If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, it must be taken seriously. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately. The current generation is more willing than any before to take on and talk about taboo subjects, going as far as making jokes or sarcastic expressions out of certain subjects.…

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You feel so alone, so worthless. The word depression does not begin to describe where you are at right now. So many negative thoughts. Perhaps you even think that the world would be better off without you.  But that’s where you are wrong.  It may feel impossible to see when you are so depressed, but…

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When you are depressed, the world slowly fades into the darkness, and there is only you. You and loneliness, darkness, worthlessness. Everything becomes a chore, even basic things like eating and sleeping don’t matter. Your mind is telling you that you don’t matter, that people would be better off without you. In this moment, you…

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Beautiful campfire

We were huddled around a bonfire during a heat wave in July. Julie’s mother was holding an empty bottle of painkillers in her hand. She raised the bottle and held it over the flames. I had led scores of burning ceremonies for students over the years, but I’d never had a parent spontaneously participate before.…

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Depression is so sinister. It creeps in with negative thoughts, and without any warning, those thoughts almost go viral in our minds. Without even knowing what is going on, we are suddenly feeling lonely, then empty, then numb. Then just dark. A cold, empty, lifeless darkness that won’t go away.  No one should ever have…

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