The Mental Health Impacts of Losing a Parent to Suicide
Losing a parent by suicide can lead to feelings of anger, guilt, and regret. Coping strategies, tools, and other resources can help manage those feelings. The loss of a parent can be one of the most emotionally difficult events in a person’s life. Losing a parent by suicide can add additional layers to the grieving process. If you or someone you know has lost a parent by suicide, you’re probably feeling some very powerful emotions. There’s no simple solution for grief, but many resources can help you understand and work through it.
The Stunning Success of the Newark Community Street Team
In 2012, CNN reported that Newark was the sixth most dangerous city in the United States, ending the year with 111 homicides, with one 10 day period seeing 10 murders (1). In 2013, Newark reported 1,264 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, nearly 30% higher than in the rest of the country, and it was the fifth year of a five year increase in Newark’s rate of violent crime, bucking the trend in the rest of the U.S. Alongside this crime, there was another issue at play. In July of 2014, the U.S. Attorney released a report which found “a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department, (2)” which led to the city and the U.S. Justice Department negotiating and filing a federal consent decree in an attempt to address some of these issues. This was the backdrop in 2014, when Ras Baraka, a Newark native, activist and former principal of the city’s Central High School, whose platform included sweeping community safety reform (3), was elected the city’s 40th Mayor.
Don't Call the Police
As institutional trust in police forces around the country continues to erode, many people are faced with the difficult decision of what to do in the event of an emergency. Who do you call, if not 911? A majority of Americans say they don’t trust law enforcement, but who are we to rely on to protect our communities, help those in crisis, and to provide aid in emergencies?
I Was Bullied and it Took 15 Years to Let it Go
I guess I should get this out of the way before I get into it: I’m a dad, and I’m a dad to a wonderful, inquisitive, adventurous, hilarious, nerdy, sassy, delight of a daughter. I have two incredible sisters, and my mother is an amazing woman. Not that I need to have a daughter, sisters, or a good relationship with my mom to know that girls and women are outstanding, capable, complex, and unique people; a woman is more than her familial ties. I do my best to encourage my daughter to follow her interests, no matter what others may think, and that’s resulted in a pet snake, a lesbian flag hanging over her window, her beating some of my video games before I even started them, and green and blue hair, and I couldn’t be happier with how comfortable she is with her identity. When I was about her age, almost exactly, in fact, I was deeply uncomfortable with who I was, largely because of daily bullying by the people I thought of as friends. That contributed to years of low self-esteem, issues with my identity, and a reluctance to fully embrace myself. Today, I’m proud of the person I’ve become, and I’m happy with who I am, and no small part of that process was forgiving my bullies.