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Teen Suicide

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.

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.

Memories of a Gay Childhood

Jan Phillips | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jan Phillips

I've been thinking of my own early years as a queer youth: how despairing I was, how wrong I felt, how terribly unseen and unheard. Then I remembered my suicide notes, how occasionally I would write one and leave it around to be found.

Why I 'Fired' My Radio Co-Host: She Believes Gays Who Have Sex Are Failing God's 'Self-Restraint' Test (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live, my BFF and volunteer co-host, Helen M. Holdun, expressed opinions that shocked me and listeners. She revealed that she believes that sex is only for heterosexual married couples, and only for the purpose of procreation.

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.

New Study Sheds Light On Effects Of Bullying

Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents

By: By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer Published: 03/10/2014 04:02 PM EDT on LiveScience Children and teens who are bullied may be more like...

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

Facebook: The World's Biggest Waste of Time?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.12.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Facebook isn't real or productive, it's just an advanced version of the electronic bulletin boards that have been around since the Internet dawned. Nobody on those old boards met their 'soul-mate' or bought a car; or paid their bills; or broadcasted their political opinions; or flamed each other for disagreeing.

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.

How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

Toan Lam | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Toan Lam

Grab a tissue and watch how every single kid has 'crossed a line.' Be inspired to take action -- you will discover that you have the power to BE ONE person that is the change-maker in your community.

Is Gun Violence in Our Schools a Solvable Problem?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Dorn recommended more armed guards, and here is where we disagree. Two factors need to be addressed when considering these options: the financial aspect and the psychological one.

Should We Begin the Criminalization of Online Harassment in the Classroom?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Should we be throwing the book at these teenagers when they are supposed to be hitting the books? The failures of our legal system to properly address online harassment begin with our schools and with children.

A Parent's Plea to Change Media Headlines

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

The fear a parent feels is more intense than anything that could have scared us before their birth. Our children's pain hurts us 10 times more than them, and we prefer it that way. There is a parental connection I could never comprehend as a child that surprises me still today.

From One Bully to Another: An Open Letter to Rebecca Sedwick's Bullies

Amy Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Weber

You are not bad people. You do not have cold and heartless souls that are incapable of feeling empathy. You do not need to be sent away and never allowed to set foot in a school again. No, not based on my experiences.

Can School Stereotypes Be a Pathway to Suicide?

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Female high school students experience more suicidal thoughts and attempts than males. However, male high school students complete suicide more frequently. One concern drawn from the research of Sian Beilock, PhD of the University of Chicago is how messages of stereotypes such as, "Girls find math difficult", can create something called stereotype threat. Stereotype threat is a situation where individuals are at risk of confirming a negative stereotype about a group to which they belong.

Why We Can't Stop Bullying

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers instances of bullying in one of two ways. They were either the victims of violence themselves or they had been unwilling witnesses to a bullying incident. The fact is, bullying has been an unfortunate fact of life for too many generations of children.

Letting the Blues Back Into Our Life: Opening Ears and Hearts to Save Lives

Skip Shuda | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Skip Shuda

Demonstrating compassion doesn't always save lives as dramatically as it did in Antoinette Tuff's case, but the potential is real

New App Brings LGBT History To Your Fingertips

THis Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In an effort to bridge new mediums of information-sharing and raise awareness surrounding a shared history of LGBT-identifying individuals, a new mobi...

Remember Carlos Vigil

Chez Pazienza | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Chez Pazienza

We'll see this kind of thing again. We'll see another young person bullied to the point where he or she feels like the only recourse left is to lay down and die. There will be more suicide notes. More devastated families. There will be more.

We All Need to Support Paris

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Bonnie Fuller

Poor Paris Jackson. She's allegedly surrounded by chaos and upheaval at every turn in her family and now she may be questioning whether her adored fat...

Online Media and Teen Suicide

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Hemanshu Nigam

Clearly, the pressures children and teens face online are more considerable now than in years passed. Victims are often unable to separate themselves from bullies who are just a click away online.

Teen Suicide and Contagion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

The idea of a teen committing suicide and of a young life being abbreviated is almost too painful to think about. A new study suggests that the phenomenom of "suicide contagion" is sadly alive and well among teens.

What Do I Do If My Teen Is Thinking About Suicide?

Christy Esposito-Smythers | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Christy Esposito-Smythers

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow can parents and guardians help? We offer eight tips based on years of clinical work and research with families with teens who have thought about or actually tried to commit suicide.

Teen's Suicide After Attack Troubles Town

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime

SARATOGA, Calif. -- One evening last Labor Day weekend, 15-year-old Audrie Pott walked up the driveway of a classmate's home alongside other teenagers...

Homophobia's Cruel Mother's Day

Rob Watson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The Friday before Mother's Day, my work associate asked me for a favor. "I may need to work altered hours on Monday, if that is OK," she started. "I have a memorial service that I need to go to." And then, almost under her breath: "It was a suicide."