Adolescent suicide is on the rise in the United States, and data indicates that suicide is a communicable disease, with one spurring others. No community is exempt: Suicide impacts our congregations, our clergy, and our camps.
To help increase awareness and understanding, we're asking people to share their insights and experiences with us - we want to highlight the reality of depression, the bits you can't always see. We're determined to challenge the stigma around what depression 'should' look like, and show the world that ANYONE can be affected by poor mental health.
Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, make up done, filters galore. The 'normal' side to me. Bottom picture: Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the 'normal' side to me that most people don't see....
This young British woman from Rugby, UK shared two selfies last April 3 in an attempt to raise awareness to mental illness.
Her Facebook post has become viral, and the comments about it are definitely proving her point about the issues of misunderstanding what mental illness is, and how bullied those who suffer are with what they have to fight on a daily basis, with little to no understanding and compassion on the part of those who should definitely be the best supporters in order to alleviate the effects of the anxiety she suffers (and millions of individuals who suffer from the same debilitating conditions).
Clearly, mental and cerebral illnesses are increasing in times of medical progress that have concentrated on healing physical and infectious diseases. Clearly, there needs to be a shift in how we consider human health and medicine. Clearly, this is a discussion that needs to be had.
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, author of the book The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life, believes that we are all constantly bombarded with this ideal of perfection and that one of the best antidotes to perfectionism is the acceptance of our flaws, our struggles and our negative feelings. Trying to ignore what we don’t like about ourselves ends up magnifying our weaknesses and pulling our focus constantly towards them.
It can be difficult for business owners and entrepreneurs to admit their struggles with mental illnesses as they would fear it be seen as a sign of weakness. There is more strength in sharing about it than hiding it because it will bring help to many. Here is a very thorough post about entrepreneurial stress and depression.
The 30-year-old partner of the Hollywood actor is reported to have been found dead on Monday night
Tragic story that is going to trend for a while because it affects celebrities but all too common. If you feel desperate and sad for too long, reach out and seek help because you are never alone despite feeling so.
If you or someone you know needs help or are having thoughts of suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 - in the US.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to consider how we can help prevent and treat mental illness – including the agonizing scourge of clinical depression. It’s also the month leading up to Shavuot, when we read the Book of Ruth. The story of Ruth and Naomi includes powerful lessons about how relationships and community can restore and sustain those facing difficult times.
University of Wisconsin-Superior associate professor Eleni Pinnow reflects on family's decision not to keep her sister's suicide a secret when writing her obituary
University of Wisconsin-Superior associate professor Eleni Pinnow reflects on family's decision not to keep her sister's suicide a secret when writing her obituary so that others might choose to live - also important to talk about the disorder to fight the stigma attached to it.
Benoit Violier was young, handsome and one of the world's top chefs. When he was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sunday, however, friends wondered if the pressure got to him.
It is always so sad to hear of someone successful dying of such a difficult to understand death. Chef Benoit Violier had just suffered losses and at the same time been awarded the first rank in the public eye. Juggling the pressures of inner grief and public high expectation is a huge stress that can trigger severe depression: the pain becomes such that despair shuts the world on you and suicidal ideas may overwhelm you.
Getting help is not easy. But help is available. Talk to someone when you can.
The Up and Down and Up of It, directed and written by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados, has been chosen to premiere at this year’s ...
30 minutes explaining pretty clearly what it is to go through depression. Not all depressions are alike, this is one of them and the documentary makes a very good job describing with no jargon nor complacency what it is like for Liz (the subject of the film).
Dear friends, family and community: When our daughter Maya took her life on October 2, our collective hearts shattered into enough pieces to fill the ocean. Each piece reflects memories and questio...
I did not know Maya, nor the Gold family to whom I extend my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of their beautiful daughter, sister and friend. But since they have had the grace and courage to share publicly about this tragic story, I want to honor this gift as the words of Rabbi Kliger are powerful and resonate to anyone who suffers in silence, from the gift of empathy, that lets a soul be so immersed in the pain of a broken world that it can become unbearable, if this pain has no outlet.
And yes, it is critical to remind the young - and the less young with their elder who desperately would want to spare the heartaches and challenges to their youngs - that life is hard and filled with challenges. That there is no shortcuts, and that there are and will be struggles and the need to take full responsibility for oneself.
I feel terribly sad and sorry for the loss of such a beautiful and delicate soul. May her memory be for a blessing and her story for love and understanding, not judging and lamenting.
May her family be comforted among the mourners of Sion.
“We’re social creatures. We’re looking for any way to connect.”
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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