okay to reach out with a helping hand even before someone works up the courage to ask for help.

What We Can Do As A Community To Address Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

After tragic incidences, the national conversation around suicide always becomes more prominent -- but we often feel helpless to address mental health...

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living

An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. For Iraq war veteran Jason Hansman, this staggering statistic is especially personal. In a HuffPo...

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

What To Say, Where To Get Help And Other Things You Should Know About Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Abigail Wise | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Mental illness -- most frequently, depression -- is a factor in suicide, playing a role nine out of 10 times. K...

3 Reasons Greek Life Is a Great Place to Address Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Ross Szabo

Members of fraternities and sororities know that their organizations are a lot more than what they are perceived to be. Fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but they have the potential to equip their members to handle mental health challenges better than other parts of a college campus.

Family And Community Engagement In Suicide Prevention

Deborah Faust | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Faust

Suicide does not happen in a vacuum -- it happens in families. Family members must play a role in suicide prevention. To do this, they need to know how suicidality arises and how they can help. They need to know the danger and warning signs of suicide, the risk factors, and how suicidality and mental health are linked.

Suicide Awareness Is Not Just A Depression Problem

Evelyn Attia, MD | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Evelyn Attia, MD

Most discussion about suicide focuses on depression. Major depression accounts for many suicides, and the need for improved identification of, and optimized treatment services for, depression is an important message during a week dedicated to preventing suicide. Yet, it is not the only message.