Sometimes, when I think about my sister and cry, I'm not crying for her, but instead for my 21-year-old self who didn't yet know how drastically her life would change. Who, months from then, would, without choice, be forced into a world into which no one wants to be forced. She was a young woman who had plans and dreams, and though uncertain and fearful about life and the future like many her age, she didn't...

It's true. Living joyfully is all I want.I've had enough of the rest. All the sadness and anger and despair. I want it to never appear again. I want my joy to fill every cell and pour over, like the ocean waves breaking in front of me.I say to any person I meet: Feeling and expressing emotion is healthy and wonderful. When we aren't able to identify how and why we feel a certain way and then...

Hospitals don't scare me.I feel calm when I walk through the sliding doors. As if nothing physically bad can happen, because its walls and staff surround me like a bubble. Emotionally though, I'm as vulnerable as a cancer patient's immunity is weak.Despite my positive association, the majority of hospital visits have been traumatic, including saying goodbye to my mom's best friend before she died from cancer, my 10-day stay due to an almost deadly kidney infection and...

The Contagion Effect: Understanding Suicide [spacer height="20px"][spacer height="20px"]Remember that moment in The Truman Show when Jim Carrey's boat pierced the "sky"? In an instant, everything he thought was real and possible was disproven.  Suddenly, possibilities were endless. What he never considered were options—going outside his bubble, seeing the world in a different way—became his new reality.That's what it's like to experience suicide. Suddenly, the option of death becomes part of your reality, part of your vocabulary. It becomes tangible, something that's...

 From the makers of Of Two Minds - The Film comes a film about a topic many fear and don't discuss: SUICIDE. The S Word is a brave look into how death by choice truly rocks our society.The filmmaker Lisa Klein says, "As a survivor of both my father’s and brother’s suicides, I have struggled with the ‘whys’ for years, along with the guilt, shame, and confusion that lingers in suicide’s wake."Many of you have...

In theory, it's great to forgive, but in practice it's so damn hard! Is it possible to truly let go of anger and move on? ***Light from the TV screen beams through the darkness of the basement as the woman's dangling feet jerk and fidget in defiance and pain. I clamp my palms to my face, tears instantaneously jetting down my cheeks. My unrelenting sobs shake my body—my reaction so intense it surprises me and those sitting beside me. I peep...

My flip phone says 3 missed calls 2 from home 1 from him I assume her phone died so she used his to call me and I quickly relive the night before up in the wee morning hours listening to her tears telling her it'll be okay get to yoga center yourself you only want to be with someone who loves you no matter whatso I call home and my dad's voice utters Miya killed herself like if he gets the words out faster it won't be true and the wind is knocked out of...