Cultivating Self-Acceptance In The LGBTQ Community

By Chris Tompkins | Jul. 29, 2019   I’ve been living in Los Angeles and working in West Hollywood, LA’s gay neighborhood, for 10 years. In that time, I’ve unfortunately known far too many people who have overdosed from drugs or alcohol or who have died by suicide. Recently, I was told a young man I once worked … Continue reading Cultivating Self-Acceptance In The LGBTQ Community

Mental Health Challenges In The LGBTQ+ Community

By Rui Pires and Katherine Ponte | Jul. 17, 2019 As a gay man, my earliest feelings of attraction to other men in adolescence were accompanied by an awareness that they conflicted with my immigrant parents’ expectations. I suppressed outward displays of my sexual orientation and retreated. I grew depressed and anxious. I felt pressure not to upend … Continue reading Mental Health Challenges In The LGBTQ+ Community

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services Struggle with Demand after Celebrity Suicides

NIH study identifies importance of support for critical suicide prevention services April 30, 2019 • Press Release The United States may lack the resources needed to meet increases in demand for suicide prevention services that occur after celebrity suicides, according to a recent study of crisis mental health services. The study, conducted by a team of researchers, … Continue reading Crisis and Suicide Prevention Services Struggle with Demand after Celebrity Suicides

Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

“The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” said study author Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., a clinical scientist in the NIMH Intramural Research Program. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”

Why I Don’t Say My Son ‘Committed’ Suicide

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

Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

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