‘I made a decision to live’

The journey through grief As told by Jennifer Walhout We belong to a club we didn’t sign up for. We just passed the seven year anniversary of losing our son Matthew and I can’t tell the difference between year one and year seven. I wish it got better. It gets different, but I don’t thinkContinue reading “‘I made a decision to live’”

‘My Girl’ – Jennifer’s Story

Rachel’s story, as told by her mother Jennifer Loughran I stayed at daughter’s house for a month after her death. I had two children, my son Jesse was born in 1988, and my daughter Rachel born in 1991. Initially I was a stay at home mom but not for very long because my ex-husband isContinue reading “‘My Girl’ – Jennifer’s Story”

SAMSHA unveils improved FindTreatment.gov 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) is rolling out a newly improved FindTreatment.gov, built to be the most comprehensive resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders, FindTreatment.gov offers you the ability to: • Search for treatment from multiple sources such as certified substance use and mental health treatment facilities, opioid treatment programs,Continue reading “SAMSHA unveils improved FindTreatment.gov “

HHS awards more than $130 million in 988 Lifeline Grants

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will award more than $130 million in 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline grants – part of the $800 million provided to SAMHSA under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to address the nation’s ongoing mentalContinue reading “HHS awards more than $130 million in 988 Lifeline Grants”

Men’s suicide rate is 3 to 4 times as high as women. This new approach may help

Men overall have a suicide rate three and four times as high as women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One reason is that men tend to choose more lethal means— most often firearms. Men are also less likely than women to seek mental-health help. And men’s anxiety and depression often come across asContinue reading “Men’s suicide rate is 3 to 4 times as high as women. This new approach may help”

Witness to suicide

Witnessing a suicide or finding someone after they have died, whether you know the person or not, can be very traumatic. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire Chapter’s Connect program notes you may have intense feelings and reactions – normal responses to an abnormal event. NAMI notes: “People who have lost aContinue reading “Witness to suicide”

Surviving suicide loss – what to expect

Suicide ripples out through families,  social circles and communities. Whether you have lost a loved one, witnessed or found them after, or witnessed the death of another, the trauma of your loss and experience will affect you in different ways. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): “Everyone experiences a suicide loss inContinue reading “Surviving suicide loss – what to expect”

What research tells us about suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a wellspring of information about suicide and resources for prevention. Understanding suicide and its root causes are key to prevention efforts. Here are 10 things learned from research into suicide as compiled by AFSP: 10 THINGS LEARNED FROM RESEARCH You might be interested in other articles in NewsContinue reading “What research tells us about suicide”

Public perceptions about suicide and mental health are changing

A new national public perception survey reveals the majority of adults in the U.S. (94%) see suicide as a preventable public health issue, and 83% say they would be interested in learning how they might be able to play a role in helping someone who may be suicidal. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, theContinue reading “Public perceptions about suicide and mental health are changing”

Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide?

Most antidepressants are generally safe. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all antidepressants carry black box warnings about the potential risk of increased suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and young adults under the age of 25. According to the Mayo Clinic: “Although antidepressants are more likely to reduce suicide risk inContinue reading “Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide?”