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Suicide Prévention

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.30.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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.

Healing My Family's Painful Legacy of Suicide

Anne DiNoto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anne DiNoto

On July 7, 1981 like a typical teenager, I was sun bathing at the local public pool, Highland Park in Endwell, New York when I heard my younger sister, Chris screaming, "Uncle Tony is dead!" I was fourteen at the time. I was startled and confused and tried to reassure her everything would be okay. I thought, "How can that be he is only thirty-three?"

Looking For Solace After My Wife's Suicide

Bill Zito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Zito

Carol Stiers-Zito was the center of the universe; at least she was to me. My wife's sudden and unexpected death left a devastating void in my life and the life of our daughter. The last seven years have been an obstacle course of grief, second guessing and self-doubt intertwined with a constant search to extract something positive or affirming from the tragedy

Nathan's Pain: Sometimes It Gets Better, But Not Without Loss

Victor Lopez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Victor Lopez

By the time he reached his 20s, Nathan knew he had a choice to make. He could either live a closeted life within the church, or come out. There was no doubt in his mind that he would be rejected for the latter.

College Campus Reeling After 2 Freshmen Deaths This Month

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.31.2013 | College

The Colorado State University community is reeling over two 18-year-old freshmen students who were found dead in their dorm rooms in separate incident...

Bullying Prevention Neglects The Full Needs of Victims

Scott Poland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Scott Poland

While bullying prevention is certainly an important measure, it neglects the needs of potential victims of suicide. We need more programming to prevent suicide, which is quite clearly a risk factor for those who are bullied.

The Next Time You Feel Low, Read This Comic Book Writer's Incredible Advice

Posted 10.18.2013 | Good News

Matt Fraction -- an acclaimed comic book writer whose work includes "Iron Man" and "Hawkeye" -- has a Tumblr page. He updates it regularly with memes,...

Cyber-Bullying, Social Media, and Parental Responsibility

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

What role have the parents of bullies played in these cases? Why are parents giving young children smart phones with 24/7 access to social networks? More importantly, why are they not diligently monitoring their kids' online activity?