A few months ago, researchers issued a study reporting that today's college students display significantly less empathy than their peers from 30 years ago. I did not want to believe the study. But I wonder.
Statistically, a member of the gay community will attempt suicide every five hours -- with most suicides and attempts resulting because of intolerance, harassment, and bullying. This isn't just a problem, this is an epidemic.
High school is not a real representation of the world outside. Those who are ostracized for being unique or different (for whatever reason) are often the people that go on to have interesting and fulfilling lives.
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration need to take steps to hirecompetent, well trained mental health professionals to treat the soldiers and veterans suffering from military related illnesses.
Has anyone yet reported on the life Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi lived together? What kinds of cultural experiences was Ravi encountering that might have complicated his own decisions? What about his Asian-American accomplice Molly Wei?
Ravi and Wei didn't just want to harass and bully Clementi. That they could have done any time, in person, in private. They were not even trying to out him. It's just life in the online world where everything is fair game and privacy is just a Facebook option.
I like to think of myself as a conscientious consumer, and I was aware of the conditions of much of Chinese labor. This fleeting consideration was swiftly superseded by the tiny excitement of a new toy.
With the help and support of friends and readers, I organized the first Get Your Wellness On -- A Suicide Awareness & Prevention Fair to create opportunities where we can be of help to the over 33,000 people die of suicide every year in the U.S.