A Perspective on Suicide

Before you read this post, I want to make it very clear that suicide is NOT the answer. Your life is precious.  If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, PLEASE SEEK HELP!   This post was in no way meant to glorify suicide or offer it as a viable solution to any problem.Continue reading “A Perspective on Suicide”

Tips and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend

The teenage years can be tough, and it’s perfectly normal to feel sad or irritable every now and then. But if these feelings don’t go away or become so intense that you can’t handle them, you may be suffering from depression. The good news is that you don’t have to feel this way. Help isContinue reading “Tips and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend”

Five Tips to Help Parents Prevent Bullying

Parents and guardians are among a school’s best allies in bullying prevention: Talk with and Listen to Your Children Everyday Ask questions about their school day, including experiences on the way to and from school, lunch, and recess. Ask about their peers. Children who feel comfortable talking to their parents about these matters before theyContinue reading “Five Tips to Help Parents Prevent Bullying”

When Sadness Lingers…

Feelings of surprise vanish in an instant, while sorrow can hang on for months. Why is that? New research from the journal Motivation and Emotion offers answers. Of all your emotions, sadness tends to last the longest, the research data show. Anger, hope, pride, and enthusiasm round out the top five when it comes to enduringContinue reading “When Sadness Lingers…”

Why We Care? Why You Should…

In a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate for the top ten leading causes of death has decreased or held steady – except the tenth leading cause of death in the United States – suicide. From the last time this data was made available in 2011, the nationalContinue reading “Why We Care? Why You Should…”

Suicide: Never an Option!

I have talked with several suicidal people who have said something like this: “If things don’t work out I can always kill myself. I always have that option.” Suicide is not an option. And the type of mindset that accompanies this type of statement needs to be changed immediately. People who make that type ofContinue reading “Suicide: Never an Option!”

Suicide, Depression, and Mental Illness: Celebrities Aren’t Immune

The 15-year-old daughter of pop legend Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on June 5th after an apparent suicide attempt. Her mother, Debbie Rowe, told Entertainment Tonight that Paris had cuts on her wrists. While it’s too early to speculate exactly what led to Paris’ possible suicide attempt, she did show someContinue reading “Suicide, Depression, and Mental Illness: Celebrities Aren’t Immune”

Robin Williams: The Unforeseen Tragedy

With the recent passing of Actor/Comedian Robin Williams, many questions have been asked as to the reason why.  Why didn’t he get help?  Why didn’t someone recognize what was going on in his life? Why did this happen?  And, the list goes on…   Like many suicides, the signs were not recognized and it isContinue reading “Robin Williams: The Unforeseen Tragedy”

7 Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone With Depression

Life is full of ups and downs, and it’s only natural to go through rough periods when you need some cheering up. But depression is more than feeling a little blue, and people struggling with depression need the right kind of loving support. That’s why it helps to know what to say — and whatContinue reading “7 Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone With Depression”