gun control
When we're talking about gun safety, we have to talk about suicide.
A nice cheerful post for a Thursday morning!

Nov 15, 2012 at 11:00am | 330 comments

It gets better. Ask Jane, Emily, Corynne, s.e., Olivia, Daisy, Julieanne, Marianne, Kathleen, Somer or so many of the other people out there on the Internet who may not know you -- but who (like me, and everyone who works at xoJane) love you. A lot.

Sep 13, 2012 at 9:00am | 246 comments

mental illness
I said yes, I can let you go. But I asked her for three conditions.
I found myself in the embrace of a near-stranger who was overwhelmed with joy just because inconsequential, strange, and silly little me had lived to see another day. I surrendered to her startling affection and took part in the impromptu celebration of my own beating heart.
He left the bedroom calmer than I'd seen him all night, walked into the backyard and ended his life.
We need to be talking about the uses and abuses of pain management medication, but in a context that admits that chronic pain is a serious medical issue, and that our current pain management methods are woefully inadequate.
mental illness
In the wake of Elliot Rodger, legislation is being proposed in California that would make it easier to prevent mentally ill individuals from buying guns. I think this is probably a good idea.
There are a few topics that, as a general rule, I just refuse to discuss on the Internet. Assisted suicide/right-to-die is usually one of them.
I didn’t know what had happened to me. I didn’t know what I was. I couldn’t control my emotions, or my brain. I was petrified.
NFL linebacker Junior Seau's suicide made me realize just how much I think about death, but also how unprepared I am in the instance it actually happens.
Friends and fans of Lee Thompson Young and Gia Allemand are reeling from the shock of their suicides, asking, "Why?" But we have an inkling of why: because mental illness is indiscriminate, and it's not being treated effectively.
As if the headline didn’t say it all: TRIGGER ALERT! TRIGGER ALERT!

Mar 14, 2013 at 3:00pm | 116 comments

Today, or sometime around today, is an anniversary that I felt in my body before the why came to mind. Around this time, in 2010, a good friend of mine took her own life. She was 27 years old.
mental health
(Trigger warning for suicide and depression talk, y'all.) When I was 9 years old, I had this plan.
My race of women are supposed to be strong. But the truth of the matter is that black folks battle with suicide just as much as the next person. We just don’t talk about it much.
Movies show suicide as a romantic drift into nothingness. None of that is real.
mental health
When we don’t pause to consider how traumatic experiences like suicide might trigger people on our timeline, we’re not only reactive we’re reckless.
In the wake of any suicide, but especially a very public and prominent one, there is a rush to attribute reasons, and there is a collective sense of panicked guilt as people struggle to understand what happened and why.
In the midst of my festival of tears, I found myself sincerely thinking, "I can't kill myself. I haven't finished my taxes yet." And then I started to laugh.
multiple sclerosis
Julian mentioned experiencing suicidal ideation in previous years, but had assured me that this was a thing of the past.
While normal families call each other because they love one another, my phone calls are to ensure my brother is still alive, to make sure he hasn't taken the pills or put the gun in his mouth.