Terrible, Thanks for Asking

These stories now enter our cars, homes, and earbuds—our everyday lives—decreasing fear, stigma, and isolation and increasing connection, humanity, and compassion.

5 Simple Steps for Suicide Prevention

This week, National Suicide Prevention Week, it seems particularly appropriate to talk about both the good and the evidence-based.

Can You Grieve a Death Almost 30 Years Later?

Grief is invisible. It changes you.

A Digital Therapist to Treat Depression?

We’re glimpsing the possibility of face-to-face therapy being replaced by virtual, tech-based modalities.

Talking Openly About Mental Illness

What if you could talk entirely openly about your experience of mental illness?

Ring Theory Helps Us Bring Comfort In

A simple way to understand where you are in a crisis.

13 Reasons Why "13 Reasons Why" Isn’t Getting It Right

The Netflix show is hitting the cultural mainstream at just the right moment to push an important issue into the spotlight.

Lived Expertise and Suicide Prevention

A lesson of the lived experience movement is that it takes those who've experienced suicide risk to break down stigma and change perceptions and policies related to mental health.

Happy-Sad: Charity Fundraising, Grief, and Hope

These events are not called “Cycle for Loss” or “Into the Darkness” for a reason. They are focused on coming out of -- surviving -- something that can be devastating.

What Does Mental Illness Look Like?

There is no “look” to mental illness. And, nothing “looks like” mental illness. Can images help increase understanding of experiences that are hard to understand?

A Public Display of People With Mental Illness?

The idea is to show what mental illness looks like, and what it looks like is us.

Gratitude and Mindfulness at Times of Uncertainty

Everybody’s doing -- or trying to do it. Some people are meditating. Others are chronicling their moments of gratitude. It can sometimes seem a little too good to be true.

Instagram Takes on Suicide Prevention

A few years ago, it was acceptable to assert that social media wasn’t real life. Now, with social media dictating real life, the lines are completely blurred.

Humans of New York Takes on Veteran Mental Health

“I realized that there’d soon be a point in time when we’d lost more Marines to suicide than to enemy action.” This truth isn’t new. But it’s getting a lot of new attention.

Talking With Kids About Suicide

How do you talk with kids about death when the death you want to talk about is a suicide?

How to Practice Talking About Suicide Loss

You can decide how you want to tell your story of loss, so others can listen, and so you can feel supported in the way you deserve.
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Mental Health for the Rest of Us

In an effort to decrease stigma, we’ve expanded the way we talk about mental illness.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

How Does MIT Prevent Suicide?

It’s an age-old question if the high-pressure environments of our nation’s best institutions of higher learning contribute to greater suicide risk or rates.

How to Help a Friend Who’s Suicidal

It's emotionally heavy to carry a crisis, to walk around like it’s just a regular day when you’re actually thinking about whether someone you care about will take their life.

Everything Doesn’t Happen For A Reason

“Going through something” includes change or loss, whether anticipated or unexpected, that contributes to disappointment, sadness, or even devastation.

‘Tis the Season To Be Miserable

It’s not realistic for anyone to keep up joy for the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

How Not to Tell Your Story

Anyone can put up a slide deck full of statistics, but what truly resonates and makes an impact on individuals, organizations, and systems is often a very well-told personal story. Stories, not stats, motivate change.

Truth, Beauty, and Social Media

How do I know when someone's telling the truth? The posts make me uncomfortable. Sometimes I physically squirm. Sometimes I hold back tears. Sometimes I don’t want to push “Like.”

Forgiveness, Acceptance, Compassion -- and Suicide

I don’t write these words -- acceptance, forgiveness, compassion -- as if they are tiny words, like ‘it’ or ‘to.’ They are enormous words, like ‘and’ or ‘but.’ In them lies tremendous potential, so much unknown.

Post-Baby Mental Health, For Dads

If you’re about to become a father, there’s little likelihood anyone will talk with you about how these experiences will change your life.

Therapy That Makes Life Worth Living

There is no magic pill for mental health, nor a quick fix for years of ingrained thoughts and behaviors.

Life Unfiltered: Do We Mask Depression Online?

Are there ways we can authentically share ourselves online? How can we show how life is a balance of good moments—the pretty pictures with the fun filters—along with harder, more complex times?

How Can We Nurture Our Teens?

What needs to be in place within communities to show teens that they’re not miniature adults, but valued for their stage in life?

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