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Celebrate Pride Month and Support The Benny Fund

Historically, LGBTQ teenagers have been 2-3x more likely to attempt suicide than other teens. This pride month, and everyday, let’s practice acceptance, inclusion, and compassion. If you are in crisis, text 741741 to speak with a counselor. If you would[…]

What Happens If You Try To Prevent Every Single Suicide?

“Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast cancer.  As Dr.Thomas Insel, longtime head of the National Institute of Mental Health, prepared to step down from[…]

$30 Million Program to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Get Mental Health Care

“New York is set to begin a $30 million program aimed at providing mental health services to low-income residents with little or no access to care.  The program, Connections to Care, will tap existing community organizations that reach low-income residents[…]

Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

“America’s culture of hyperachievement among the affluent has been under scrutiny for at least the last decade, but recent suicide clusters, including the deaths of three high school students and one recent graduate in Palo Alto, Calif., have renewed the[…]

Mom Opens Up About Daughter’s Suicide: ‘I Didn’t Know My Child’

‘The numbers are tragically high: every year, approximately 2 million U.S. adolescents attempt to end their own lives. An estimated 2,000 succeed, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness…Yet suicide experts say it’s not uncommon for parents to be[…]

by Elizabeth Swados

New HBO Doc MY DEPRESSION Wants Us to Open Up

“Depression. Anxiety. Emotions!!! We’ve been talking about all of them on Smart Girls a lot lately because frankly, we think it’s time to put an end to the stigma around mental health. Another Smart Girl who is looking to end[…]

Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College

“With high-school seniors deciding where they’ll be attending college in the fall, now is the time, psychologists and psychiatrists say, for teens and their parents to focus on how to maintain good mental health away from home. This is particularly[…]