Author: Branwyn Rhodes

Aftermath: A suicide survivors journey

  Nothing about suicide is easy. As a survivor, Tammy Langhoff knows this too well. Her daughter, Katie, attempted suicide eight years ago. “Her stepmom, Anna, found her in the basement,” Langhoff explained. “She screamed to Katie’s dad, my ex-husband, Jeff. He came downstairs and started CPR, and Anna called 911.” For the next five-and-a-half…
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May 15, 2018 0

Nurturing resilient teens: Fundraiser supports mental health programming in schools

Tammy Langhoff is willing to swim the length of Lake Michigan — all 307 miles — if that’s what it takes to help teens struggling with anxiety, depression and mental illness. But it’s not quite as daunting as it seems. “I’m swimming indoors, and I’m taking all of 2018 to do it, which averages out…
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May 13, 2018 0

Suicide flashpoint: Men in midlife

In 2016, seven out of ten suicide deaths were white males, according to the American Society of Suicide Prevention. ( Nationally, white men, ages 45-65, make up the group that is at greatest risk for suicide. “Actual interventions tend to focus a lot on young people,” explained Dr. Robert Dubois, a psychologist who teaches at…
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May 7, 2018 0

Three-to-six questions to save a life: The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale

Talking about suicide – whether with an acquaintance, friend or family member – isn’t easy. Even for psychologists and social workers, knowing what to say or how to ask can be difficult. This is why Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh – supported by the National Institute of Mental Health…
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May 6, 2018 0