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Suicide Prévention

Cultivating Compassion For Survivors

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 06.18.2014 | TED Weekends
Dese'Rae L. Stage

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAttempt survivors are not nameless, faceless statistics. We can't be stereotyped or huddled together under one big umbrella of "crazy." We are not selfish. We are real people with real problems, and we're in pain.

Addressing The Elephant On The Bridge

Todd Hanson | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Todd Hanson

Along with all these multilayered personal responses, there was another, much less complicated reaction invoked as I listened to Sgt. Briggs' story, so I'll talk about that one instead. One that is direct, basic, and easy to say. The simple, pragmatic thought that, for me, as I listened, was the Elephant In The Room of this whole TED talk.

3 Things That Will Help You Live In Hope

Rev. Mary Robin Craig | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Rev. Mary Robin Craig

If you are one of the survivors, if you are one of those whose loved one completed the jump, or the hanging, or the overdose, or the shot to the head, I have three things to share with you. Three things which might help you yourself survive the days and weeks and years ahead. Three things I learned from the many people who have had the courage and compassion to accompany my family and me in one way or another since the death by suicide of our son and brother. Three things which might help you live in hope.

WATCH: This Ex-Officer's Haunting, Powerful Words About Suicide Could Save Someone's Life

TEDTalks | Posted 06.13.2014 | TED Weekends

If you saw someone on the verge of suicide, would you know what to say? As a patrolman on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Briggs helped bring many people back from the brink. In this moving talk, he gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be thinking of taking their own lives.

Let's Get Real: Embracing Vulnerability to Build a Better World

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

There was another big reason I felt compelled to be forthright. I can't stand the social stigma that is associated with mental illness and suicide. It bothers me greatly how voices hush and rooms clear at the mere mention of the "S" word.

For a Friend Who, Like Me, Has Thought About Suicide

John Backman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Backman

I think about suicide a lot. If you do too, I want to run an idea by you. See what you think.

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Becky Cavender

Twenty-four years later, we still think of her. We still ask questions. There was no note. We have coffee, talk of her, and cry. We tell our children that sometimes life is hard, but it is -- in equal measure, at least -- splendid and captivating. We miss her. We love her.

Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

Kimberly Williams | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.

Death, Dying and Finding Meaning in Loss

Joel Readence | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Joel Readence

I think as a society, if we were able to take the focus off the way a person died and focus on the manner in which they lived, the loving presence they held in our lives and the fact they continue on in another form, our mourning process would be kinder and gentler.

Preventing the Tragedy of Suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge

Keith Humphreys | Posted 05.31.2014 | San Francisco
Keith Humphreys

Thanks to pressure from advocates at the Bridge Rail Foundation and leadership in Congress by Senator Barbara Boxer, the funding and political will to install suicide prevention nets at the Bridge appears closer than ever.

Please, Stop Calling Suicide Victims 'Selfish'

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 05.28.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

It seems every time the topic of suicide comes up, someone attacks suicide victims by calling them "selfish." I've heard it in real life; I've read it in articles; I've seen it on Facebook. But this attitude is disgusting and abhorrent, and completely misunderstands what it means to be suicidal.

Do More Guns Cause More Suicide?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

The same bad arguments forwarded by politicians are being used by the NRA to challenge gun regulation. This insistence by gun advocates that suicide is a foregone conclusion is not only factually incorrect, but incredibly dangerous.

Suicide Prevention in the Shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Let us hope that the district directors do indeed vote in favor of this stainless-steel net, which will save countless lives. Too many suicidal people have been drawn to the fabled span for the same reason that the non-suicidal are drawn to it: its unparalleled beauty.

22 Per Day

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

It's estimated that 22 American veterans die by suicide every day. That's nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That's over 8,000 veterans every year. And that number almost included Kris Goldsmith.

A Sin at the Intersection of Faith, Religion and Mental Health

Josh Rivedal | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

It's easier to help a person stay alive and open the dialogue on reasons to live slowly, with a delicate pair of pliers, rather than the sledgehammer of "suicide is a sin."

People Committed Suicide At This Landmark Once A Week Last Year

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.25.2014 | Crime

A year after San Francisco celebrated the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary, the landmark is facing a much more troubling milestone: a record nu...

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

Man Finds The Stranger Who Talked Him Out Of Suicide Attempt 6 Years Ago. This Is Their Reunion

Posted 01.30.2014 | Good News

Earlier this month, a man from the U.K. named Jonny Benjamin started a social media campaign called #FindMike to track down the stranger who convinced...

Inspirational Website Reminds Of How Wonderful Life Can Be

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact

A powerful website is reminding us of the wonder, love and beauty that exists in the world at all times. As its name suggests, "Collect the Reasons...

Bringing Teens Into the Conversation About Suicide Prevention

Christopher Gandin Le | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Christopher Gandin Le

After all these incredible efforts, not only are people still dying by suicide, but the data tells us that the number of people dying has actually increased over the past decade.

WATCH: This Man Is Trying To Find The Man Who Saved His Life

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2008, upon being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, Jonny Benjamin stood on a bridge over the Thames, ready to jump. A stranger's kind words ...

Are You Thinking About Hurting Yourself? Don't: We Love You.

Brian Stone | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Every year the holiday season is particularly hard on the LGBT community. Let's face it: you can't watch television without being inundated with commercials showing men and women kissing and giving each other gifts. But this is our life, and it is most certainly worth living.

Bringing Mental Illness Into the Open Saves Lives

Tricia Baker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Tricia Baker

Every time I hear reporters ask "Why" I want to jump through the TV screen and shake them. It is frustrating to me that the media is still so woefully uninformed about mental health.

Military Kids at Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.