It’s Been a Year

This post was submitted by Christine Moore and is part of our September Suicide Prevention Month series.  I cannot believe it has been a whole year since we lost Jack. Jack was that kid that really seemed to have it all. He was handsome, athletic, smart, lived in a beautiful town with lots of friends…

What We Would Have Told Maddy

One night, after a difficult first semester at the University of Pennsylvania, Madison Holleran sat down at her computer and researched a few clubs to get involved in at school. One of them was Active Minds. Sadly, Maddy never made it there. Just weeks into her second semester, Maddy died by suicide. In the recently…

Build the Door

A few years ago, I started Active Minds’ formal observation of Suicide Prevention Month. There were several reasons for this. Chief among them was that we all know too many people who have died by suicide; or we know their loved ones; or we know people who have attempted; or we, ourselves, have contemplated taking…

Now What?

It sounds counterintuitive, but on March 28, 2012, the hot and rigid properties of asphalt made up the most forgiving surface of my life. I had attempted suicide, but I had survived and was posed with the toughest question of my life: now what? I suppose I should back up. I had been depressed for…

What We Say Matters

Written by Megan Larson, Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and Active Minds at UCLA member. I’m here. I’m breathing. I’m alive. This surprises me sometimes. Then I remember how lucky I am for this second chance. When I attempted suicide I felt there was no hope left. I couldn’t imagine another day, another hour, even…