Creating a Dialogue About Suicide

According to Psychology Today, five million Americans attempt suicide, and every seventeen minutes, one of them succeeds. That’s a difficult statistic to face. What’s even harder to think is that since 1980 there has been a 128% increase in the suicide rate among children aged 10-14.1 Now, think of your children, your nieces or nephews, or any child close to you that seems so happy and full of life. It is devastating to think that they could be suffering so profoundly and so silently. Often, people remain silent because of the stigma that comes with admitting to depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. It is a difficult subject to approach and not many can relate so those struggling under the weight of mental illness often keep it a secret in order to avoid the assumptions. Dealing with mental illness can be an extremely isolating and suffocating experience that leads many to believe that suicide is the only way out. No one wants to appear weak or different and it is only creating a cycle of silence and pain. The fear of rejection and being labeled “unstable” is almost as debilitating as the illness itself. So how do we change this cycle? Continue reading

Ten Things You Should Never Say to Your Significant Other

My husband and I have been through a lot together, and we have seen each other at our worst. Along the way, we’ve learned what sets each other off, and eventually we’ve realized how to tactfully handle issues. This has only come after having the same arguments over and over. While we often say things and think we are making a point, we are really just retaliating with words. After having the same fights repeatedly and listening to my friends go through similar situations, I’ve compiled a list of the things you should never say to your better half. Continue reading