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Suicide Prevention – 10 Questions and Answers

…make time now to overcome the stigma of talking about mental health, so we can help each other face and seek treatment for mental health concerns and distress. This will prevent a great deal of suffering and save more lives. Take a few minutes now, to consider these 10 brief but important questions and answers about suicide prevention. How do you know someone might be suicidal? You may hear them say statements like: “I wish I was never born.” “You

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A Whole-Person Approach to Make Peace with Food and Your Body

…s of your health. If you are ready to stop living on auto-pilot and change how you eat and how you treat your body, then this is the webinar for you. Using research from psychological science and integrative medicine, you will learn skills to pay attention and respond mindfully to your body. Mindfulness is associated with improvements in physical and mental health; it can bring about lower levels of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress-relate…

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What is Killing Our Soldiers?

…a huge leap.” The new task force will recommend other ways the government can help those suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Of equal importance was the statement that Obama directed to the soldiers: “I know that you join me in saying to everyone who’s ever worn the uniform, if you’re hurting, it’s not a sign of weakness to seek help. It’s a sign of strength.” As he spoke to remove the stigma against admittin…

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Lindsay Lohan & The Media’s Take on Suicide

…lation to reporting suicide. For example, they can inform the public about the warning signs of suicide. According to Dr. Lisa Firestone, the following self-destructive behaviors are prominent suicide warning signs: Disrupted Sleep: People who commit suicide often go days or weeks without sleeping. Isolation: A suicidal person pulls away from others, especially close friends and family. They spend more time alone and act as if they do not want to…

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Saving Lives From Suicide

…ll of this vicious anti-self. His story has since become living proof that the suicidal state is transient and temporary, and the will to live can persevere. He has gone on to become an international speaker, author and powerful advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. Kevin’s experience further exemplifies the necessity of restricting means for suicide. A 1978 study by Dr. Richard Seiden from the University of California, Berkeley showe…

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Addressing Suicide Risk in Trying Times

…worry that these effects could be life-threatening. In the United States, the suicide rate increased by 30 percent from 2000 to 2016. It’s hard to pinpoint a single explanation for this increase. However, there are certain societal stresses that we’ve learned can have an effect. For example, studies have connected financial worries to a rising suicide rate among baby boomers. A 2010 meta-analysis showed a link between debt and suicide, while othe

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Emotional Contagion and the COVID-19

the sand…”I stressed out, and that solved the problem!”…said no one ever. You can exercise emotional intelligence at this time by: Recognizing your risks: Are you immunocompromised? Have you been around people who are symptomatic? If you can answer, “No” to both of those questions, why not shift the energy to doing your normal due diligence (ex. washing your hands, cleaning your phone, traveling smart) consistently. Relinquishing control: Part of…

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Helper Tasks – How You Can Help Someone Who’s Suicidal

Here are some ways you can help a person at risk for suicide: Engage – Engage the person at risk in a personable way, use eye contact, give your full attention, don’t let yourself get distracted. Explore – Explore their situation from his or her point of view by encouraging the open expression of their personal concerns. Show that you want to understand their feelings. Identify – Identify whether or not the person is currently thinking about suic…

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The Inner Voice in Self-Destructive Behavior and Suicide

…comes in the form of a voice…This voice grows in volume with the stress of the suicidal ordeal. It demands increasingly to be heard above everything else, and it begins to occupy a greater part of the person’s psyche until it smothers more reasonable voices altogether” (p. 74). The Continuum of Self-Destructive Thoughts and Behaviors The voice process exists along a continuum of intensity, ranging from mild self-criticism to extremely angry, self-…

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Military Suicide: A New Battle to Save Lives Must Begin by Dr. Lisa Firestone

…terms of suicide risk. Walter Reed Army Medical Center is currently using the Firestone Assessment of Suicidal Intent (FASI), a scale I developed with Dr. Robert Firestone and Joyce Catlett of The Glendon Association to test individuals’ suicide risk. Screening is important, as soldiers who are in trouble may be hesitant to ask for help from fellow soldiers or military superiors. As Dr. David Rudd wrote on March 3rd for USA Today, “The military i…

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