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Facebook Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Feature

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

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

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

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...]

The Life Saver

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

. 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...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Saying the Words

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, … [Read more...]

Stop Suicide Auction Preview

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 … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Fear for #SuicidePrevention

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 … [Read more...]

Warning Signs of Suicide

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 … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention Week 2012

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 … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Facebook Chat Feature

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 … [Read more...]

A Reason to Call #youareloved

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: On the Move

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 … [Read more...]

Big Changes & I’m on the Move

IT'S OFFICIAL... Today I have such great news. I am now an official contributor for Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Postpartum Progress is listed #8 on Babble’s list of the Top 50 Pregnancy Blogs, has been among Psych Central’s “Top 10 … [Read more...]

I Closed My Eyes & Stepped

Last week was very nerve-wracking for me. I have diagnosed anxiety. I have been known to have panic attacks. I also had so much I wanted to do. So much I wanted to be able to accomplish to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. Last week was also Ronin's first week back at gymnastics since summer break, and his anxiety (and perhaps … [Read more...]

Is Suicide Selfish?

. I wrote this post a few weeks ago on my way to BlogHer, and have been scared to post it. I don't want to turn anyone away because of my opinion about this. But I think it is an important perspective when thinking of mental illness and suicide prevention. After writing it I spoke to the adult daughter of a man who died by suicide. We spoke … [Read more...]

I’m an upstairs person in a downstairs world

Back in the day, oh about 7 or so years ago, I worked for a PR agency in Los Angeles. Hilton was one of our big clients and they did some research about "upstairs" vs "downstairs" travelers. In other words, when you travel do you feel most comfortable with dinner alone in your room, or are you the type to go downstairs to the hotel bar, grab … [Read more...]

Should I take the baby to #BlogHer11 ?!?

I'll be geeking out at BlogHer '11 this August. Yay! For those of you who aren't familiar -- which was ME, oh about 6 months ago newbie that I am -- BlogHer is the biggest and best blogging conference around. In fact, about 3,000 bloggers will be descending upon San Diego to take part in 3 days of educational sessions, a trade show, networking … [Read more...]

Fight It

Got back from our cruise last week, and I was over at Tot Spot Cafe hanging with the kids and some friends. I was talking to Kat, the cafe owner, about some of our plans for the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk later this year. And she asked if I'd heard the news. A senior at the local Woodinville High School died by suicide while we … [Read more...]