Thoughts on Chris Cornell’s Suicide

by Alyssa Ward, Therapist

I’ve been thinking about Chris Cornell’s suicide a lot. I had a conversation with one of my best friends about this yesterday and I felt the urge to share. Let me say first, I don’t know if Cornell was depressed–we don’t know what was going

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The hall of fame comment from Matt’s naked soul

This post is for you Matt.

Those with ‘lived experience’ are those who suffer suicidal thoughts and may or may not have had a suicide attempt. We need to listen to them. We need to honor their struggle. We need to be there for them.

A little background first

So I have been in marketing and advertising since

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Neico Hayden’s amazing story of surviving a suicide attempt #Neicostrong

From Anne Moss: If someone tells you something about suicide, please take it seriously. Do not keep it “secret.” This is not to shed blame. We all overlook signs of suicide. What I’m asking you to do is to pay attention and be there. Make the call and warn

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Suffering from suicidal thoughts since age 12

Note from Anne Moss: I am continuing in a series of posts from my most engaged readers. Like many who suffer, a strong faith can help.  As an advocate, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that a good support system, whether that includes faith, friendship, family, therapy, or even medication

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Joshua Giannini leaves video suicide letters of love

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Note from Anne Moss: I sent an email to my most engaged readers and asked if they wanted to share their story. Diane responded right away and has shared with all of us the final videos from her son. They are a gift. And they are heartbreaking.  Thank you Diane.

We are doing so little in

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Adderall abuse normalized among high achievers

Using stimulants or amphetamines like Adderall or Ritalin, has become commonplace for students that take these in their drive to succeed in high schools and colleges across the US. These stimulants are commonly abused by high school and college students that do not suffer from ADD or ADHD.

From

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Two teens will tell their story of depression on Channel 12

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Drew Wilder of Channel 12 asked me if I knew of two teens willing to talk on camera about depression and suicide a couple of months ago. I mentioned the request to these two at the “No Eagle Left Behind” assembly at Godwin High School in March, a club they are part of.

Both of

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The left turn

I’m sitting in traffic on June 4, 2015. It’s about 4:45pm or so.

I am on my way to a running event with my team, a digital marketing company for which I co-owned at the time. All my employees will be there. I have to show up. The weather is ugly and rainy.

I am wearing my company

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Blue Whale is a deadly social media game #bluewhale

I heard about this game a week ago from Jule, a 16-year-old girl from Germany who has written for this site. Jule who tells me about current trends warned me about this dangerous game that started in Russia and is spreading across Europe and now into Kenya and the US.

I might have dismissed

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