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Mar 04, 2016

The mere thought of people who aren’t fully trained for suicide prevention trying to coach other people through their suicidal thoughts on a social media platform seems horrifying at first glance. That’s what suicide hotlines are for, right? Suicide hotlines are useful for many reasons: the people on the other end of the call are trained for how to deal with someone who has suicidal thoughts; they are closely connected to emergency services if callers decide to take action on their...

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Feb 27, 2016

Photo by Katie M. SimmonsHarvey Milk spoke the following words in 1978. He was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. His impassioned appeal to the San Francisco gay community—to step into the light in ways both private and public, to allow themselves to be seen—has inspired me repeatedly since I first became aware of it.

Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out. Come out to your parents…Come out to your relatives. Come...

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Feb 23, 2016

When a tragic event happens and it ends with someone dying, especially when that person takes their own life, people naturally look for someone to blame. This could not be truer than with suicide. Suicide can be really confusing for people to understand—so the easiest out is often to blame the person they think is responsible. So when a person dies by suicide, and that person was also bullied—the person who often gets blamed for their suicide is the bully.


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Feb 12, 2016

When a loved one dies from suicide, you never stop wondering what really happened. You spend countless hours considering what pushed him or her over the edge. You try to figure out if there was anything else you could have done. You research, you ponder and often you torture yourself trying to find an answer, even though you’ll never know if you’ve found it.

Recently I read that new research has shown that getting a concussion increases a person’s...

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Jan 31, 2016

I lost my mother to a postpartum mood disorder when I was 2 years old. Two years is longer than many children have with mothers who suffer from such disorders and end up killing themselves — and, of course, the time leading up to their deaths is fraught with difficulties, for the mothers and their newborns.

Such is the power of ignorance, taboo and liability concerns that even doctors have feared broaching the subject of postpartum depression and other mood...

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