Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

Suicide prevention walk opening ceremonies

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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

The Life Saver


. 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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Fear for #SuicidePrevention

The Overnight

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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]