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A broken heart for the social media community

A broken heart for the social media community | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
My friend Trey Pennington, one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today.
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On learning of the death of Trey Pennington, voices rise to stress the need to get depression out of the closet
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I had a black dog ~ explaining what depression is ~ with French subtitles

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An animated video to explain what depression is ~ with French Subtitles ~ a World Health Organization video

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The Germanwings Mass Murder–Suicide Shows the Importance of Depression Intervention

The Germanwings Mass Murder–Suicide Shows the Importance of Depression Intervention | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
“We’re social creatures. We’re looking for any way to connect.”
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There is little doubt that Lubitz was suffering intensely from depression at the time of his death, which may be of little meaning to those devastated by the monstrous enormity of his final act. But Lubitz's case raises an important question: Who are the people usually harmed by depression and is there any hope for intervention in cases of seemingly sudden and inexplicable suicide?

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Sharon Osbourne: I've Taken Medication for Depression for 16 Years - People Magazine

Sharon Osbourne: I've Taken Medication for Depression for 16 Years - People Magazine | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
The co-host reveals her mood disorder on The Talk
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Depression and Suicide In Animal Care Professions: What Can We Do? - Jessica Dolce

Depression and Suicide In Animal Care Professions: What Can We Do? - Jessica Dolce | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Dr. Sophia Yin died on Monday at just 48 years old. It is a great loss, felt deeply by everyone in the animal care world. I didn’t know her personally, but her work truly helped me be a better advocate for my dog. Dr. Yin was a force for good for our pets. Yesterday it …
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Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard of work with animals, that requires to compassionately and effectively respond to the constant demand to be helping to those who are suffering and in need. This can result in us experiencing the symptoms of compassion fatigue.

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A Message to the Depressed. - YouTube

Suicide hotline number: 1-800-273-TALK Email: Legal first name (cuz of confusion) is Sky Williams: Gregidot@gmail.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkyWilliam...
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You are never alone

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Depression, a view from the inside.

Poor Robin Williams. A long-term solution for a short-term problem. That’s what they say, isn’t it? ‘They’ being people who’ve probably never had to live with depression. I’ll come straight out wit...
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Annabel Giles has the eloquent words that make people who struggle with depression relate immediately to what she is saying.

 

She also manages to raise awareness and draw attention for those who have difficulty understanding and accepting.

 

This piece is sparking a necessary conversation. 

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Confessions of a depressed comic

Confessions of a depressed comic | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.
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Robin Williams dead at 63 (with images, tweets) · abcnews

Social media remembers US comedian and actor Robin Williams who died today.
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A Dark Connection: The Link Between Debt and Depression | National Payday

A Dark Connection: The Link Between Debt and Depression | National Payday | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 1999 and 2010 the suicide rate increased by 30 percent. US household debt has been steadily increasing
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Not surprisingly, to link debt and depression is necessary. This article surveys the different ways the link operates. Educating on financial management is certainly part of mental health prevention.

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« La maison de Kate » : un docu sur le centre de désintox de la fille de Jane Birkin - Rue89

« La maison de Kate » : un docu sur le centre de désintox de la fille de Jane Birkin - Rue89 | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Kate Barry a fondé un centre qui accueille en post-cure toxicomanes et alcooliques. Rue89 diffuse en intégralité le film de Yamina Benguigui sur ce modèle unique.
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Although Kate Barry's death after she fell from her 5th floor window in her parisian appartment December 11, 2013  has not been officially ruled as a suicide yet, she was visibly fragile and probably suffering from depression. Which may have caused her untimely death.

Kate Barry had created a center for addicted persons based on cognitive behavioral therapies that had helped her to wean from her addictions.

 

A sad story and a tragic loss.

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Self-Help Radio Hosts Commit Suicide Together

Self-Help Radio Hosts Commit Suicide Together | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Two “self-help” life coaches were found dead Monday after committing suicide in their Brooklyn home. Despite projecting positive messages, the couple decided to end their lives early.
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The death of the two life coaches sheds light on the questionable authority of the self-help industry, says Amy Anderson. Obviously, in this tragic instance, the couple got confused in their own ability to overcome their problems that led to them ending their own lives. This piece reviews self-help in a negative way that probably warrants it, in light of this particulalr event.

There is probably still more to it, but basically depression is a very serious and deadly matter, that needs to be acknowledged and not taken lightly...

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Tech VIPs, family take to Web with sorrow, anger over Swartz

Tech VIPs, family take to Web with sorrow, anger over Swartz | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Tim Berners-Lee and Lawrence Lessig are among those who express sorrow and/or anger at Aaron Swartz's suicide. Swartz's family announces memorial Web site and also points finger at federal prosecutors and MIT.
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Beyond the shock and upset over Swartz suicide, scientist and internet fans are taking upon to post more and more tributes online, including attempts to make public their papers, with the hashtag #pdftributeaaronswartz

 

The movement is spiralling like viral movements do. Aaron's suicide is likely to trigger more discussion about the openess of the internet (which was his life dedication) than about depression and his act of despair.

 

If it does, and leads to positive change in internet law, it will be a sign of how grief leads to transformation.

 

May his memory be for that blessing.

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Prosecutor as bully

Prosecutor as bully | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
(Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)
Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this...
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Aaron's friend Lessig take on his suicide

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Penn runner's depression masked on social media

Penn runner's depression masked on social media | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
On Instagram, Madison Holleran's life looked ideal: Star athlete, bright student, beloved friend. But the photos hid the reality of someone struggling to go on.
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Living With a Black Dog - YouTube

Millions of people around the world live with depression. “Living with a black dog” is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It advises t...
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Wayne Brady Gets Candid About His Depression: "I Had a Complete Breakdown" - Us Magazine

Wayne Brady Gets Candid About His Depression: "I Had a Complete Breakdown" - Us Magazine | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Wayne Brady opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his battle with depression, revealing he had a "complete breakdown" on his 42nd birthday
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'Doubtfire Face' aims to say 'hello' to suicide prevention and remember Robin Williams (with images, tweets) · cbccommunity

A Social Media Story storified by CBC News Community
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A social media campaign to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention, hoping to catch up on the trail of the ALS icebucket successful phenomenon on Facebook and Youtube. 

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Tips for reporting on Suicide: A responsible, compassionate way | Suicide Prevention

Tips for reporting on Suicide: A responsible, compassionate way | Suicide Prevention | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misperceptions and correct myths which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help.Suicide stories should be covered in a way that avoids misinformation and offers hope. If possible, they should include the following:Mental illness is treatableRefer to research findings that mental disorders and/or substance abuse have been found in 90% of the people who have died by suicideAvoid reporting that death by suicide was preceded by a single event, such as a recent job loss, divorce or bad grades. Reporting this way leaves the public with an overly simplistic and misleading understanding of suicide.Consider quoting a suicide prevention expert on causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in rates and recent treatment advances.
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Five Common Myths About Depression

With the tragic loss of Robin Williams to apparent suicide, a worldwide discussion about the effects of depression has begun. Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide in the US, and suicide claims 34,000 lives in this country every year. Far too often those who would benefit from treatment don’t [...]
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1. Depression is not synonymous with sadness 2. People with depression are pretty strong people 3. Depression is not always situational: it is usually diagnosed because of a situation which makes it more obvious 4. Depression affects your entire body and not only your thoughts 5. Depression can be treated efficiently and you can learn to cope with it with the proper help that will meet your personal needs. 

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Adieu Robin Williams - Un jour à la fois

Adieu Robin Williams - Un jour à la fois | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
La nouvelle est tombée peu après l'heure du dîner lundi soir sur la côte Est, et très rapidement, les hommages se sont succédés en cascade, tant le comédien était bien-aimé de
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It is always very sad and tragic when such a beloved and talented celebrity dies of suicide. It can be a terrible trigger for those suffering from depression. 

Because of the world attention, good and bad comes out of such news. Awareness can be raised. Insensitive  comments abound too. The family mourning their loved one would certainly want that he is remembered for his life accomplishments and legacy and not delve on how he died which is so sad and violent to the survivors. 

Let us remember Robin Williams for a tender, sensitive, delicate and incredibly talented and funny man who did only good during his career. Let us not forget that what we see of a man, be it on a screen or in person, is never the full picture and may his intense suffering be for a purpose. He gave more than he received, may he receive peace and recognition now and forever. 

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Actor, comedian Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Actor, comedian Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide.
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Chien Noir - Un jour à la fois

Chien Noir - Un jour à la fois | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
Quand j'ai commencé ce blogue, il y a déjà quelques mille trois cent vingt et un billets, et 7 années 9 mois et 11 jours si je compte aujourd'hui, j'avais en tête que j'allais
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A personal account in French that I wrote for my readership.

An older account in English was previously published in 2009 and can be found here: 

http://otir.net/bacasable/index.php?post/2009/04/01/Writing-and-depression

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Doni Bulow

Doni Bulow | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
          Doni was very generous and patient with his grandparents . He used his growing computer knowledge to help us make decisions about what to buy and how best to use it during visits...
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Quoting Cory Doctorow on Doni's death: "Suicide reminds us all that though we know and see much about one another through our networked friendships, we still must take affirmative steps to take care of one another. It's easy to see the status updates and GitHub checkins and assume that everything is OK. But unless you ask, and listen carefully to the answer, you can't know that. Please take good care of one another."

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Exclusive: Co-hosts of radio show 'The Pursuit of Happiness' committed suicide

Exclusive: Co-hosts of radio show 'The Pursuit of Happiness'  committed suicide | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
A Brooklyn couple who hosted a radio show called "The Pursuit of Happiness" committed suicide together by putting plastic bags over their heads and inhaling helium.
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No insight for this kind of story yet. As always when hearing about a case of suicide, there is something baffling in the reception of the news at first. Then a stream of reactions that may be all contradicting themselves. First thought was that their endeavor to dedicate themselves to "The Pursuit of Happiness" was maybe stemmed in their own depressed propension, and the urgent will to overcome it ... at all costs.

If it baffles you too, it may be a good sign that you do not comprehend and you are not prone to understanding and copying... Life is precious whether happy or not.

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Reddit cofounder and online activist Aaron Swartz dead at 26 | The Raw Story

Reddit cofounder and online activist Aaron Swartz dead at 26 | The Raw Story | Suicide and depression | Scoop.it
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Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday 1.11.13 in NYC. He was known as one of the authors of the widely popular rss (really simple syndication), which he created when he was 14. Eighteen months ago he got into judicial trouble for downloading documents from MIT. He was an online activist with a view to make the world a fairer place. He was battling depression while beeing obviously bullied by the prosecution on his case in Massachussetts. His tragic death is going to ripple widely.

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