Melissa Howard

Every suicide is preventable. After losing her younger brother to suicide, Melissa Howard felt compelled to create Stop Suicide. [stopsuicide.info] By providing helpful resources and articles on her website, she hopes to build a lifeline of information.

Self-Care Habits for Seniors to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Social Isolation

Editor’s Note: I thought this piece by Melissa Howard was especially relevant to the widows and widowers among our readers, or anyone who has suffered a loss and finds they have isolated themselves socially. This is, of course, exacerbated by the pandemic. As we get older, it becomes more important to focus on both our …

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Sympathy and Support: Helping Bereaved Seniors Handle Grief

  by Melissa Howard A study of grief and its impact on widows and widowers revealed that nearly one-third of subjects suffered detrimental effects to their mental and/or physical well-being. Those effects included the risk of suicide and death from heart disease and a host of psychological problems. Roughly a quarter were found to be …

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