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Suicide Prévention

It's Time To Talk About Suicide

Jennifer Romolini | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Romolini

Suicide is still such a taboo that most people are afraid to open up about what's going on with them without fear of some kind of judgment. It's important to be able to confront these incredibly scary issues without so much fear.

There Is Still Some Time

Jamie Tworkowski | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News
Jamie Tworkowski

You are not alone in these places. Other people feel how you feel. You are more than just your pain. You are more than wounds, more than drugs, more than death and silence.

Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Doug Levitt

I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.

Depression Is An Illness, But I'm Proof You Can Be Happy Again

Ally Del Monte | Posted 08.20.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

People don't think rich, famous, funny people can suffer from depression. But they can. I know from experience that sometimes the ones who seem like they have the most going for them can be holding on by the slimmest threads.

Arielle Caputo Is on the Front Lines of Teen Suicide

Gordy Grundy | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Gordy Grundy

In our times of great uncertainty and powerlessness, Arielle Caputo took action for the needy in the most admirable way. She does not have the luxury to write a check. Instead, she simply and humbly produced good deeds, which began to ripple far and wide.

Blood Test That Allegedly Predicts Suicide Risk Only Looks Promising in the Media, Not in Science

Cecile Janssens | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This simple blood test for the prediction of suicide risks not only lacks a proper scientific basis but signifies unacceptable ignorance of the motives behind suicide thoughts and suicide attempts. Because of the complex nature of suicide, it is unlikely that a genetic test will ever be the key to prevention.

What the Robin Williams Tragedy Means for You

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As sad as it is that we have lost Robin Williams, if his death can prevent further suicides, perhaps Williams's legacy and contribution to the common good does not have to end with his untimely passing.

What Robin Williams' Death Means to Me

Justine Valinotti | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Justine Valinotti

I normally don't pay much attention to what happens to celebrities. But Robin Williams' apparent suicide has left me with a grief I have not experienced over the death of anyone else I never knew personally.

This Coupon Entitles You to One Free Hug

Jenine Durland | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenine Durland

With a great deal of bipolar disorder in my immediate family, I've watched depression's dark tentacles wrap themselves around our hearts in the most insipid and life-altering ways.

We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

The stigma of mental illness is often believed to be that we don't talk about mental illness. The harsh reality is that people don't talk about their emotions period and a large percentage of people feel that mental illness isn't treatable. We need to have a clearer starting point and explanations of mental health for people to follow in order to find the help they need.

Is Suicide Contagious? What Robin Williams' Death Means for Young People

Kara Powell | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kara Powell

Equally important as observing teenagers this week is engaging in conversation with them. Ask them what they think of Robin Williams' life, work, and death. Share that suicide is one of the most common forms of death for young people, and ask them if they know anyone who has ever talked about taking their own life.

Suicide Is Personal, Robin Williams and My Best Friend's Anniversary

Andrea Callanan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Callanan

The recent tragedy of the wonderful Robin Williams has brought to light depression and anxiety in the most severe way and of course for those of us who have experienced losing someone to suicide it's a sharp reminder at how invisible mental illness really is.

Sad Clown: How Robin Williams Influenced This Comedian

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

Reading the reports of Robin Williams' darker side and the demons he faced has hit home for me: the clown and entertainer just wanting to be loved and make people smile while he himself felt isolated and different. The sad clown.

Robin Williams' Throbbing (and Reciprocated) Love of Python

Martin Lewis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Just as the Beatles (especially John) found a kindred spirit in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson -- so did the Python members find a joyous soulmate in Robin Williams. It was love at first laugh. And it was a fully-consummated mutual admiration.

'Doubtfire Face' Aims To Raise Awareness For Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Since the tragic news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke, fans have shown an outpouring of support by sharing their favorite memories, films, quotes a...

Our Policy in Preventing Suicide Should Be "If In Doubt, Check It Out"

Alan Ross | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Alan Ross

Altruistic or not, it is of great benefit to our friends, family and community to gain insight into what the person in crisis is thinking and feeling -- whether we understand them or not -- in order to intervene in a potential life-threatening situation.

Grieving and Getting Support After Robin Williams' Suicide

Seleni Institute | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Seleni Institute

Do you find it upsetting to listen to news coverage or reports? It's okay to disengage when you feel upset or anxious. It's a perfect example of self-care; it doesn't mean you're not interested or affected, it just means you know how to protect yourself.

Robin Williams: Drugs, Depression and Laughter

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Reef Karim, D.O.

Personally, I was deeply effected by Robin Williams passing. I grew up with him. He was a part of my childhood and adult life. I, like may others, will really miss his spirit and his talent. He made me laugh and helped me realize the power of comedy and laughter in my personal and professional life. I truly believe that "Laughter is the best medicine." And our world just lost some really good medicine.

I Wish Depression Could Be My Facebook Status

Terezia Farkas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Terezia Farkas

The mother told everyone her son was finally at peace and that we should remember all the beauty and wonders of his life. That is the legacy of your loved one who commits suicide. The depression was just an illness, a terrible burden he or she could not go past. It never defined your loved one.

Here's What's Wrong With All Those Well-Meaning Robin Williams Tweets

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living

When legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on Aug. 11, many people took to social media to express their heartfelt thoughts and mess...

Robin Williams and My Stepmother Never Met...

Ian Sephton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ian Sephton

Depression is a real disease, serious as cancer or heart attack. For some they fight for years trying to make sense of it, balance chemicals with medication, and go to counseling hoping to see the brighter side of life. Others like my stepmother and Robin Williams have already lost that fight.

There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide

Katie Hurley | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women
Katie Hurley

The trouble with suicide is that no one knows what to say. No one knows how to react. So they smile and wave and attempt distraction... but they never ever say the word. The survivors, it seems, are often left to survive on their own.

You Will Have Bad Times: For Robin Williams

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Loren Kleinman

This week our global community lost someone so very special. Actor and comedian Robin Williams has made me laugh (hard, very hard) throughout my life and I'm sure yours too. The thing is we never know the interior battles others face.

The 'If Only' of Suicide

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

As we take in the tragedy of Robin Williams' passing, we should also reject the shambles that is mental health care for most Americans. If there is an "if only" that makes sense, it is a societal one.

'No One Can Stop Someone From Killing Themselves If They Decide To Do It'

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

When someone kills themselves, it arouses all kinds of responses. Disbelief. Despair. Anger. Confusion. Fear. Overwhelming empathy for those who loved that person. Deep sadness for the one who faced such a choice.