Turns out the feelings don’t get any less complicated

My dad how I remember him

This piece was originally published by xoJane (RIP) on January 9, 2015 with the title “IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Dad Died in Prison Years Ago, but He Keeps Breaking My Heart.”

My father died at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital on March 1, 2008 at 12:08 p.m. It was a Saturday…

Patrick Warren, Sr., Shot to Death by Officer During Mental Health Welfare Check

Patrick Warren, Sr., was killed by a police officer in Killeen, TX, on Sunday, 1/10/21.

Patrick Warren, Sr., a pastor in Killeen, TX, was killed by officer Reynaldo Contreras during a welfare check on Sunday. When Warren showed signs of emotional distress, his family called 911 for assistance. Killeen is located in Bell County, which employs Mental Health Deputies—officers trained in crisis intervention whose goal…

Suicide Rates May Be Lowest During the Holidays, but You Should Still Check on Your People

Suicide rates are lowest in December.

One of the biggest myths about suicide is that people end their lives in larger numbers during the holidays. This is not true.

I used to make sure to discuss this myth every year on my social channels because it’s inaccurate, and I got tired of seeing media pushes and…

The suicide rates keep rising, so why do we keep doing the same things over and over?

I hate National Suicide Prevention Month.

(This post was originally published on the Live Through This blog on September 1, 2020.)

I always feel so pressured to participate in Suicide Prevention Month when I don’t particularly want to and don’t, at this point, see much value in it.

The reality is that all the same messaging…

NYPD officers in riot gear at #blacklivesmatter protest on July 10, 2016. Photo courtesy Dese’Rae L. Stage.

I’ve been watching the headlines, the hashtags trending on Twitter, the growing list of names of black people whose lives were taken by law enforcement officials (Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Melissa Ventura—all in one week) out of fear, lack of training, institutionalized racism.

I’m a white woman. I will never…

Dese'Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage is an artist, mom, suicidologist, speaker, student, & activist based in Philadelphia, PA. deseraestage.com & livethroughthis.org

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