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Suicide Prévention

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 09.26.2014 | 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.

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.'