Suicide Prevention, Awareness, & Response

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How to Speak About Suicide

Suicide is a sensitive topic. If you need to talk or find help to cope with emotions, feelings, or situations, here are some resources: National Suicide Prevention LifelineCall 1-800-273-8255Veterans, Press 1 Crisis Text LineText HELLO to 741 741Free. Confidential. 24/7. Introduction Suicide is a sensitive topic for many people. Suicide is the end of a person’s life by their own choosing. Commonly, people will ask why a person has committed suicide. That question …

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Applause & Praise

I cannot praise Linkin Park more. I began my studies about youth suicide at the University of Minnesota in January 2015, and was working on my field experience for my degree when Chester died. I’ve seen Linkin Park live multiple times over a decade, and I felt the pain. I also looked on as a new generation experienced what my generation did in 1994 with Kurt Cobain, but with trained eyes. We lost …

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What is Wrong With Me

I can’t sleep. Seriously. Let me say that again so you clearly understand what I  mean. I can’t sleep. I have a lot of trouble putting my mind and body down to rest at night. Sometimes, the sun will come up in the morning before I will lie down for the first time. When I do finally rest, I rarely stay down for long, and often don’t rest well. I wake up delirious …

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Genuine Beliefs

I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming. The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve …

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The Reflection of One More Light

I’m grateful so many were willing to participate in the One More Light Chester Memorial video last Tuesday.. I got goosebumps when it started to take shape. I want LP to perform at the Super Bowl. With Chester up on the big screen. Natalie Cole sang with her late father Nat Cole to do “Unforgettable” many years ago. It’s not a new concept. Maybe this next spring is too soon. But the Super …

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