Suicide Prevention

Raising Awareness for Veteran Suicide Prevention

On September 25th, 2018, our chapter of Active Minds at Eastern Michigan University located in Ypsilanti, Michigan hosted a lobby tabling event in our student center. The purpose of the event was to honor the 18-22 veterans who die by suicide every day and to spread awareness for veterans suicide. After learning this statistic, our…

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#HereForYou

When you’re struggling with your mental health, it can be incredibly difficult to reach out. We may fear being met with stigma and misunderstanding, or we may fear no one will be there at all. It’s important to let people know “I’m here for you,” because even if they aren’t ready to talk at that…

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Reasons To Keep Living

I sit here on this Sunday evening, as National Suicide Prevention Week begins. I think about returning to the road in a few days on my second Send Silence Packing tour. I reflect on the personal stories on the backpacks, the 350 faces that I carry with me, every second of every day. Faces that…

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A Father’s Letter

When you’re a parent, September always feels like the start of something new. That’s why this time of year is so hard for my wife Selme and me. Our daughter Kaleigh died three years ago. She would have just graduated from USC and be embarking on a new stage of life and a career. Kaleigh…

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3 Common Misbeliefs About Suicide

Changing the conversation about mental health is hard! Your plans to hold a suicide prevention or mental health event on campus or at a workplace, for example, may be disturbing to some people or make them uncomfortable. No doubt about it, talking about mental illness and suicide can be difficult, but it’s also necessary to…

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What REALLY Happens When You Reach Out to Crisis Lines?

As someone interested in mental health, you may know the numbers to the Crisis Text Line (text BRAVE to 741741) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) by heart. What you may not know is what happens — and what doesn’t happen — once you pick up your phone to reach out in a crisis….

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Learning What Can Help

In November 2013, I knew little about mental health aside from the fact that my dad was battling depression. I avoided the topic of suicide on that autumn night when my dad mentioned it because I did not know how to respond. Sensing that it made me uncomfortable, my dad made that the first and…

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