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National Suicide Prevention Week, May 17-23, 2015

May 17, 2015 by

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On Sunday begins the 41st Annual National Suicide Prevention Week. The American Association of Suicidology is behind the week, and I just love their mission statement, with absolutely no messing around: “The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.”  There you have it. They have entitled the mission of this […]

Teen-agers or Old-agers? Who’s More Likely to Suicide? International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 22, 2014 by

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It’s an unpleasant question, and it doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation, but if you were to ask who was the group in the U.S. most likely to suicide, you’d get a variety of answers. Had you asked my brother two weeks after the birth of his first child, he would have told you […]

Stopping Suicide

April 28, 2014 by

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I know exactly what you’re thinking. I do. You’re saying to yourself, “Hey. It must have been at least 25 whole minutes since that blog has run an infographic one of their readers sent in. You think maybe Rhona’s actually going to write something again?” Well, go on and think until the cows come home. […]

Trends in Mental Disability Infographic

December 1, 2013 by

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I know, I know. I’ve really hit you over the head with some of these stats, you could recite ’em in your sleep. Right, 1 in between 4 and 5 (it’s about 26.2%) Americans suffer from a mental illness in any given year, one in 17 will have the big SMI, serious mental illness, which […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part III: And the Soldiers??

June 20, 2012 by

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“I Will Survive!”: But Can You Teach That To The Armed Forces? And, really–can you? That’s the question on everybody’s mind? For we began discussion with the devastating suicide statistics in the military, which contrasted so starkly with those of black women. And then we analyzed what made these women so resilient, frequently despite markedly […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part II: What Protects Black Women?

June 19, 2012 by

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We left off yesterday with a run-down of the devastating statistics of suicide in the military (one a day, so far, for 2012), and the VA’s knowledge that it has to act–and fast. And in what sounds like a decision made in theatre,  in their search for answers, the VA turned to black women, the […]

Why The Armed Forces Are Looking to Black Women For Answers: Suicide in the Military, Part I

June 18, 2012 by

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“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” ~ Arnold J. Toynbee Suicide is the ultimate expression of abandonment of hope, of an inability to see a better future, of the experience of agony too great to suffer a moment more. It is a death that comes when  the spirit has gone before it. And I’d […]