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.

From Awareness to Prevention

I believe in the power of awareness months to draw needed attention and funds to causes I care about. But, I also care about what happens the rest of the year. So, on the cusp on a new month, I want to think about how to move from awareness to prevention, and the power of a moment to move change forward.

Robin Williams and My Dad: The Unlikeliest Pair

At this moment, as it seems like the world is coming together around depression and suicide prevention, my wish is that we are incredibly, undeniably, successful in these pursuits. What more do we have to lose?

Why Recording Happiness Every Day Could Make You Miserable

While I entirely support the idea of cultivating gratitude for the moments in life that we might be too busy to recognize, I’d argue that we’re too human to be happy 100 days in a row.

No Joy and No Fun

The aptly phrased paradox of modern parenting as “all joy and no fun” may be true. But, it’s not supposed to be no joy and no fun.

Talking About Sensitive Topics on Social Media

Social media foster connection and create community. Behind every Twitter handle and Facebook profile is a real person. Remembering that reality is essential to authenticity and success in the social media space.

Vulnerability as Strength? Suicide Attempt Survivors

A tipping-point-style revolution is taking place in the suicide prevention movement.

How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Illness

If my father hadn’t died, I don’t know how we would have talked about his illness as a family. But, it’s something I think about more and more these days, especially after being asked by a friend struggling with mental illness how to talk about it with his child.

Teen Suicide: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About It?

If three Newton teens had died in the past six months, I would still feel exhausted and saddened by it. But, the whole truth is that three young people died by suicide. Without acknowledging the reality of suicide, we can’t work toward preventing it.

Twitter Reflects Reality, at Least About Suicide

Social media have changed how we communicate, how we perceive and present ourselves, and now how we conceptualize the ideas of data, research, and validity.

Food, Stress, and the Holiday Season

Whether it's a family dinner where everyone is watching what you eat or don't eat, or an office conversation about new year's resolutions to lose weight, for a person with an eating disorder, food, eating, and weight - which are always a focus - are unavoidably front and center at this time of year.

Can Giving Thanks Make Us Feel Better?

Would you take time to consider the good if there was a chance it could make the bad feel better?

A Gendered View of Depression

Is depression sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness? Or is depression rage, risk-taking, substance abuse, and workaholism?

Why Reporting on Suicide Isn’t Black or White

Recently that I learned that New Zealand has, for 25 years, essentially made media mention of suicide illegal.

Honoring the Past and Living in the Present

This year, remembering my dad on the anniversary of his death is different. Mostly it’s different because I am now a parent myself.

Status Updates and Suicide Risk

Facebook’s been wondering about our feelings for a while. Going so far as to ask directly, “What’s on your mind?” in that little white box where you update your status, Facebook can collect data on all of us—our feelings, actions, reactions, desires, wishes, hopes, and dreams.

Siri Helps Prevent Suicide?

If you’d Google it, or post a question to an online forum, or crowdsource through Facebook, is it just a shade of difference to ask a virtual assistant for help finding a mental health resource?