In less than 5 minutes

Losing my son to suicide By TIM ROWDENThe Grief Project I attended my first Out of the Darkness Walk hosted by the Missouri Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Sept. 26, 2021, two weeks after losing my son, Ian, to suicide. Still in shock and consumed by grief, I was notContinue reading “In less than 5 minutes”

‘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’”

Without Warning: Abbie’s Story

I have a friend here in town who I think said it perfect. She came over to my house right after Abbie died. And she said to me that day, “I didn’t bring any food to eat. I have absolutely no idea what to say, but I’m here if you need me.” And I thought, that’s perfect. And she’s still beside me all the time. She didn’t know what to say, and I wouldn’t have known what to say..

You don’t have to say anything, just be there. I think that’s what sometimes is the hardest, it’s the people that almost act like it never occurred.

‘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”

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”

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”

Can smartphones and Fitbits predict who is suicidal?

A research project in Harvard’s psychology department is attempting to use to use advances in artificial intelligence to do something that has eluded psychiatrists for centuries: predict who is likely to attempt suicide and when that person is likely to attempt it, and then, intervene. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and admittedlyContinue reading “Can smartphones and Fitbits predict who is suicidal?”

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?”