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Suicide is complicated. I don’t believe there is just one factor that causes a person to end his/her life. It’s multi-faceted and I believe that in order to get the pendulum to shift away from the rising rates, our approach needs to be multifaceted,as well. We need to look at the big picture and be… Read More
When talking with my students the other day, another issue they brought up related to why they thought suicide rates were rising was social media and their phones. I have no doubt that they are right. Although I imagine they would not willingly part with their devices, the students do realize that the apps designed… Read More
This is National Suicide Prevention Week. There are many great posts about reaching out to those struggling and at risk, but I want to focus on the “why” behind the spike in the numbers. I’ve made this public should anyone wish to share. Will post several reflections throughout the week. Here goes #1… I’ve been… Read More
I started drinking when I was 16 years old. At first, I just did it because everyone else was doing it and I wanted to fit in. However, as time went on, I drank for all different types of reasons, which I’m sure anyone who struggles with this can relate to. I drank because it… Read More
There is a trend in both underage and of-age youth to binge on caffeinated energy drinks, as well as a trend of both underage and of-age youth to mix caffeine and alcohol. The real danger that this lends to is developing young alcoholics or addicts, and as far as the brain is concerned large amounts of… Read More