iOS app Android app

Suicide Prévention

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.

Safety Planning To Prevent Suicide

Barbara Stanley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Stanley

While suicide risk may last a few months, the actual time that a person plans a suicide attempt before acting is quite brief -- often a few minutes to an hour. The Safety Planning Intervention helps people recognize when they are entering this danger zone and provides ways to deescalate to prevent a suicide attempt.

Suicide Is A National Epidemic

Rep. Tim Murphy | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rep. Tim Murphy

We can save lives and help families in mental health crisis but only if we, as a nation, have the courage to confront mental illness and address the suicide epidemic head on. We can no longer ignore it because too many lives are at stake.

The Risky Business Of Risky Drinking

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about, to prevent, or to understand. But recognizing the risk factors is an important step. During this year's observance of Suicide Prevention Month, we should work to draw more attention to the link between suicide and alcohol, in all its facets.

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, a student finally shared and read aloud a poem that he had just written. And after he read, our jaws dropped with amazement, our eyes widened with shock, our brows curled with concern, our hearts stopped with empathy, and our bodies froze with fear.

A Life Almost Taken

Heather Evers | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Evers

Despite my best attempts to end my life, my medical team and my family eventually helped me to rebuild it. I ended up being quite fortunate. Many of my strange inclinations went away with time. Bit by bit, everything started to feel natural once again. I resumed most of my previous habits. I reconnected emotionally with my loved ones. I lived.

After Years Of Healing, Lisa Visited The Place She Almost Committed Suicide

Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Lisa Jarrett, 31, works in a bakery in Washington. This is her story. Depression is like being in a tunnel. You see no light. You're trying to figu...

Letter to Jenny

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Unfortunately, it is too late for Jenny. I hope it's not too late for someone else who happens to read this letter. I don't want to lose another child, friend, family member or stranger to the pain of hopelessness.

Brain Injuries and Depression

Beth Leyba | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leyba

I think that is the confounding thing about depression that is not situational, that just comes and goes with nary a reason -- I don't understand it either, and I always have this underlying feeling when it is happening that this just isn't me.

The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

Mark Baer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'

Thales Corrêa: Filmmaker Tackles Suicide in Short Film

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Some filmmakers make films to purely entertain the masses. During the summer blockbuster season, this is very apparent. However as this season comes to a close, audiences will begin to see the crop of "Oscar-worthy" films.

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

Why I Joined the Suicide Prevention Movement

Teresa Ferguson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Teresa Ferguson

I am the VERY proud mother of two daughters. My youngest daughter, Kate, is terrific and stays resilient and strong in her fight for finding a way to prevent suicide for others. Her sister, my older daughter, Ginny, died by suicide in 2008.

Welcome to Midnight: Welcome to World Suicide Prevention Day

Jamie Tworkowski | Posted 09.12.2014 | Good News
Jamie Tworkowski

Welcome to Midnight. That's what we say when the ball drops and a new year begins. I like that moment because beyond the fireworks and resolutions, beyond the kisses and celebration, is the quiet hope that something can be new.

How Can You Help Prevent Suicide? A Mother Shares The Story Of Her Son's Death To Save Lives

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

When I asked Tricia Baker how her son committed suicide she kindly said, "We do not say 'committed suicide.' This stems from the old belief that suicide is a crime."

Early Detection And Treatment Of Mental Health Problems: An Antidote To Suicide

John Richter, MPA | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
John Richter, MPA

Closing the gap between the first onset of emerging mental health problems and professional treatment needs to be part of a more comprehensive public health approach to suicide. This will require all of us to be more literate about mental health and wellness.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Let's Have A Conversation

H. Alan Scott | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
H. Alan Scott

Depression impacts all of us, even the funny ones. Including me. After chemo I didn't know what to do. I wasn't suicidal, but I also wasn't alive. After a couple near breakdowns (which often involved store security officers, I'm embarrassed to admit), I sought help.

My Friends Saved My Life

Fabrice Benichou | Posted 09.10.2014 | Good News
Fabrice Benichou

In the state I was in, I don't even know if it was day or night, but I was told later that the police came to find me after being alerted by a close friend who had seen the Facebook post on my timeline. When they arrived, I had a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and a knife in the other.

How We End Suicide

Robert Gebbia | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Gebbia

To understand how big of an impact raising awareness could make in suicide prevention, consider these three facts.

How I Survived Losing Our Son to Suicide

Phil Chearmonte | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Phil Chearmonte

Before our son died, we knew very little about suicide, and if we had known for one second that he was contemplating ending his own life, we would have done everything in our power to stop it, just as any parent would.