Category: Resilience

Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience

Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to visit my sister who was working there as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a once-in-a-lifetime trip, my positive memories of the people and places of Nepal remain vivid to this day, and the recent tragedy of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that overwhelmed this small country …[Read More]

Coping with conflicting emotions and grief after a suicide

Shock.  Disbelief.  Numbness.  Anguish.  Despair.  Loneliness.  Abandonment.  Grief.  Anger.  Guilt.  Emptiness.  Helplessness.  Devastation.
These are only a few of the intense emotions often experienced after a loved one, friend, colleague, or anyone you admire is lost through suicide.
You are not alone in experiencing a range of potentially conflicting emotions.  They may come and go in waves …[Read More]

Suicide facts and stats tell us what it is, but not why it happens

Here are the demographic statistics for suicide: a 63-year-old white man living in the western United States exists is at highest risk.  Men kill themselves about four times as frequently as women. Of those who died by suicide in 2011, 78.5 percent were men and 21.5 percent were women.
These numbers do not tell us the …[Read More]

Trying to understand Robin Williams’ death and how to stop suicide

The world is reeling in shock from the death of Robin Williams. He was an amazing man–an icon. His popularity spanned generations. He had it all…talent, fame, money, a family and friends. Yes, he had it all…even depression and addictions.
The world is in mourning together. So many of us feel the sadness; as if the …[Read More]