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How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

How to help a friend who's lost a loved one to suicide

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. To loss a loved one to suicide. So what do you do when a dear friend losses someone they love? You want to be there for your friend, and help them in their time of grief. But it can feel so overwhelming knowing what to do to support them during this loss, because suicide is such a difficult and … [Read more...]

Facebook Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Feature

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Facebook is launching a new suicide prevention feature, and it is so heartening to see social media moving in this direction. Many social media sites have offered ways to "report" suicidal or self harm posts or content for the last few years, but in a new partnership, I believe Facebook is taking things is the right direction. You can … [Read more...]

Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

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Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer handing out honor beads to attendees, and years … [Read more...]

Be a Superhero #EndSuicide

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These people are real live superheroes. Each one has survived intense suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempts. They all have an illness that's symptoms often include intrusive thoughts of wanting to die. And that is so so very scary and sad and frustrating, but no matter what, they continue to fight. So to me that makes them superheroes, even … [Read more...]

Seattle Seahawks Recognize Suicide Prevention

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Friday night our American Foundation for Suicide Prevention chapter was recognized at the Seattle Seahawks preseason game. My fellow board member Heather and I were there on the field and up on the jumbotron sharing the message of suicide prevention. It was such a thrill to reach so many people about our cause! Because I know its hard to read, … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel as though we knew him. He spoke publicly about … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

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I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide out of the darkness. This year was a 17-1/2 mile … [Read more...]

Honoring Loved Ones Lost

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Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to create a new shirt. So please, if you'd like me … [Read more...]

My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken heart, or have been depressed, and have made it … [Read more...]

Our Stories Are Not Over #SemicolonProject416

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I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness. I just love the imagery and personal statement of this awareness … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Online Fundraiser

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A couple of months ago, Origami Owl Independant Designer Jamie Bertucci found me via Twitter. She contacted me about my fundraising for the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because she is passionate about the cause. Nine years ago Jamie lost her Dad to suicide. Jamie has kindly offered to donate 25% of sales (75% … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my med doses because it was just getting out of hand. The not … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I titled the "Butterfly Blogger" and then created … [Read more...]

Charity of the Month

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. BIG NEWS!   The Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has been named March Charity of the Month by the Champion Seattle Seahawks,  KIRO Radio 97.3, 710 ESPN Seattle, AM 770 KTTH  and MyNorthwest.com. All over the country this foundation is being recognized for their contributions to the world of … [Read more...]

Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising

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. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After recently becoming a member of our local Washington … [Read more...]

“Butterfly Blogger” T-Shirts for Suicide Prevention

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. A couple of weeks ago I drew this original art I call "Blogger Butterfly" to apply for a scholarship/trip to the blogging conference #SoFabCon14. They asked for creativity and I gave it to them. If you take a look it says "BLOGGER" in the body of the butterfly and then within the wings I have listed words that describe the many facets of being … [Read more...]

Your Jokes are SO Not Funny

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. Before getting to my post today, I have some wonderful news. As of last week, I am now on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. I've been a volunteer for the organization on the media team for quite some time and also recently become Chair of that committee. Being on the Board is … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

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. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, alone and sad. She stopped eating and lost 10 … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

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. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

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. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of transparency and vulnerability, she owns her story … [Read more...]

Jewelry for Suicide Loss/Mental Health

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. For my birthday last month, my parents gave me a meaningful bracelet that they chose in honor of my suicide prevention advocacy. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps suicide loss or prevention jewelry existed that I didn't know about. And I was right! The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention actually has Remembrance … [Read more...]