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A Tragic Loss Can Result in Unexpected Gifts by Madeline Sharples

...and decided to fulfill her dreams of being a professional writer later in her life. Madeline is the author of Leaving the Hall Light On, a memoir about how she and her family survived her older son’s suicide, which resulted from his long struggle with bipolar disorder. She and her husband of 40 years live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Click Here to read more about Madeline Sharples “Leaving the Hall Light On”...

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Does the Stigma of Mental Illness Still Exist? By Madeline Sharples

Madeline Sharples, Leaving the Hall Light On

...and decided to fulfill her dreams of being a professional writer later in her life. Madeline is the author of Leaving the Hall Light On, a memoir about how she and her family survived her older son’s suicide, which resulted from his long struggle with bipolar disorder. She and her husband of 40 years live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Click Here to read more about Madeline Sharples “Leaving the Hall Light On”...

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Madeline Sharples

Madeline Sharples, Leaving the Hall Light On

...the Hall Light On, a memoir about how she and her family survived her older son’s suicide, which resulted from his long struggle with bipolar disorder. She and her husband of 40 years live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Blogs from Madeline Sharples:   It’s Not Easy Being Objective About Suicide PAFOS pays tribute to those we have lost to suicide with dignity and respect, humanizing the daunting statistics across the world and lovingly...

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I Never Gave Up on My Dream

...well on my way to completing my first novel. Instead of worrying about my lack of creative abilities, I took the power within me to accomplish my dream. My son’s death gave me that strength and power. Read more from Madeline Sharples Madeline Sharples has worked most of her life as a technical writer and editor, grant writer, and proposal manager. She fell in love with poetry and creative writing in grade school and decided to fulfill her dreams...

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Comforting Those Who Grieve

...and decided to fulfill her dreams of being a professional writer later in her life. Madeline is the author of Leaving the Hall Light On, a memoir about how she and her family survived her older son’s suicide, which resulted from his long struggle with bipolar disorder. She and her husband of 40 years live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Click Here to read more about Madeline Sharples “Leaving the Hall Light On”...

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No, I Didn’t Fall Apart When I Quit My Day Job

...uite enough of that. Now, I’m working on my first novel, I write articles for a few websites, I blog, and I keep on writing poems. And I still try my best to leave my bad memories home when we travel. Read more from Madeline Sharples Madeline Sharples has worked most of her life as a technical writer and editor, grant writer, and proposal manager. She fell in love with poetry and creative writing in grade school and decided to fulfill her dreams...

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Paying Attention and Living Without Regret

...age of life I’m in now – they’ll be gone. Regret has taught me we don’t have a lot of chances to treat the people we love with care and respect and gentleness. So we better take the chances we have right now.   Madeline Sharples has worked most of her life as a technical writer and editor, grant writer, and proposal manager. She fell in love with poetry and creative writing in grade school and decided to fulfill her dreams of being a...

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The Link Between LGBT Youth, Bullying, and Suicide

LGBT Youth, School Bullies, Youth Violence, homosexuality

...n being seen as different and as challenging a societal norm, they are often ostracized and discriminated against. Therefore, in our investigation into the higher rate of suicide among LGBT adolescents, we should not look to them for the cause, but to ourselves and our stigmatization of them because we perceive them as “different from us.” By: Madeline Romero...

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