I recently came across this story of one of our veterans - Chris Ellis. During his time in the Army, Ellis lost many friends in battle and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he returned home. He reported that his dog, which he got through a nonprofit called Stop Soldier Suicide, was the reason why he was able to overcome depression and suicidal thoughts.
Suicide has been in the news lately. We have lost two famous people to suicide this week- Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Earlier in the year, we also lost Avicii. And there are many others who were not famous who also committed suicide.
It just doesn’t make sense. Highly successful, married, a mother to a beautiful 13-year-old girl, found dead in her Park Avenue apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side, where she reportedly hanged herself with a scarf. A note was found at the scene, but details of this note have not been shared.
Have you noticed that among the first two or three questions someone asks when they meet you is what you do?
It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is no better time than now to focus on the mental health needs of our children.
You probably go to your doctor, or maybe even Google, for health-related questions and concerns. But did you know that your local church may be a great vehicle for delivering health information and benefits to the communities they serve? For people who regularly attend church, it is a natural point of reference, a place of trust, comfort and consistency.
Martin Luther King is known for his tireless fight for civil rights. But what you may not know is that he suffered throughout much of his life from something many Americans currently have -- depression. In fact, it has been reported he had severe depression.
The country was shocked, saddened and angered over the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at a music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and close to 500 wounded. Our hearts still ache for the families and communities impacted by this tragedy.
There is overwhelming evidence that the body and the mind are intertwined. And there are many healthcare professionals who conclude that an unhealthy body may reflect an unhealthy or undisciplined mind. So it’s safe to conclude that a healthy body increases your chance of having a healthy mind.
You likely have heard the saying: “Prevention is better than cure.” And in regards to a recent study about treating depression, we couldn’t agree more.
The month of September is usually recognized as a time to shine a light on suicide and figure out ways we can be proactive about it. That is why September is referred to as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
I recently came across this story about one of my peers, a lawyer, who prefers to remain anonymous and goes by the name of “Julie.” Julie suffers from chronic depression but did not want to get therapy out of fear of having to disclose medical records. And according to the story, “Julie's worries were warranted: All 50 states' bar associations ask about applicants' mental health histories, and there are several cases of people being denied admission to practice law on the basis of mental health problems—even if they've been successfully treated.”
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