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 now "report" self harm on Facebook, but … [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 past I raised funds and walked myself, or with a … [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 if they don't feel like they are. A few days ago, … [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, here's what it says on the … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday 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 sleeping, the racing thoughts, the … [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 t-shirts to sell to benefit the AFSP. 40-50% of the … [Read more...]

What’s Happening: Suicide Prevention Week Sept 9-15

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Next week is Suicide Prevention Week, with Tuesday Sept. 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day. I have a lot of things going on and wanted to share them with you in advance, in the hope that you will join us by participating in some way, whenever and however you can. There is true power in sharing our experiences and bringing the conversation about mental illness and suicide into the … [Read more...]

Saying the Words

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If there's one thing I've learned on this journey toward better mental health, its that when I am feeling bad, depressed, lonely, sad, angry or whatever my mood, saying those words--out loud--can truly help take away some of their power over me. Whether that means talking to a friend on the phone, or in an email, or in a private Facebook group, or in a blog post, or even as a tweet, putting … [Read more...]

Stop Suicide Auction Preview

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You all have heard me shouting from the rafters that I'm doing The Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention in DC in June. (Don't forget, you can donate in the left sidebar any time! or HERE.)  I know its going to be an amazing, life-changing event for me personally and to raise funds and awareness about suicide prevention. So far, I've raised $2,339! Thank you thank you all! And now I'm … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Fear for #SuicidePrevention

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I'm scared. In a few months time I'll be doing something so huge. Something so big that I know will be one of the top challenges of my life...mentally, physically AND emotionally. I'm committed to doing the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but I've gotta tell ya, there's a huge part of me that is truly terrified...for many reasons. 1. I'm doing this … [Read more...]

Warning Signs of Suicide

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Each of us as individuals CAN help prevent suicide. I know it might seem like suicide would never affect you personally. Or that you'd never know if someone you love is struggling. But believe me, suicide could someday affect your life. What I want to stress to you today on World Suicide Prevention Day is that little ole YOU without a doubt CAN make a difference in the lives of your … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention Week 2012

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Today kicks off Suicide Prevention Week. Its time to bring mental health and suicide prevention awareness into the limelight. To openly talk about it. Bring it out of the shadows so that those who are suffering and struggling know that they ARE NOT alone. I've been there. I've been suicidal in the past. I know what it feels like to see no hope ahead. But I am here to tell you that there … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Facebook Chat Feature

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced a partnership with Facebook to offer crisis services via Chat. This is so fantastic, I want to make sure you bookmark the link for instructions, which can be found HERE. The service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links … [Read more...]

A Reason to Call #youareloved

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: On the Move

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Saturday is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. I think you all have probably heard that I started this blog after the suicide of a dear life-long friend of mine Dina. So this day is my day, but its also the day of so many of my friends and our high school community, who have also been living with her loss. Her parents, her brother, her son. She's not the first loved one I've lost to … [Read more...]