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From the Publisher: A Personal Journey From a Survivor of Suicide From the Depths of Despair to a Mission of Advocacy

I was drifting in and out of consciousness in the emergency room. “You have to drink this,” someone was saying as they held a tall plastic cup to my lips, filled with a tasteless ink-black liquid. I later learned that the charcoal drink was given to me to absorb the toxic soup that was in my...

Dr. Richard Juman Interviews Dr. John Draper on Suicidality

In support of Suicide Prevention Month, Dr. Richard Juman, TeamHealth National Director of Psychological Services, recently interviewed Dr. John Draper, the Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Listen as Dr. Juman and Dr. Draper discuss the challenging time we are all facing and...

In the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Suicide Crisis in America

The pandemic, overdue confrontations of racism, and fears about the outcome of the 2020 election have diminished America’s alarm about rising drug overdose and suicide rates. But these epidemics continue, albeit in the shadow of COVID-19. This fall 2020 issue of Behavioral Health News is...

Circle of Grief: Inspired Survivor Speaks Openly About Suicide

I walked into the “survivors of suicide” group physically aching and emotionally doubled over in pain. The group – people who’d had a loved one die by suicide – sat in a circle of folding chairs in a pleasant if nondescript meeting room. This was my first visit, a trial effort at relief...

Suicide Prevention in New York State: We Can Make a Difference But We Need All Hands on Deck!

Suicide is a public health crisis that demands our collective attention. Over the past two decades, while we have seen major forms of mortality like heart disease, stroke, and cancer decline, suicide rates have steadily increased both in the United States and New York State (NYS). Since 2000 the...

Suicide Prevention in New York State Schools: Hope and Resilience Among Urban, Suburban, and Rural Districts

New York is a geographically, politically, and culturally diverse state, with nearly 700 school districts serving more than 2.7 million students. Large or small, urban or rural, wealthy or poor, suicide and serious suicidal behavior is a growing concern. Although New York has one of the lowest...

Challenges and Solutions: Mental Health Responses During COVID-19

During the most challenging times, even in the face of an unprecedented crisis — The Institute for Community Living (ICL) seeks to implement strengths-based approaches to helping people cope and eventually to thrive once again. This holds true whether a person is living with a childhood trauma,...

The NYSPA Report: Veteran Suicide – The Challenging Epidemic

While COVID-19 information dominates the news cycles, another epidemic lurks in the shadows - suicide. Death by suicide is a shocking and disturbing event, increasing in number despite nationwide efforts and attention. While humans are the only species known to take their own life, there is growing...

Using Local Data to Reduce Suicide Death

Suicide is often considered to be the most preventable cause of death. Yet, recent years have seen steadily rising numbers of loss to suicide in the United States. This rise has occurred despite the cultural shift that has allowed the fact of suicide to come “out of the closet;” despite the...

The Importance of Building Community and Family Support with Latina Teens at Risk of Suicide

Comunilife believes that health disparities affecting the Latinx and other communities of color can be mitigated through an increase of community defined services. Comunilife’s Life is Precious™ (LIP) program is the only program specifically designed to serve Latinx adolescents who have...

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