Insight Blog

Is there a correlation between substance abuse and suicide?

November 8, 2017

As of October 26, 2107, the opioid addiction crisis is officially a nationwide public health emergency. This epidemic is one that touches too many households, and it’s time to have more serious conversations about its impact. When you love someone with an addiction, you’re in constant fear for their safety. Every time the phone rings, you […] Read more »


Gun safety devices prevent youth suicides & other tragedies

October 26, 2017

Youth firearm deaths have been headlined with heartbreaking frequency in recent weeks. Last weekend Marysville-Pilchuck High School students marked the anniversary of the death of five classmates including the shooter, even as residents of Roseburg, Oregon, continued to grieve for the college students gunned down by a shooter who then took his own life. Events […] Read more »


Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’: Finally, a song that’s about prevention

October 4, 2017

Regarding the topic of suicide and how it is displayed in the media, 2017 has been a different kind of year. I say different because suicide has not been publicized in mainstream media—as in television shows and music—like it has in 2017. I also say different because there have been two major cases that have […] Read more »


Human connectedness as suicide prevention in Cuba

September 6, 2017

“Let’s go see the sunrise! Let’s go see the sunrise!” yelled 10-year-old Caleb. We were in the rural town of Viñales in western Cuba. It was pitch-dark at 6:30 am and Caleb, Caleb’s cousin Jose, our host Juan, my wife Hyejung and I were headed to the hills to see the sunrise. After walking through […] Read more »


Following 13 Reasons Why debut, a double-edged sword on Google Trends

August 10, 2017

Generally, all suicide prevention advocates want to normalize the subject of suicide so that people who are feeling suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide feel safe talking about it with others. Mass media and entertainment (like television shows and movies) can be conversation starters, with one exception: Suicide prevention organizations want the media to address […] Read more »


Another star gone too soon: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

July 20, 2017

We just heard the devastating news that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life today. A father of six and an immensely talented musician, Chester’s suicide is a blow to millions – including suicide prevention advocates who are also music aficionados (and vice versa). As the world reacts, here are a few talking points the public should know: – […] Read more »


Three years ago today, Conrad Roy died by suicide – leaving behind hard lessons

July 13, 2017

We all empathize with our friends and family, when they are going through a rough time. All we want to do is help take their pain away—and there are a variety of paths we can take to help them with that pain. For loved ones struggling with their mental health, there are also multiple ways […] Read more »


The miracle of an umpire’s timing and caring

June 30, 2017

The city of Pittsburgh lies at the confluence of three major rivers, but, as you might expect, the number of bridges is far higher. Those many bridges and the waters below often tempt those who consider ending their life’s pain and depression. It’s what my only brother did in the Allegheny River 12 years ago. […] Read more »


‘In Korea, there is no mental health’: Barriers to treatment

June 29, 2017

“In Korea, there is no such thing as mental health. One is seen as ‘weak’ if they have a mental health issue. People with mental health issues are seen as ‘crazy’ and the issue is something that must be overcome. It is often seen as a lack of faith in Christ.” My interviewee, Jin-Hee, is […] Read more »


Bullying increases the risk of mental health problems and suicide

June 21, 2017

Repeated threats, physical or verbal attacks, rumors, and exclusion all fall into the category of bullying. Unfortunately, in recent years, bullying has become prevalent at college campuses, and according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 20% of all students reported being bullied in 2016. Bullying is considered a type of psychological, as well […] Read more »


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