Pusha T f/ Ab-Liva - "Suicide" | Music Video

Pusha-T suicide music video
G.O.O.D Music representative and one half of the Clipse, Pusha T, adds to the visual catalogue from his debut album My Name Is My Name with the official video for "Suicide" featuring Re-Up Gang member Ab-Liva.Read more

Suicide: Missed Calls, Guilt & Goodbyes #OKNotToBeOK

It was the last Bank holiday in May, a Monday morning, 8am, and I received a text from one of my closest friends asking if it was okay to call.

I got that sinking feeling.

Firstly, because close friends don't ask permission to call. Well, not mine anyway - they wake my ass up at all hours for things ranging from nail varnish colours (anyone who knows me knows how ridiculous this is), to juice recipes, needing my AA cover to get towed home or just to say hi.

My first thought - are the kids ok? My second - is she? My third - what the fuck's wrong! I don't recall the beginning of the conversation, or if there were any pleasantries or formalities. I don't know if she heard the panic in my voice, that I always try to play down, and is often mistaken for nonchalance, when I really do care.

I just remember the softly spoken voice of a usually cheeky and often loud friend saying, "David passed away." Read more

My Mother, by L. Michael Gipson #OKNotToBeOK

On January 16, 2013 my mother committed suicide. She was 55 years old, just two months shy of her 56th birthday. The suicide was her second attempt in three months following an eleven-month illness that several physicians and specialists failed to correctly diagnosis until eight weeks before her more successful suicide.

While her physical illness was rare and particularly aggressive in her case, leaving her struggling with great pain in her last days, it was her mental health condition that contributed to the lack of seriousness in which my mothers’ physicians took her claims of great suffering.

You see, 13 years before her death, my mother was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, had been on disability for most of that time, and had a long, well-documented experience working on her illness with mental health professionals throughout her city. She complained of severe physical pains, demonstrating and documenting her symptoms with great specificity to each doctor, desperate to be heard, to be believed, and received in turn the kind of dismissive pats you give a child trying to get out of bedtime. Read more

Oprah speaks on sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, love, loss & money w/ Piers Morgan [Video]

In an interview that aired on Monday during the premiere of CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey opened up to Piers Morgan about her teenage pregnancy and suicidal thoughts that ensued.

She also discusses loss, love, marriage ["I'm just not the marrying kind"], her long-term partner, Stedman Graham ["The reason this relationship has worked as well as it has is because we each got to define ourselves in it and not in a traditional form. There's nothing about it that's traditional"] and what she plans to do with her wealth; "When I'm gone, everything that I have is going to go to charity because I don't have children."


Winfrey, 56, said she was sent to live with her father in Nashville when she was a young teenager. He laid down the rules of his house early, and without knowing she was pregnant. "'I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River,' he said, 'than to bring shame on this family and the indecency of an illegitimate child,'" Winfrey said, quoting her father.

"He's saying that to me, and I know that I am pregnant. So I'm thinking, well, I'm just going to have to kill myself," she said.

Winfrey did not attempt suicide, though she said she tried things that were cries for help -- like drinking detergent. "When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance," she said.

Watch Oprah's interview on Piers Morgan tonight right here in segments below. Read more

Fantasia Talks To People Magazine About Her Suicide Attempt

One of my favourite voices in contemporary R&B, American Idol's 2004 winner Fantasia Barrino talks to People magazine about her recent suicide attempt.

"I realized how people end up in the grave," she says. "Because that one moment [snaps her fingers] of just breaking or feeling like I can't, I can't go on, it's too heavy. That was somewhere I don't ever want to go again."

Interview Excerpt:

Two weeks after being hospitalized for overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid, singer Fantasia Barrino says she knew exactly what she was doing. She wanted to die.

"I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," the American Idol winner, 26, tells VH1 in a new Behind the Music interview, airing 9 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday, the same day her new album, Back to Me, is released. "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with – all of it, all of that [expletive]."

She continues: "I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can't accidentally take a whole bottle of pills."

Depression is such a widespread and severe issue, particularly in today's challenging economic climate and exceptionally exposed society with the advent of social media. I hope more public icons speak up on the subject to spread awareness.

>> Read the full interview at People.com