This week we're treated to an in-studio performance by Ellie Holcomb. Plus, we talk to Jamie Tworkowski of To Write Love on Her Arms, get a recap of Jesse's wedding reception emcee gig, catch you up on the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ... Read More
A new heartbreaking report from the journal JAMA Pediatrics has found that teens who are the victims of bullying are 2.5 times more likely to attempt suicide. Cyberbulling was particularly destructive, with young victims having suicidal thoughts at three times the rate of average teens. For their investigation, the researchers examined reports of teen suicide around the world, dating all the way back to 1901, and found a strong correlation between bullying and young people that actually killed themselves. Noting that somewhere between 5% and 8% of teens will attempt suicide every year, leading researcher Mitch van Geel told The Los Angeles Times, “Suicide is one of the most important reasons for adolescent mortality worldwide. Schools should take every effort to reduce and prevent bullying” ... Discuss
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
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