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You Are Not Alone September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Initially, you may appreciate the statistics and the acknowledgment. When the month ends, though, you may feel complete invalidation. No amount of awareness can ever yield justice for who you were robbed of. Nothing can keep the endless, ignorant suicide comments at bay. You likely […]

To those who have lost someone to suicide,

The Time Between Preparations to end your life. It’s a stage that isn’t often talked about. We discuss the thoughts leading up to it, and then we discuss the actions of the suicide itself, but what about the in between when the person has made the decision but the date hasn’t yet come? The deceiving […]

Suicide Preparations, A Calm Before the Storm

Adult Counseling

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else.”- J. K. Rowling Battling Thoughts I think anyone who has struggled with their mental health can relate to the idea that sometimes your thoughts can cause as much or more damage than a jab to the ribs. The old adage “sticks and […]

Harry Potter and the Invisible Scars

Teen Counseling

As devastating and serious as suicide is, it’s a topic that people hide away from. Because of this, many people are left to suffer in silence. Their closest loved ones are left oblivious to their pain. Or, their loved ones may suspect something is wrong but don’t know how to bring it up, so they […]

8 Lessons from Suicide Attempt Survivors


Is there a time of year that is more food focused than the November/December holiday season? The amount of food and diet talk that pops up around the holidays rivals only that of the beginning of summer frenzied diet-focused talk. We are all aware of the increase in food-talk during the holidays, but for someone […]

The Unwelcomed Holiday Guest

Teen Counseling

Reasons for Self-Harm Non Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI, or self-harm) is direct and deliberate destruction of one’s own body tissue in the absence of intent to die.  It is when an individual does one or more of the following to their body: Cutting Burning Carving words or symbols Breaking bones Hitting/punching objects Piercing with sharps Head […]

The Self-Harming Teen

Teen Counseling

self-harming, cutting, teens