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.

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?

A Social Network for Depression

It's become more common to question the good of technology we use every day. Are we glued to our devices to the detriment of our real-life relationships? Does our scrolling through Facebook help us feel more connected, or feel worse about our own lives?

How Facebook Can Help Us Connect In Times Of Crisis

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.

Grief: Is It Different for Suicide?

26 years after I first began figuring out how to tell people that my dad died by suicide, I’m still figuring it out. It’s not any easier.

What’s a Mad Map?

Can we create an advance directive for mental health care?

Is Facebook Where You Share Your Real Life?

It’s a reflective time of year, and everyone’s favorite love-to-hate social networking platform hasn’t hesitated to nudge us to look back.

Drawing Depression on a Napkin

If we can simplify how we describe the experience of depression, can we spread an understanding of what it's like to live with it?

Describing Depression Through Art

Depression and mental illness have become frequently-talked-about topics, by famous and “regular” people alike. Now, more people are telling their stories in different and creative ways, including artists focusing on sharing experiences of mental illness through their art.

Can Schizophrenia Be Prevented?

The promise of research and programs that value prevention is that they could encourage a shift in the field to more prevention-oriented and comprehensive approaches for a range of mental health challenges.