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The organization Rethink Mental Illness has released this preview of an upcoming documentary that looks at the story of Johnny Benjamin, who set out to find the man who saved his life. Years earlier, after Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, he became so distraught, that he went to the Waterloo Bridge in London to take his own life. That day, a stranger named Mike intervened. After a massive online search, Benjamin was finally able to find Mike—and their reunion is truly something special ... Discuss

 

As if you needed an excuse to go visit cool new places, according to a new study, traveling keeps you young, healthy and happy. The research from The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies and the U.S. Travel Association, found that people who travel regularly are at lower risk of developing heart disease and depression. Traveling has such positive effects on brain health, that it offers similar cognitive benefits as doing mental exercises like crossword puzzles or going to museums. And, it’s a medicine that works pretty much immediately—89% of those in the study reported a significant drop in stress level after just a few days of travel. So what are you waiting for? That trip to Europe you’ve always wanted to take may actually help you live longer ... Discuss

 

While browsing Barnes and Noble, a shopper (who later posted the finding on Reddit) starting thumbing through a book called, On Depression: Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World. Hidden within the pages of the book were two hand-written notes, apparently left by another customer or employee, that contained a simple but moving message for someone suffering from depression. In addition to wishing the reader a “nice day,” a note card secretly placed inside the book simply read, “You are loved!” … Discuss

 

When 18-year-old Jackie Rosas saw a post on Tumblr from a 16 year-old bullying victim (who also frequently blogged about struggling with depression) threatening to commit suicide, she knew she had to do something. The only problem was, she only knew the girl’s first name. Rosas contacted local authorities, and together they looked for clues on the blog to try to find out where she lived, her last name or details that could help locate her.

After eventually finding a picture and piecing together clues about the girl’s school, they contacted authorities thousands of miles away to try to find the teen. When police arrived at the address they eventually identified, they found a 16-year-old girl who had ingested pills in a possible suicide attempt, and were able to immediately get her treatment. Rosas told USA Today, “It happened at random, and it's an amazing feeling knowing you are able to help someone from thousands of miles away" … Discuss