For years I have been writing about what we can learn from the suicide survivor about the advisability of suicide. All of the my clients who survived suicide attempts have said the same thing–they are so glad that they did not succeed.read more
A new article in the New York Times reports that Philosophy, the beauty brand owned by Coty, has become the first company to raise funds to treat mental illness. Though nearly 40,000 Americans commit suicide annually, about the same number that die from breast cancer, corporate support for mental illness, the cause of most suicides, is decidedly scant. READ MOREread more
This week, USA Today continued it’s remarkable series on mental health crisis with the article, 40,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Still Shrugs. I highly advise that you read it! The article points out that although suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause of death in young people ages 15-34, funding for suicide research and prevention is pitifully low. Read more.read more
For years I have said that key to recovering from depression is to never give up–to pick yourself up each time you fall. This truth was recently demonstrated and witnessed by millions of people when the American ice skater Jeremy Abbot had a severe crash within the first minutes of his Olympic short program ice skating routine. For a moment he lay on ice, writhing in pain. It was unclear if he would get up. But buoyed by the cheers of the crowd, Abbot not only continued his program, but landed the next two jumps flawlessly.
For years, I have been saying that one of the three keys to healing from depression is to have social support. We need cannot heal from something as overpowering as depression or anxiety in isolation.
The healing power of social support does not only apply to recovering from depression. Human beings are social animals, and we need each other to accomplish anything worthwhile. The truth of this principle recently played out in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Read Moreread more
One of the simplest and most natural things that you can do to feel better–physically and emotionally–is to get a good night’s sleep. In this YouTube video, I discuss the importance of sleep in maintaining mental health and well as share a variety of solutions for keeping healthy sleep habits. Read Moreread more