How do you recognize the difference between a sad mood and depression? Would you know what to say or do if your child expressed suicidal thoughts?
The suicide rate has been rising in the United States since the beginning of the century, and is now the 10th leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new report, authored in part by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides guidance on how to implement universal suicide risk screening of youth in medical settings.
By Desiree Woodland | Oct. 26, 2018 The news spread quickly. Two youths from the local high school had died over the weekend. “They committed suicide” were the words I heard to explain the tragic loss of two young people, who had their entire lives ahead of them. It is common to hear those two words together—commit and … Continue reading Why I Don’t Say My Son ‘Committed’ Suicide
by Max E. Guttman, LCSW My parents have been there during the darkest moments of my recovery and during the most triumphant. From the very beginning, my parents have been present with me in my health and healing, and if my prayers are answered, they will be with me until the very end. My parents … Continue reading Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery
By Laura Greenstein | Sep. 24, 2018 Sometimes life can feel like a burden. It can feel like each day is a challenge. As if making it to your bed at the end of the day is like reaching the finish line of a long race. It can feel as if each interaction is a struggle. As if … Continue reading We Want You Here
By Elana Premack Sandler, LCSW, MPH | Sep. 10, 2018 “A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.” Many years ago, my colleague Ken Norton, LICSW, director of NAMI New Hampshire, shared this quote, and it has stuck with me. Visually, when you see a pebble drop into a pond, it’s something small … Continue reading The Ripple Effect Of Suicide
By Peggy Crandell | Sep. 05, 2018 I see my life as two separate pieces. The life I had before my son died, and the life after. This new life is not easy. It keeps moving forward solely because I wake up in the morning and get out of bed. My feet feel like they are mounted in cement. … Continue reading It Begins, Life Without My Son
By Kristen Fuller, M.D. | Sep. 06, 2018 Suicide affects all people. Within the past year, about 41,000 individuals died by suicide, 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, our society often paints suicide the way they would a prison sentence—a permanent situation that brands an … Continue reading 5 Common Myths About Suicide Debunked
depreby Jean Mellano Today, for the first time since Steve died by his own hand in 2015, someone said directly to me: “Suicide is a selfish act.” I was not angry or insulted, but rather very sad that people still believe this to be true. If anything, in the mind of the one who takes … Continue reading Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act