Tag: Suicide

Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking […]

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Suicide Rates Are Rising, But Nobody Really Knows Why

So why this significant rise in the suicide rate? Thoughts of suicide are usually a serious, often un-diagnosed symptom of clinical depression. For some, these thoughts turn into devising a plan and even making an attempt. People who die by suicide are usually suffering from depression and aren’t getting adequate — or in some cases, […]

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From Attempting Suicide to Feeling Full of Life: One Woman’s Story

Blackman had struggled with suicidal thoughts since age 12, regularly triggered by witnessing drug addiction and domestic violence. At the time of her attempt, she was 24 years old. She felt “powerless and hopeless.” For years, Blackman also struggled with depression and anxiety. “They both were beyond exhausting to the point I became numb,” she […]

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YouTube Star Etika Is Found Dead in NYC, Leaving Thousands of Fans in Mourning

Desmond “Etika” AmofaScreenshot: EtikaFRFX (YouTube) YouTube gaming star Etika was pulled lifeless from New York City’s East River days following his disappearance after he posted video that had fans and loved ones concerned for his safety. New York City police on Tuesday announced the death of the 29-year-old Etika, born Desmond Amofah, after having put […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 22, 2019

Enjoy! How to Get to Sleep: Lifehacker’s podcast, The Upgrade, is calling all “insomniacs, tossers, turners, blanket hogs, disco nappers, and snooze button pushers” for their recent episode “How to Get to Sleep,” during which they spoke with experts about — you guessed it — getting a good night’s sleep with the promise of avoiding […]

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3 Lessons that Gloria Vanderbilt Taught Us About Coping with a Child’s Suicide

The following three insights from Vanderbilt about how to cope with the loss of a child to suicide are worth noting and remembering as a source of strength and consolation to the millions of parents in this country who lose children to suicide each year: Lesson #1: Don’t Be Afraid to Open Up About Your […]

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Nigel Shelby’s Mother Says the School System Failed Her Child

Screenshot: National Black Justice Coalition (YouTube) Nigel Shelby, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in Alabama after allegedly being bullied for living his truth, was taken from us too soon. Nigel will never know love, heartbreak, or one day meet his chosen family who would affirm him and make him feel like he had a place […]

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Philadelphia’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Photo: iStock On Friday, Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin was found dead inside the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff died by suicide, according to findings confirmed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. Advertisement Amber […]

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She’s Not Your Superwoman: Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Pays Homage to Her Sister Titi on Her 50th Birthday

With over 46 million Americans experiencing mental illness in any given year, it is something which directly or indirectly affects us all. Yet, black women, in particular, often suffer in silence because of shame, stigma or frankly, lack of resources or time to take care of themselves. That black woman muttering to herself on a […]

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