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

5 Common Myths About Suicide Debunked

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

Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act

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

The Life Vest Of Support

By Kate Mallow | Aug. 13, 2018 One of the worst feelings in the world is feeling like you’re all alone. Feeling like nobody could possibly understand what you’re going through or identify with the deep, drowning pain you feel. Throughout my life and journey with mental illness, I’ve felt this way more times than I’d like to … Continue reading The Life Vest Of Support

How To Reduce Screen Time In The Digital Age

By Nina Schroder, MSW, LCSW | Aug. 10, 2018 Smartphones have transformed modern life in more ways than anyone could have imagined. They enable 24/7 access to infinite information and tools that help us stay organized, track our fitness, express ourselves and be entertained. However, easy access to these digital devices and their habit-forming qualities has led to high screen time … Continue reading How To Reduce Screen Time In The Digital Age

Why Suicide Reporting Guidelines Matter

By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 15, 2018 Many people have a difficult time understanding why the words we use are so important, especially on a topic like suicide. How can certain images or words influence a person’s willingness to take their own life? How can one suicide lead to another? How can conversations, articles, personal stories and media … Continue reading Why Suicide Reporting Guidelines Matter