Social media and suicide

by Jody Betty

We are consumed with technology. It surrounds us at every corner. We not only cannot tear ourselves away from our cell phones, but simply being away from them causes us stress. After all, most of our lives are stored on that tiny device, from our banking information to the ability to lock your car or front door.

We avoid talking on the phone like it is the plague, I mean after all, why speak when you can communicate via text, so much easier right?

Social media is much the same, once we jump in, it tends to … Read more...

Facebook Depression

by Jon Farrow

I recently saw the story of Alexandra Valoras while watching the CBS Evening News. It is an incredibly tragic story. Alexandra’s story highlights that there can be overwhelming pain behind a smile. One part of the story caught my eye. CBS News referenced suicide statistics from the CDC when detailing Alexandra’s story.

The report released by the CDC showed that the suicide rate for males aged 15–19 increased 31% to 14.2 per 100,000 population by 2015. The rates for females doubled from 2007 to 2015 (from 2.4 to 5.1). The rate in 2015 was the highest for … Read more...