Are you or someone you know:
* Under a lot of stress?
* Being bullied?
* Grappling with your sexual/gender identity?
* Feeling anxious/depressed?
* Struggling academically?
* Thinking about suicide?
The number of teens who take their lives continues to grow. What can you do to help break the cycle of teen suicide? Plenty. Recognize the warning signs. Don't wait until you or a friend is in crisis. Get ahead of the curve. Set up a network of peers and trusted adults that can listen and, if needed, connect to medical health professionals.
Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide explores stories, strategies, and solutions. Suicide IS preventable.
My search for answers about why my brother and other young adults and teens take their own lives continues. This time around, I investigate new issues like bullying, social media, LGBTQ teens, and successful suicide prevention programs. While we can never say for certain why someone opts to die, we can help break the cycle of teen suicide. There is plenty we can do.
I have belonged to a book club for several years. Believe me, it's sometimes a challenge to sit still on a warm summer day and read when there is a garden to tend, a picnic to arrange, a walk to take. But winter? Now, that's another story. Cold and dreary days (and nights) lend themselves to wrapping up in a cocoon of blankets or comforters or cushy bathrobes, hunkering down and reading a good book--not the sappy beach book but something more meaty, more thought-provoking. Now I know a lot of folks love to read with a Kindle or other reader. Not me! I like holding a book in my hands--not some hard-edged device. I like to write notes in the margins (of course, not a library book on loan), flip down the corners of important pages, even create an outline or genealogical chart on the back side of the title page. Now don't get me wrong: in a pinch (when I'm traveling, for example), I download a book and read on my Kindle. But it's not the same. Nothing beats curling up with a "real" "live" book whose pages spin wondrous tales and whose smells hold memories from long ago.