Category Archives: Mental Illness

The Best Ways to Prevent Suicide

Talking and listening are the best ways to prevent suicide. Ask Ivar. There was once a famous poet and storyteller from Iceland who won fame in the court of the king of Norway, the court of king Eystein. Now the … Continue reading

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Silence Can Be Deadly

When it comes to suicide, silence can be deadly. If you know someone is thinking about suicide, tell some one. If the person is in imminent danger, poised with a plan and a method to kill themselves, call the police … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village to Heal Mental Illnes (part 2)

The mother heard her daughter “crunching bones.” Now she seeks to help her. Accompanied by the people of her village the mother walked toward the sound of crunching bones coming from her daughter. The villagers said, “Keep calling. You are … Continue reading

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It Takes A Village to Heal Mental Illness

Staying with the theme of healing mental illness, I’d like to share the story of “The Girl Who Crunched Bones,” a folktale from Zambia that can be found in Five Minute Tales, by Margaret Read MacDonald. There was this girl. … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Listen to King Sweeney

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. I wonder how many of … Continue reading

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