Why Churches Need to Talk About Suicide

TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski on the importance of being open about our pain. Read More

12 Stats You Need to Know on Suicide Prevention Day

We need to recognize how far reaching these issues really are. Read More

A concerning new study published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has found that in the last 20 years, the suicide rate among young black children—ages 5-11—has almost doubled. At the same time, the number of suicides among young white children has dropped. Though incidents of suicide among children at such a young age are extremely uncommon, the numbers surprised and alarmed researchers, as noted in a report in The New York Times. Though the cause for the shift was unclear, according to The Times, research “offered a few possible explanations for the difference, including that black children are more likely to be exposed to violence and traumatic stress, and that black children are more likely to experience an early onset of puberty, which can increase the risk of depression and impulsive aggression” ... Discuss

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

My Friend is Depressed. What Should I Do?

How to help when you just don't know what to say. 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