The Heart of a Therapist | Alexa Moody

Full disclosure, I am not a counselor, therapist, or doctor, and as such I am not qualified to make any sort of diagnoses or provide any type of therapy. That being said, I did go to college for human services and case management, which involves a great deal of talking to people. I did learn […]

Quick and Easy Hope and Survival Guide | Laura Cook

Hello, my fellow Holiday Warriors! Why do I like the term “Warriors”? Well, let’s be honest, mental illness doesn’t take a break over these “fun” holidays and the simple concepts of the Christmas mood [“…have yourself a merry little Christmas”? I DON’T THINK SO!], often bug me because Christmas Day, or even the day after, […]

A Time for Thanks & Giving

This holiday season I find myself wanting to give thanks for our supporters and also considering the amazing giving season that’s ahead of us. As Please Live’s founder and executive director, I sometimes feel guilty asking for donations at this time of year. We’re one of many charities worthy of your time and consideration, so […]

The Need for Psychiatric Training in the Emergency Medical Field

“That’s not how you do it. I always want to tell patients when they come in for that how they should do it properly, but obviously I can’t.” This was the response that I got from someone after I had told them that I had a previous suicide attempt in my history. Now, you’d think […]

What is an ESA? | Faith Swick from Life of Faif

Hello, everyone! This blog is all about ESAs. What is an ESA you ask? ESA stands for emotional support animal. This is a pet that provides many things including companionship to a person who suffers from a mental or emotional disability. ESAs are unique in that unlike service animals, certification is not limited to only dogs. ESAs […]

Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Violence) in 13 Reasons Why – Guest Post by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

Sexual violence is one of the main themes throughout the trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It contributes heavily to Hannah, the main character’s, final decision to end her life. While the show has inspired some difficult conversations both about suicide and rape culture, there seems to be a missing piece to that conversation. How […]

How I Predicted the Twist Ending of 13 Reasons Why

It’s another week of Mental Health month, and we’re continuing our series of blogs about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. To reiterate, if you have not seen the trending Netflix series, please note: 13 Reasons Why is a massively triggering show, especially for those who are struggling. Please do not watch this show unless you are […]

13 Reasons to Live

It’s week 2 of Mental Health Month, and we’re running a series of blogs about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. To reiterate, if you have not seen the trending Netflix series, please note: 13 Reasons Why is a massively triggering show, especially for those who are struggling. Please do not watch this show unless […]

13 Real Reasons Why Someone Considers Suicide

Click here to access Talking Points for 13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why: What Viewers Should Consider There’s been a lot of talk about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which chronicles the events which lead up to a young woman’s suicide. I’ll keep this introduction spoiler-free, but once we hit the numbered list […]

4 Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems to Watch for in Your Teen | Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D.

Teens often deal with serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, they tend to avoid reaching out for help due to embarrassment or because they think that other people will not understand. When teens do not receive the treatment they need, they are at risk for other problems such as drug and […]