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April 9, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Famed pastor Rick Warren took to social media to thank the public of for its support in the wake of his son Matthew Warren's suicide and announced an effort to help bring awareness to mental illness. Warren said he and his wife want to "end the stigma of mental illness. " He added in a tweet: "We've known for years God would use us to fight mental illness but were protecting Matthew's right to share his own story. " Warren also talked of seeing his son's body for the first time Tuesday and said he was overwhelmed by the support his family has received.
April 9, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Rick Warren said it's been difficult to deal with some of the hate mail and online comments he's read since announcing Saturday that his son had committed suicide. "Grieving is hard. Grieving as public figures, harder. Grieving while haters celebrate your pain, hardest," Warren wrote on Facebook on Monday night. Warren has been deluged with words of support both at his Saddleback Church in Orange County and on the Web. “Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words,” the pastor wrote.
April 7, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Rick Warren said he was "overwhelmed" by the support he and his wife have received since he announced Saturday that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. " Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words. You are all encouraging our #brokenhearts," Warren wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. There has been an outpouring of tributes and support for the Warren family. Among those offering condolences was Harvest Christian Fellowship leader Greg Laurie, who tweeted followers to join him in a prayer for Warren and his wife.
April 7, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church congregation in Orange County began Sunday morning worship services with a prayer for their pastor, who announced the day before that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. Tom Hollladay, a teaching pastor at the mega-church in Lake Forest, led the prayer for Warren and his wife, Kay, at the 9 a.m. service, according to the Associated Press. Warren did not attend the service. On Saturday, Warren released an emotional message to his congregation in which he paid tribute to his son Matthew Warren, who he said died Saturday after battling mental illness all of his life.
March 3, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
+ When will the Blackhawks lose in regulation? Their 2-1 shootout victory Sunday in a classic game at Detroit extended their point streak to 19-0-3 from the season's start. Patrick Kane tied it late in regulation and won it in the shootout on a clever, slow-down move. Their depth fuels them but Corey Crawford's surprisingly clutch goaltending has been crucial. Their only losses came in shootouts, against Minnesota on Jan. 30, Vancouver on Feb. 1, and the Ducks on Feb. 12. + So much attention has been focused on the Blackhawks - and rightfully so - that the Boston Bruins' excellent start has been overshadowed.
October 22, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Think bullying doesn't hurt? A new study suggests otherwise, finding that a youth aged 10 to 17 who reports that he or she has been victimized by peers in the past year is nearly 2 1/2 times likelier to have suicidal thoughts than an adolescent who reports no recent victimization. If you add the experience of sexual assault or parental maltreatment to peer victimization, a child's likelihood of pondering suicide is 3.4 times and 4.4 times as high, respectively, as that of a child with no such recent history.
August 30, 2012 | By Shannon P. Meehan
July saw a record number of suicides in the Army and among recent veterans. I was nearly one of them. I suffer from both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the two most common conditions of suicidal veterans. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming. This summer, as has happened often before, I experienced severe depression, which leads to isolation. Then, when I was feeling most hopeless, I also started feeling tremendously reckless. I found myself feeling aggressive and impulsive, feelings that fuel erratic behavior.
June 1, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Nancy Emsley says she once lectured Junior Seau about the dangers of taking a powerful sleep-aid drug without getting a full night's sleep afterward. "He just rolled his eyes," the friend and workout partner of the late football star said. Emsley's account, part of a USA Today article on the days leading up to Seau's suicide last month, is quite telling. It paints a picture of a seemingly carefree guy who also took powerful drugs, sometimes not as directed, to combat a sleep disorder.
May 9, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Facebook is connecting with military-support and service organizations to offer customized suicide-prevention services for veterans, active service members and their families. For many members of military families, social media serve as a lifeline, connecting them to various supportive communities to help them cope with their specific strains and stresses. So, in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit organization Blue Star Families, Facebook has unveiled a literal lifeline within the site, with informational and response tools customized for service members and their families.
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