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Everyone has their one “go-to” person. You know, the person you call when you’re happy, sad, angry, bored, scared and everything else in-between. The person who listens when you need it, talks when you don’t want to and believes in you when you have a hard time believing in yourself. For my entire life, this [...]

By |2019-02-12T11:49:49-08:00February 12th, 2019|Stories|0 Comments

Self-Compassion and Teen Suicide: A Mother’s Quest to Break Barriers

My son Benji reminds me of Lovejoy, the glowing green comet that visited earth a few years ago for the first time in 11,500 years. Both are beautiful and rare, other-worldly phenomena transiting my life. Benji died by suicide on May 7, 2015, at age 15. I still struggle sometimes to believe this isn’t just [...]

By |2018-12-12T07:54:32-08:00December 11th, 2018|Stories|0 Comments

Gwynn’s Song: Leaving Unmasked Faces

My name’s Gwynn Lanning and I’m a musician, composer, Suicide prevention advocate, and LGBTQ rights activist. I’ve been composing music for ten years and view it as both a profession and a kind of personal/communal therapy. Over the years, I’ve played at LGBTQ community events, senior citizens homes, and local shops. My goal as a [...]

By |2018-09-20T10:02:07-08:00September 26th, 2018|Stories|0 Comments