How to “Not-go” to that Dark Place

“You have to not-turn to anger, not-turn to resentment.” That advice comes from a man who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, to kids who find themselves entangled in the juvenile justice system. He's helping them know themselves through writing, and to learn to manage their chaotic lives and hopefully survive the system. Stay I was …

Color is Life

I've written about my struggles with depression; the past few weeks have been challenging, with the loss of a dear friend, a pet's death, plus health and money woes. My faith has been tried. Years ago, when a fellow depression-sufferer asked me, in the throes of her illness, "What keeps you alive when things get bad?" …

Suicide and Altitude

BLOG FOR MENTAL HEALTH 2014 I came across this article about neuroscientist Perry Renshaw's research into what he calls the "Utah Paradox." Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of suicide and associated mood disorders compared to the rest of the country. In fact, it's the No. 1 state for antidepressant use. I …