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Depressed male took risks, ended up in jail

Dear Straight Talk: I got engaged at 22 and we have three beautiful children. I fell down the wrong path and my fiancé said she would always be there for me. But when I received two years in prison, she left me. Since lockup, I'm…


Knowing warning signs of suicide can save a life

Dear Readers: The news is filled with murder-rate statistics and efforts to fight violent crime, yet most people don't realize there are more than double the suicide deaths

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Diary entry about suicide must be taken seriously

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 15 and have a stepsister who I'm somewhat close to. We go to different schools but share my room every other weekend. She's super depressed every since her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. She carries…


What if high school started an hour later?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I read with interest about the mother who couldn't get her son to sleep before midnight. Sleep deprivation is the norm today. But combining sleep deprivation with teens leads to extra problems because teens…


Learning warning signs of suicide saves lives

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Regarding last week’s column about the boy who committed suicide, a friend of mine also did lots of increasingly negative drinking, smoking weed and partying.…

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Father’s love and courage teaches many

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Twenty-one months ago, my 18-year-old son jumped to his death from the 720-foot-high Foresthill Bridge. He left for school that morning. At lunch, I got a call that…


Is 16 too young for a boob job?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: One of my friends is considering breast implants for her sixteenth birthday. She complains that she is a size B (like most in our class), and wants to be a size C or…


Millennials might be next “Greatest Generation”

DEAR READERS: What’s wrong with the world? How can we improve it? Here is Part II of the panel’s vision for 2010. As I said last week, the Millennial Generation are old souls when it comes to understanding…

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Know the warning signs, most suicides signaled in advance

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Your recent column (NOV 25) about the sister who kept saying she felt like killing herself really hit home. Threats of suicide need to be taken…


Sibling confides, then denies, suicidal feelings. Now what?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m 17 and have a 15-year-old sister who I really love and care about. She constantly swings from feeling high to feeling low. She confides in me about her problems…

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