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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+00:00December 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+00:00September 26th, 2018|Stories|0 Comments

Sharing Stories: How I Learned to Stop Fearing Attempt Survivors

It was about a year after my son Noah’s suicide, at a conference for survivors of suicide loss, when I first heard someone describe what led to their own suicide attempt. My hackles bristled so fiercely I couldn’t hear the details. I resisted being dragged inside that bleak and scary place, as if despair were [...]

By |2018-06-04T13:14:41+00:00January 19th, 2018|Loss Survivor, Stories|0 Comments