Tag Archives: suicide

A Poem About Finding a Reason to Hope

In ‘Don’t Kill Yourself Today,’ Poet Hanna Dains shares a beautiful argument for keeping going even when keeping going is the absolute most you can do. This is about giving yourself just one more day Even if it takes 10000 of those ‘one more mornings’ before you get to ‘I can’t wait for tomorrow’ This […]

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A Message of Hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Over 42,000 people in the US took their own lives in 2014, according to the CDC, and far more make attempts. It’s the leading cause of preventable deaths in those age 10-34. Media portrayals of suicide range from glamorizing it as noble and romantic to selfish and weak-willed. Rarely do I see media portrayals that […]

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Last Night’s MTV VMA’s Reminded Millions of Viewers About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you don’t pay attention to pop music, you might not be aware that #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 is 1-800-273-8255. Yes, that’s the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and it’s also the title of a single from Logic. It’s a straightforward song about suicidality, in which Logic, Alessia Cara and […]

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‘Inpatient’ Lets Players Try to Choose Their Own Psychiatric Care Experience

Choice is usually fundamental to interactive fiction, as it is with Alana Zablocki’s Inpatient — A Psychiatric Story. But in this game, your choices often aren’t what you want them to be, and the outcomes regularly feel out of your control. That’s by design, as Zablocki set out to create a game that reflects her […]

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That Time Deadpool Helped Someone Through Their Darkest Moment

As superheroes go, Deadpool is not the most inclined toward heroics. He’s a foul-mouthed mercenary who started his career as a ultra-violent villain. Since his shift to being a 4th-wall breaker, he still hasn’t been portrayed as a particularly good guy — even when he’s been shown to have a good heart somewhere under that […]

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On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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EVE Players Stage a Mental Health Vigil in Honor of Fallen Friends

EVE Online is a game known for combat, betrayal and strife, but every year on April 29, many of its players come together for a day to support each other and remember those they’ve lost. Hosted by the Brave Collective alliance, John Bellicose Day is a 24-hour vigil named in honor of a character played […]

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Breath of The Wild NPC is Ready to Talk Link Down in a Crisis

Brigo encounter via IGN Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous, sprawling game, but don’t let it’s size fool you — it’s filled with tiny, clever touches that are making players stop and take notice. Take Brigo, here. Brigo is an NPC guard that hangs around a bridge. His job, he’ll happily explain, is […]

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‘Rat Queens’ Creator Kurtis Wiebe Shares His Strategy for Coping With Depression

Kurtis Wiebe is well-known for creating some amazing comics, including gamer favorite Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and others. Two years ago, he opened up about his struggles with anorexia, and last week he shared a very personal story about his recent mental health struggles on his blog. Wiebe’s story is a familiar one for many […]

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5 Times Costume Retailers Tried to Make Mental Health Stigma Sexy

Last week, Walmart came under fire for one of its Halloween costume accessories: the Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound. An online petition brought the latex injury kit to the company’s attention. Walmart was quick to pull it, calling the accessory “appalling” distancing itself from the third-party seller responsible. The company noted that the costume “clearly […]

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