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More US troops commit suicide than die in combat in the war on ISIS
Suicide, not combat, is the leading cause of death of soldiers deployed to the Middle East to fight ISIS.
Of the 31 troops who have died since December 27, 2014 when the campaign began, 11 were suicides, reports USA Today. Eight died in combat.
The other deaths were a result of accidents, illness or injury and, one case is being investigated.
Combat fatalities as a result of direct contact with ISIS have been limited, according to the outlet, thanks to airstrikes and drones that have killed 50,000 ISIS fighters.
Thousands of Utah kids using suicide intervention app to get help
Kids often have difficulty asking adults for help when they’re being bullied or having suicidal thoughts — these are sensitive issues, Barry Rose said, that are difficult to say out loud.
But sending a text message about it can be much more comfortable than talking to a stranger on the phone, said Rose, crisis services manager for University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) at the University of Utah.
That’s why SafeUT, a free app kids can download on their smartphone to chat or text confidentially and anonymously with UNI crisis counselors, has been so successful since its launch in January, he said.
Teen suicide clusters prompt mandate for California schools to confront taboo topic
In California and across the country, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens—a grim reminder that many high school students’ primary barrier to adulthood is themselves.
More young people take their own lives than the number killed by cancer, heart disease, birth defects, stroke, flu, pneumonia and chronic lung disease combined. And under legislation set to take effect in January, school systems up and down the state will be forced to confront the taboo topic head-on.
Study: 1 in 6 Sarasota County kids contemplated suicide
Troubling new numbers show one in six Sarasota students have created a plan to commit suicide in the past year.
One mother says her son finds a lot of stress at school.
“There’s a lot of bullying and stuff like that in the schools,” said Jennifer Edwards, who lives in Sarasota County. “I think that affects his grades.”
She also knows about drug use in her son’s school and in the homes of his fellow students.
“I’m constantly torn between just letting him roam free basically and just wanting to protect him,” Edwards said.
Suicide: The stigma, and what schools are doing to combat the problem
Kristen Vaughan pressed her lips together tightly, trying to hold back tears. Breathing deeply, anger flashed in her eyes as she attempted to speak again, her voice cracking slightly as she steadied her words.
Less than a month earlier, her 15-year-old nephew, Samuel Barrow Jr., had killed himself, and Vaughan was angry.
She wasn’t angry at the teen; rather, it stemmed from the stigma around suicide, the taboo subject no one wants to talk about.
Newburgh mom embarks on suicide awareness mission
Brody’s Lofton’s last communication – a goodbye apology text to his mother shortly before he committed suicide – indicated he suffered from the “pain of life.”
But up until then, Lori Sullivan Lofton says there were no signs that her 12 year-old was struggling.
“He was just a happy kid – people have asked me, ‘Was he was bullied; was it girlfriend issues?’ … Brody’s personality was just like mine,” Sullivan Lofton, 49, said recently. “Very outgoing, never met a stranger, very up, the center of attention all the time. But unfortunately, maybe he was the center of attention because he was so hurt on the inside, and we didn’t know it.”
When A School’s Online Eavesdropping Can Prevent A Suicide
Ken Yeh thought his school was buying software to keep kids off of certain websites.
What he didn’t know was that it could help identify a student who might be considering suicide.
Yeh is the technology director at a private K-12 school near Los Angeles. Three years ago, the school began buying Chromebook laptops for students to use in class and at home. That, Yeh says, raised concerns from parents about what they’d be used for, especially outside of school.
He turned to a startup called called GoGuardian, which helped the school create a list of off-limits sites: porn, hacking-related sites and “timewasters” like online games, TV and movie streaming. The software also has another feature: It tracks students’ browsing and their searches.
And that’s how Yeh was alerted that a student appeared to be in severe emotional distress.
Fresno County health, education leaders meet to fight teen suicide
Faced with a big jump in suicides by young people this year in Fresno County, local school districts, hospitals, government agencies and law enforcement met Wednesday to begin addressing how to best handle mental health issues and ensure each agency has the ability to help those in need – especially children.
“There’s stigma and discrimination against issues related to mental health that make people reluctant to seek help,” said Dawan Utecht, director of Fresno County’s behavioral health department. “You go to the doctor when you get a cold – take insulin when you have diabetes. It should be the same with mental health. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone.”
New resource advises how to prevent, respond to trainee suicide
A doctor a day. No one knows exactly how many physicians in the U.S. commit suicide each year, but one per day is a common estimate.
It means the medical school community has to graduate about three average-size classes every year just to replace the physicians who are taking their own lives. A new initiative aims to prevent suicides among physicians and medical trainees by encouraging help-seeking behavior. And in the tragic event of a peer’s suicide, it provides expert guidance on how to respond.
Clovis West student suicides not connected, but point to larger trend, experts say
While the suicide deaths of three Clovis West High School students since August left that school reeling, mental health experts say more emphasis should be placed on prevention.
The most recent suicide involving a Clovis West student occurred Thursday. Police said the student was found dead around 6:30 a.m. at a home near the school.
Afterward, more than a dozen school psychologists and a therapy dog were made available to students. Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said those resources continued to be available Friday and will be available as long as students need them.
Cyberbullies Haven’t Stopped Targeting This 18-Year-Old, Even After She Committed Suicide
“I thought all this was behind us, but it’s not over.”
Late last month, Brandy Vela committed suicide after being the target of relentless cyberbullying. The 18-year-old had texted her family, “I love you so much just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything,” before killing herself in front of them. And while her family deals with the grief and trauma that come with losing her, they also have to deal with the online abuse she once faced. CNN reports that even after her death, Vela is the target of horrific online harassment.
Holiday season suicide spikes: The facts and myths
Suicide is not more common during the holiday season, despite what you may have been hearing for years.
In fact, in New Jersey last year, December tied for the fewest number of suicides, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past five years total, only three months – January, February and April – saw fewer suicides in the Garden State.
Morris County resident Wendy Sefcik, an outreach worker for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, quickly learned the holiday-suicide connection was just a myth after her 16-year-old son took his own life on Dec. 1, 2010. Her research showed her no evidence points to an uptick in Christmas time suicides.
Why teen suicide is so unpredictable?
The recent suicide of Grace Loncar and the subsequent death of her heart broken father has haunted me since I first read of her death. As high school counselors, my colleagues and I have all dealt with teens who told us they no longer wanted to live. I, personally, never worked with a student who completed the act, though some tried and thankfully didn’t succeed. But some of my colleagues worked with students who did take their lives. No doubt they wonder to this day if they could have prevented the deaths of these young people who had the whole world at their feet.
Parents attend suicide awareness discussion after deaths of James River High students
What could possibly cause our children to want to die? And how do you help someone if they constantly push you away?
These were the first questions parents and students lobbed at a panel of suicide prevention representatives, mental health professionals and a school administrator at James River High School in Chesterfield County on Monday night.
James River’s principal, Jennifer Coleman, said the discussion about suicide prevention and awareness that drew more than 50 people was the beginning of the community’s path toward healing.
A mother’s story: Don’t miss signs of teen suicide
On Nov. 23, 2014, Donna Besler-Tatem of Canandaigua received a horrifying phone call. Her son Brennan Tatem, a 19-year-old Pepperdine University sophomore in Malibu, California, had taken his life by hanging himself.
Two years later, Besler-Tatem remains a mother in pain. But she has channeled anguish into action – educating herself about mental health, suicide and reaching out to others like Brennan. She honors her son’s memory by sharing his story and speaking out publicly about suicide. It is an uncomfortable, often misunderstood topic.
Understanding suicide in children and early adolescents may lead to more effective prevention
The thought of a child or teenager taking his or her own life is startling to say the least. Yet, suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents ages 15 to 18 in the United States. Although suicide in early adolescence and elementary school-aged children is much rarer, it was still the 10th leading cause of death for U.S. children in 2014. Unfortunately, little is known about the characteristics and precipitating factors of suicide in children and early adolescents. Even less is known about the causes for the recent increase in suicide rates among black children. A recent study published in Pediatrics in October of 2016 sheds some light on this important issue.
New biomarker is higher in suicide attempters and associated with stress response
Researchers have measured a biomarker in cell-free blood plasma which can be linked to an overactive stress system in suicidal individuals. This biomarker can hopefully be used in future psychiatric studies.
Patients with acute coronary syndrome are at an increased risk of suicide compared to otherwise healthy people
Results suggest the need to identify patients at risk for suicide and develop effective interventions to prevent such deaths.
Suicide and the myth of the holidays
Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not the time of year when people are more likely to take their own lives.
The notion that it is — allegedly due to the holidays and the darkness of winter — is a myth, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania reports today. But that fact hasn’t stopped it from being repeated.
For 17 years, the Center has been tracking the coverage of suicide and only in two of those years have more than 60 percent of news stories debunked the myth, it said in a news release today.
New effort aims to reduce suicides in Montana
As of 2014, Montana had the highest per capita suicide rate in the country, and the number of people that take their own lives here is consistently double the national average. In each of the last two years, there has been a spike of suicides in January.
In 2014 and 2015, a combined total of 68 Missoula County residents completed suicide. And so far, 2016 has been even more deadly. From January through October, 28 people have completed suicide in the county.
Susan Hay Patrick, the CEO of United Way of Missoula County, said it amounts to a public health epidemic that doesn’t get enough attention.
The rate of suicides among women has increased to its highest level in a decade
THee number of suicides among women in the UK has increased to its highest level since 2005.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 6,188 people in the UK intentionally took their own lives in 2015, up from 6,122 in 2014.
This increase was driven by a rise in deaths by suicide among women with the rate rising from 5.2 to 5.4 per 100,000 people.
Suicide at 14: ‘I Have Racked My Brain Trying to Understand’
At age 14, Connor Ball had seen more of the world than many people could hope to see in a lifetime.
As a perk of his parents’ airline jobs, he got to travel with his family far from their home in Brentwood, New Hampshire, to Europe, South America and Africa.
He loved history and the outdoors, but like millions of teenage boys, he loved baseball more.
And despite his years of globetrotting, his favorite place of all was relatively ordinary: Boston’s Fenway Park, just over an hour’s drive away.
Connor Ball was 14 years old when he took his own life in 2011.
“The boy loved the Red Sox,” his mother, Tara Ball, told NBC News. “If you saw him walking down the street, he’d always have a Red Sox hat or jacket.”
Connor was an honor student, a hockey player and an aspiring filmmaker. He had worked on shorts for the New Hampshire Film Festival and was one step away from becoming an Eagle Scout. He had friends and was close to his younger brother.
When he took his own life in the fall of 2011, it was a complete shock.
Suicide of 11-year-old Champaign County girl has national impact
The suicide of an 11-year-old Champaign County girl after her parents said she faced bullying has affected people around the country, including a softball team in Missouri.
The U-16 3n2 Force softball team has dedicated their 2017 season to former Triad Middle School student Bethany Thompson and an anti-bullying campaign. It will kick off on Saturday night with an anti-bullying forum in Holden, Mo., where the team will hand out bracelets and host Bethany’s mother, Wendy Feucht, and a leading voice in anti-bullying, Gabrielle Ford.
Suicide Dangers Are Real Among Students
The holidays are a time for happiness and joy, but for many people it means the complete opposite, even for teens.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens. Studies show 1 in 5 youths think about taking their own life at some point and one in eight actually attempt it.
“It’s terrifying to me as a mother,” said Cynthia Brock, the Director of business development at Red River Hospital.
Another statistic was added when police say a female student at Old High took four prescription pills, reportedly saying “I don’t want to be here anymore.”
Wendy Risner, a counselor at Rider High School, said they see students suffering from depression every day. And about once a week, she said they see a student in a crisis situation or having thoughts of suicide.
The Ultimate Taboo: Medicine and Suicide
Just hours before a new crop of medical students are to be welcomed into the world of medicine, Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, and Lisa Wehr confront one of the most uncomfortable topics in medical education: resident and student suicide.
Among doctors, suicide rates are much higher than among the general population. The long hours, high pressure (from both one’s internal monologue and from outside sources) to succeed, fear of public humiliation regarding one’s shortcomings, isolation, inadequate supervision, the stigma against mental illness, the career penalties faced by those who admit to unwellness, and more, all contribute to the problem.
Suicide among Young People and Adults in Ireland: Method Characteristics, Toxicological Analysis and Substance Abuse Histories Compared
Information on factors associated with suicide among young individuals in Ireland is limited. The aim of this study was to identify socio-demographic characteristics and circumstances of death associated with age among individuals who died by suicide.
Based on this research it is recommended that strategies to reduce substance abuse be applied among 25-34-year-old individuals at risk of suicide. The wide use of hanging in young people should be taken into consideration for future means restriction strategies.
Bloomfield Woman’s Book ‘The Option’ Explores Daughter’s Suicide, Mom’s Search For Answers
Kristina Stahl was an honors student and all-state soccer player at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford. She went on to become an all-American lacrosse player and excellent student at Colby College. After graduation, Stahl returned to her high school alma mater to teach English, coach soccer and lacrosse, and work on her master’s degree.
But on Sept. 11, 2002, the athletically gifted and educationally driven Stahl, unable to cope any longer with years of anxiety and fear that she hid from her family, friends and therapist, committed suicide.
Her death at the age of 25 led her mother, Karin Stahl, on a painful and enlightening journey to write “The Option: A Memoir Of Suicide, Mystery, And Finding Our Way.”
Preliminary Report indicates that the Trevor Project’s Suicide Prevention Services are Effective
A preliminary release of data from a new report conducted by The University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) reveals the crucial need for The Trevor Project’s services. In a survey conducted among youth who contacted The Trevor Project, over half of youth with medium or high-level suicide risk de-escalate their risk level during their interaction with Trevor counselors. However, during the time between The Trevor Project contact and survey completion (average duration: 12 days), practically all (96%) of youth with medium or high-level suicide risk reported a de-escalation.
The Ripple Effect: Researchers look into impacts of suicide on farming communities
People from farming communities affected by suicide are being asked to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind.
A website called The Ripple Effect, which was launched less than six months ago, aims to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide in farming communities.
New Report Outlines Roadmap for Preventing Youth Suicide
More than 12, 000 people aged 10 to 34 years took their own lives in 2014, making suicide the second most common cause of death in these age groups. Now, an independent National Institute of Health panel has proposed a plan to prevent youth suicide over the next decade.
USA Suicide Official Final Data for 2014
The app that could stop suicide: Algorithm looks at language used in everyday conversations to spot people at risk
- •A machine learning algorithm analyses verbal and non-verbal cues
- •It could correctly identify if someone is suicidal with 93% accuracy
- •Researchers incorporated the algorithm into an app trialed in schools
- •By recording conversations and analysing cues such as pauses and sighs, it could help to flag those most at risk of taking their own life
POV: It’s Time to Destigmatize Suicide: New approaches needed to help those at risk
Thoughts of suicide have been a constant presence in my life ever since I was 15 years old, sitting in my bedroom with an assortment of pills cupped in my hands. That day was the first time, but not the last, I came close to losing my life to suicide.
Until recently, this part of my history was known only to a few very close friends. Because I knew that there is a stigma associated with suicide, I avoided sharing these experiences and very rarely discussed my suicidality.
Ending Gun Suicide: A Personal and Professional Movement
Gun violence is inarguably one of the most divisive issues in the United States, whether we are arguing with family members around the holiday table, or watching political candidates point fingers at each other like children in the school yard.
It almost seems as if we hear about another senseless tragedy – a mass shooting, a traffic stop gone wrong – on a daily basis. But what we may not be hearing about as much is gun suicide.
We may think this is because gun suicide isn’t as large of an issue. But in fact, over 60% of people in the United States who die from guns, die by suicide.
Economic Recession, Alcohol, and Suicide Rates: Comparative Effects of Poverty, Foreclosure, and Job Loss
Suicide rates and the proportion of alcohol-involved suicides rose during the 2008–2009 recession. Associations between county-level poverty, foreclosures, and unemployment and suicide rates and proportion of alcohol-involved suicides were investigated.
Creating Hope Through Suicide Prevention
Students conduct research that may save lives
In Room G-4 of O’Boyle Hall, there is a sense of hope. Home to the Suicide Prevention Lab, the students who work there believe the research they are doing will help save lives.
Overseen by Professor of Psychology David Jobes, the lab focuses on suicide risk assessment in various populations, such as military veterans or young people. The approximately 30 doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students in the lab analyze clinical trial data on the effectiveness of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). Developed by Jobes, CAMS is an innovative and flexible therapeutic approach to treating suicidal risk.
Sacramento State President Opens Up About Son’s Suicide
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and his wife are talking about the day that changed their lives forever—the day their son Seth committed suicide.
Behind each of the backpacks is a story of someone who was loved—one of the 2,100 students who die from suicide in the United States every year.
After a Suicide Attempt, the Risk of Another Try
My family is no stranger to suicide and suicide attempts, and we are not alone. To recount just two instances:
A 20-year-old nephew, after receiving a very caring letter from his sister-in-law explaining why she could not be his lover, went to his room, shot himself in the head and died.
A beloved uncle, who had been plagued for years by bouts of severe depression that alternated with mild mania, was seen at a major hospital psychiatric clinic on a Friday and told to come back on Monday. Instead, he took every pill in the house and lay down on a rock jetty in the ocean waiting to die. Luckily, he was found alive by the police, and after hospitalization, a proper diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder, he lived into his 80s.
Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High
There’s a perception that children don’t kill themselves, but that’s just not true. A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes.
The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age died by suicide.
Young Adolescents as Likely to Die From Suicide as From Traffic Accidents
It is now just as likely for middle school students to die from suicide as from traffic accidents.
That grim fact was published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They found that in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, the suicide rate for children ages 10 to 14 had caught up to their death rate for traffic accidents.
Suicide deaths on the rise in kids
Since 2007, the rate of suicide deaths among children between the ages of 10 and 14 has doubled, according to new government data released Thursday.
The death rate data, published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, measured children’s fatalities due to motor vehicle traffic injury, homicide and suicide between the years 1999 and 2014.
Increase in US Suicide Rates and the Critical Decline in Psychiatric Beds
The closure of most US public mental hospital beds and the reduction in acute general psychiatric beds over recent decades have led to a crisis, as overall inpatient capacity has not kept pace with the needs of patients with psychiatric disorders.1 Currently, state-funded psychiatric beds are almost entirely forensic (ie, allocated to people within the criminal justice system who have been charged or convicted). Very limited access to non-forensic psychiatric inpatient care is contributing to the risks of violence, incarceration, homelessness, premature mortality, and suicide among patients with psychiatric disorders.
In particular, a safe minimum number of psychiatric beds is required to respond to suicide risk given the well-established and unchanging prevalence of mental illness, relapse rates, treatment resistance, non-adherence with treatment, and presentations after acute social crisis. Very limited access to inpatient care is likely a contributing factor for the increasing US suicide rate. In 2014, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and 34 years and the tenth-leading cause of death for all age groups, with firearm trauma being the leading method.
Teachers given suicide prevention training
Suicide is second-leading cause of death among those aged 11 to 18.
For many students, school is a safe environment where they can share their concerns with trusted adults or peers. That’s why teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, school nurses and social workers gathered for the Screening for Mental Health SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program in Northampton.
Suicidal in the teens
Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Each year in the world, thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds
Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up. For some teenagers, divorce, the formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new community can be very unsettling and can intensify self-doubts. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress.
Author to speak locally about youth depression, suicide
Jasmine Warga’s book, My Heart and Other Black Holes chronicles the fictional story of 16-year-old Aysel and her obsession with plotting her own death. She finds help in Roman, another teen she meets online. But as their pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she has to choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover their potential energy together.
Warga’s book has been translated into 20 languages and is currently in development to become a major motion picture.
Problem of teen suicide in Colorado Springs tackled by Youth Documentary Academy filmmakers
During the summer of 2015 two Palmer High School students committed suicide within one week of each other.
One of them was Dominic Saunders, 14, who had recently lost his mother. The story of his life and death is the subject of his peer Kalia Hunter’s documentary “Dom.” The senior made the film during this summer’s third annual Youth Documentary Academy at the Fine Arts Center. Her film is one of nine YDA documentaries making their premiere Wednesday at the FAC.
“Suicide is a prevalent issue in Colorado Springs,” Hunter says. “Colorado has the highest suicide rate in the nation and Colorado Springs has the most suicides in the state, especially youth suicides. It’s prevalent at my own high school. It’s an issue a lot of people don’t really know about. I wanted people to understand and feel a personal connection to it.”
Years later, Army follows up with soldiers from suicide risk survey
Researchers are following up with more than 70,000 soldiers as they try to learn more about troops’ experiences with stress, mental health and other risks for suicide.
The work is part of an extensive and expansive survey that first began in 2010.
From 2010 to 2014, the Army surveyed 110,000 soldiers about their experiences and found that commonly accepted risk factors like combat trauma were not the definitive reasons soldiers were taking their lives.
Teen Suicide: Becoming almost ‘commonplace,’ reports state, act is like a contagion
Across the United States, teen suicide has become a more frequent tragic reality that is occurring at higher rates. In El Paso County, the youngest person to die by suicide this year was merely 13. Dr. Leon Kelly, one of the region’s county deputy chief medical examiners, shared how tragic the statistics are and the lack of control adults seem to have over the epidemic.
“[Even] for a job that’s generally pretty tragic, it’s disheartening. You feel powerless. You feel like, Another one? Another day, another kid. It’s hard.”
Suicide prevention: creating a safer culture
Suicide is a worldwide public health problem, with 800 000 recorded suicides per year, and an estimated 16 million episodes of self-harm per year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15–29 year olds, and the leading cause of death in young women. The burden of suicide is particularly high in Japan, India, China, and Russia, but comparisons between countries are limited by variations in the reliability of reporting and mortality records. In England, rates in men are three times higher than in women; the highest rates are in men aged between 40 and 54 years.
Mother who lost one son in Iraq, another to suicide speaks to reduce stigma
Our teenagers and seniors are thinking about and completing suicide higher than the rest of Virginia. That was shared at a suicide prevention conference in Salem sponsored by Mental Health America and the Suicide Prevention Council of Roanoke Valley.
The all day event also featured Carol Graham, a mother in an Army family who lost her son Kevin to suicide. Now she travels the country combating the stigma of suicide. “We’ve moved the needle, not far enough, it’s still very hard to get mental health care in this country,” she said.
Landmark Study Shows Antidepressants Make People ‘TWICE as Likely’ to Consider Violence & Suicide
According to the latest research coming out of the United Kingdom, patients should think twice before taking SSRI antidepressant medications. Brand names can include Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and others. Researchers in the UK evaluated clinical trials of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors) and concluded healthy adults, who had showed no signs of depression before the clinical trials began, reported double the risk of having feelings which could lead to suicide and violence.
Teen Suicide is Contagious, and the problem may be even worse than we thought
Students of Rampart High School practice a performance about suicide prevention on September 27. Because they are facing a teen suicide cluster, many schools in the Colorado Springs area now have presentations about spotting the danger signs for suicide and encouraging students in need to seek help.
“…Even though her mother had no sense that Riley was having problems, she knew it was important to talk to her daughter about suicide, and so she did. Between 2013 and 2015, 29 kids in their county had killed themselves, many from just a handful of schools, including Riley’s. There had been gunshot deaths, hangings and drug overdoses. And then there were those choking deaths the victims’ parents insisted were accidental.”
Instagram introduces new suicide prevention tools
You can now report troubling posts, and support options will pop up for specific hashtag searches.
If a friend is having a hard time or even in danger of hurting themselves, sometimes the first warning signs appear in social media. Instagram can now help you intervene anonymously with some new support options. If you report a post that worries you, your friend will get a message saying, “someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” They’ll then get the option to talk to a friend, contact a helpline or receive tips and support.
Spirit Lake Nation battles youth suicide
In 2008, Spirit Lake Nation tribe member Cora Whiteman lost her teenaged daughter, Jami, 14, to suicide.
As the Whitemans went through the traditional healing process that follows such a loss, Cora said it was as if they received a message from Jami; to tell other youth contemplating suicide to stay in this life.
From there, Cora and her family went to their community—and to Washington, D.C., for a forum on youth suicide—to speak publicly to prevent others from following that path.
“We wanted to get her message out there,” Whiteman said. “Not only that, we wanted to talk about the pain parents go through when they lose someone to suicide. Losing a child, it’s not the same as losing another relative, another family member.”
Can Treating Nightmares Prevent Suicides?
These nighttime terrors have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal behavior independently of other risk factors.
Over 40,000 fatalities in the United States last year were due to suicide, a rate that has increased more than 20 percent in the last 10 years. And for every suicide, there are an additional 25 attempts. These statistics suggest one thing: that current interventions are not working and we need new methods for preventing people from taking their own lives. But where to start? Michael Nadorff, a psychologist at Mississippi State University, claims one treatable risk factor has been hiding in the dark: nightmares.
Over the past five years, Nadorff’s research has shown that nightmares are associated with a higher risk for suicide—and that among suicidal individuals, treating the former may be one innovative approach to preventing the latter.
Gujarat suicide prevention campaign: ‘10-12-year-old kids too have suicidal thoughts’
Describing the tendencies, the panel categorised these into mild, moderate and severe tendencies and explained how to identify these.
Children of 10-12 years of age also have suicidal thoughts. This was revealed during the second round of “Suicide Prevention” campaign Thursday organised by state education department. The programme, conducted by three counsellors and paediatricians, was recorded at Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) centre in Gandhinagar for live telecast to government and private secondary and higher secondary schools across the state.
Rows over study which claims antidepressants double suicide risks
Anti-depressants could double the risk of feelings that could lead to suicide, according to a new study which has triggered furious rows.
Researchers behind the Danish review said the study demolished “potentially lethal misconceptions” about the safety of the drugs, which are taken by more than 4 million Britons a year.
The analysis examined 13 studies, to see what impact the drugs had on patients who did not suffer from depression.
Scientists said these patients were selected, because previous studies linking suicide and antidepressants had been dismissed by those who said the deaths must have been caused by the mental health condition, rather than the pills.
Shock of suicide: One family’s heartbreaking tale
In Michigan more than twice as many people die by suicide than by homicide and the national suicide rate is the highest it has been in 30 years, according to 2016 statistics from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the suicide rate continues to climb, parents such as Ethel and Ken continuously ask the same question: how could this tragedy have been prevented?
The answer is layered and hazy: better access to mental health care, more public education about suicidal symptoms, and breaking the stigma of mental illness could be a start though.
Suicide Is Still a Serious Problem After Psychiatric Hospitalization
The high risk for suicide after discharge from a psychiatric hospitalization is well-known. To clarify the nature of the risk, investigators examined 6 years of U.S. Medicaid and National Death Index records on 770,643 patients (mean age, 35) with a first hospitalization, lasting ≤30 days, for a psychiatric disorder. The comparison group was a random sample of 10% of 1,090,551 demographically matched patients hospitalized with a nonpsychiatric diagnosis for the same duration.
The cumulative probability of suicide in the first 3 months after discharge was 40 to 58 times higher in psychiatric patients than in nonpsychiatric patients.
What we should know about teen suicide
“In 2010 I was severely depressed, suicidal, and feeling like a failure at life, so I tried to kill myself – obviously I was a failure at that too, thankfully,” wrote Kathryn Hollander-Kidder, a teenager at that time. Was Kathryn’s survival upon a first attempt at suicide typical?
Studies reveal that 60 percent of the completed suicides are successful on the first attempt; that the duration between suicidal thought and attempt is usually only about 10 minutes. This is why we cannot identify those who will commit suicide in the near future – we can only identify those with highest risk for potential suicide.
New Website Launched By Mass. Organization Teaches How To ‘Stop A Suicide Today’
A Massachusetts-based organization that helps people get screened for depression has created a new tool to help in the fight against suicide. It’s a website designed to teach people how to intervene when someone they know might be considering suicide.
The website has a bold name and big banner when it opens: “Stop A Suicide Today.”
Latest findings from national inquiry into suicide and homicide published
The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) report, published today, suggests the crisis teams are bearing the pressure of caring for patients who actually need a more acute level of care, such as inpatient beds.
The Inquiry reports that there are now around three times as many suicides by crisis resolution and home treatment teams patients as in in-patients, over 200 per year, although after a rise in report last year there has been no further increase in 2014.
How Physicians Can Reduce Suicide—Without Changing Anyone’s Mental Health
In the US, even though only 1% of all suicide attempts are with firearms, half of all suicide deaths are with firearms.
Even nurses aren’t immune to the stigma of suicide
In England, one person dies every two hours as a result of suicide. And it is the leading cause of death for young people, both male and female, in the UK – every year around 1,600 children and young people aged ten to 34 take their own lives.
For survivors of suicide loss, ‘there is no moving on’, find solace in Howard support group
The day Katrina Tagget pulled a gun out of her backpack and killed herself, the 21-year-old college student planned meetings for her law fraternity.
Katrina’s death came as a complete shock for her mother, Sara Tagget, who never thought suicide was a possibility for her fun-loving, kind-hearted daughter who dreamt of becoming a lawyer.
Eight years later, Tagget said she still hasn’t fully healed.
The VA’s Faltering Battle Against Veteran Suicide
The popular imagination has often pictured the war veteran as a gregarious hero, eager to repeat a trove of cherished war stories. As a veteran of combat in World War II, I can only say that has not been my experience.
When my destroyer, the USS Lansdale, was nearly cut in two by a German torpedo, 49 of my shipmates were lost in that attack. But that was only the beginning of the toll. In the decades following, I witnessed the impact of combat trauma on the human psyche. Back then we called it battle fatigue. Today, psychiatrists call it post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The most dramatic manifestation of PTSD among veterans now is a suicide rate approximately twice that of the general population.
Increasing the distance between thoughts and action is one step in preventing suicide
Many people believe two myths about suicide:
1. People who die by suicide have planned for a while and know how they want to do it.
2. If the method that the person wants to use is unavailable, they’ll just find another method.
I call these statements myths because research shows the contrary. A nice overview of the evidence in this area can be found on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Means Matter project website. One of the articles included in the review, from 2009, showed that for almost half of the study’s participants, the time between one’s first thought of suicide and making an actual attempt was 10 minutes or less.
Risk Factors for Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors
The terrorist inside my husband’s brain
by Susan Schneider Williams, BFA
I am writing to share a story with you, specifically for you. My hope is that it will help you understand your patients along with their spouses and caregivers a little more. And as for the research you do, perhaps this will add a few more faces behind the why you do what you do. I am sure there are already so many.
This is a personal story, sadly tragic and heartbreaking, but by sharing this information with you I know that you can help make a difference in the lives of others.
As you may know, my husband Robin Williams had the little-known but deadly Lewy body disease (LBD). He died from suicide in 2014 at the end of an intense, confusing, and relatively swift persecution at the hand of this disease’s symptoms and pathology. He was not alone in his traumatic experience with this neurologic disease. As you may know, almost 1.5 million nationwide are suffering similarly right now.
For Sufferers’ Sake, Explore The Hidden Side Of Suicide
For all its distress over teen suicides, the secular media is completely silent on the most crucial element of these tragedies.
It’s hard for many of us to empathize with those who contemplate taking their own life, to imagine the state of mind and spirit someone must be in to take such a drastic step to end his suffering. But for those between the ages of 15 and 44, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Among only teenagers, it still ranks third.
Resources for Students, Parents & Educators on Bullying & Suicide Prevention
The September edition of ETV’s Carolina Classrooms focused on bullying and suicide prevention. The topics discussed are not new, but there is hope and there are resources available designed to help students, parents and teachers.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
MediaWatch: Reporting On Suicide
Years ago, I worked as a reporter for a small chain of newspapers in upstate New York. Whenever people died by suicide, our editor included “Death was self-inflicted” in their obituaries. Family members often called into the office greatly upset, because of the stigma they felt was imposed on their loved one’s memory and their family’s reputation. They didn’t want anyone to know.
Today, responses are changing.
Governor Signs Law Requiring School Youth Suicide Prevention Plans
California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2246, authored by Asm. Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach). The bill requires school districts across the state to adopt formal suicide prevention, intervention, and follow-up plans for all middle and high school students. AB 2246 is sponsored by Equality California and The Trevor Project.
“As a classroom teacher, I know from experience that educators often serve as the first line of defense when a student is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “AB 2246 will provide parents, teachers and schools with the tools they need to help save the lives of at-risk youth.”
Suicide: The only top 10 in U.S. deaths that’s increasing yearly
In 2014 — the latest year for which we have accurate figures — there were 42,773 reported suicides in the United States. Currently, there are approximately 120 suicides a day and a substantial number of these are military veterans.
Suicide is the only top 10 cause of death in the United States that is increasing each year, and we know that a substantial number of other deaths, including opiate overdoses and motor vehicle accidents, are also suicides.
For every suicide, there are 25 suicide attempts. Almost 500,000 people a year visit an emergency room to seek care after a suicide attempt. And those numbers don’t tell the whole picture — we know that most suicide attempts are unreported.
Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know
New research finds that suicide in children is triggered by more than sadness
The death of a child is always heart breaking and horribly, horribly wrong. But when a child dies by suicide, it brings a whole different level of grief, pain, and anguished bewilderment to those who cared about the child.
Fortunately, suicide in children is very rare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 2 out of every one million children ages 5 to 11 will die by suicide. The rate among adolescents (ages 12-17) is about 52 per million. On average, about 33 children under 12 kill themselves each year in the US (Bridge et al., 2015).
The Stigma of Suicide Survivorship and Related Consequences—A Systematic Review
A considerable proportion of the population experiences major life disruptions after losing a loved one to suicide. Social stigma attached to suicide survivors adds to complications occurring in the course of suicide bereavement. Despite its known risks, stigma related to suicide survivors has been sparsely investigated.
Large-Scale Study Finds Association between Risk of Suicide and Hospitalization with Infection
A 32-year study of 7.2 million Danish individuals suggests that there is a connection between a person’s hospitalization with an infection and his or her risk of suicide. Compared to those individuals in the study who were not hospitalized with an infection, there was a 42 percent increase in the risk of death by suicide for those who had any history of hospitalization with infections – ranging from HIV-AIDS-related infections to sepsis.
Suicide survivors on why northern Michigan’s suicide rate is so high
Decades ago as a young man, Pat Gallinagh twice attempted suicide. Today, Gallinagh lives in Ironwood at the western end of the Upper Peninsula, where he heads a suicide support group.
Sadly, it’s a group that gets new members on a regular basis: Northern Michigan, including the U.P., has the state’s highest suicide rates.
Gallinagh says there are three reasons why.
“One, we love our guns in this part of the country,” he said. “Two, we love our alcohol in this part of the country. … Three, we have a scarcity of mental health services.”
The importance of dialogue about suicide and mental health
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death on college campuses, yet the underlying motivations for suicide are often treatable. Many people are unable to help prevent a suicide because they are unaware of the warning signs and risks directly associated with mental health problems that may cause suicide. Some of the most pertinent warning signs include sudden and seemingly random behavior changes and disinterest in regular daily activities. Additionally, most suicide attempts go unreported.
Rail experts discuss ways to prevent suicides
The woman, 39, walked around the Northbrook train station in great distress for hours before she stepped in front of an Amtrak train Sept. 9.
That was what witnesses said later, according to Illinois Commerce Commission rail safety expert Chip Pew. Could she be alive if she had been given some hope or alternative before she made that final decision?
Most suicides in young kids are not due to depression
Suicide in children, though rare, is the 10th leading cause of death for elementary school-aged kids in the U.S. According to a study in a forthcoming issue of the journal Pediatrics, it can’t be explained the same way for kids of all ages.
More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests
Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicide, a new study has found.
Very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, and little is known about these deaths. The new study, which included deaths in 17 states from 2003 to 2012, compared 87 children aged 5 to 11 who committed suicide with 606 adolescents aged 12 to 14 who did, to see how they differed.
The research was published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
10 million U.S. adults seriously considered suicide last year
Almost 10 million U.S. adults seriously thought about committing suicide last year, federal health officials reported Thursday.
Rates of suicide are at historically high levels, having jumped 27 percent since 2000, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Nearly three million adults made a plan to take their own life. And 1.4 million adults attempted suicide but weren’t successful, according to the report.
Doctors Hope to Predict Patients’ Suicide Risk
Suicide is hard to predict, even for close friends and family of victims.
When Dorothy Paugh’s son, Peter, took his life at the age of 25, her family was devastated.
“We had no idea. None of us,” she said. “We had gotten together a week or so before for his older brother’s birthday. There were really no signs. He never said a word to anybody.”
Suicide is shrouded in stigma and secrecy, even though it impacts countless individuals, families and communities. Someone commits suicide every 40 seconds across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that 40,000 people kill themselves every year in the U.S.
Suicide Rate Is on the Rise in NYC
Suicide rates are on the rise in New York City, especially among women, according to a new study from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Health Department reported 565 deaths by suicide — or 5.5 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers — in 2014. That’s up from 448 — or 6.3 deaths — in 2000.
“This concerning increase in the suicide rate in New York City tells us that we’re not reaching New Yorkers early enough when they need support,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said in a press release Wednesday.
Survivors Read From the Suicide Notes They Wrote In a Powerful Movember Awareness Ad
In a truly powerful suicide awareness ad, several Australian men, all suicide survivors, read aloud from the notes that they had each intended to leave behind for family and friends. The ad is part of “We Need to Talk“, an international Movember campaign to help prevent suicide among men by encouraging them to share their feelings, troubles and doubts with those who care about them.
7 Important Stats About Teen Suicide – Suicide affects us all
Chances are you know someone who has taken their life as a result of serious anxiety, depression, or some other kind of mental health issue. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 suicide was ranked the tenth-leading cause of death for all age groups.
However, teen suicide in particular is an alarming problem. Too often young people fail to realize that their problems—whether they involve school, dating, or family matters—can be dealt with and will often, in times, pass. So, during the month of September (especially because September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day) let’s review what do we need to know about suicide, specifically teen suicide…
Suicide Has Ripple Effect on Families, Communities, Societies
Dorothy Paugh was nine when her father took his life. “I count that day as the last day of my childhood. Because from that moment on, I had no sense of security. I had no sense that the world was a safe place,” she said.
Her father was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, a place of repose for presidents and military heroes. Paugh’s father served bravely in World War II. After his death, the White House sent a letter from “a grateful nation” that her mother hung prominently on the wall by the front door. Paugh says her mother wanted her children to remember their father as a war hero, and not to focus how he died. But, they never spoke about his death. Paugh said it was a special type of isolation.
Study: Social connectedness can yield suicide clusters
“Perhaps one of the most interesting findings of this study is that it highlights the downside to social connectedness,” said researcher Anna S. Mueller.
When a string of teen suicides happens in succession, they’re called suicide clusters or copycat suicides. New research suggests certain community dynamics can encourage suicide clusters and hinder suicide prevention efforts.
UPI, Science News Sept. 9, 2016
Teens to train in suicide prevention
Some 2,000 national service and youth movement members will become gatekeepers to detect and help those at risk for committing suicide.
Starting this year, National Service volunteers will be trained to prevent people from committing suicide.
This was announced Thursday by the Health and Education ministries in advance of World Day for Suicide Prevention on Friday.The volunteers will be trained through a special program, Shomrei Hasaf (Gatekeepers). The Council of Youth Movements led the project, saying, “We see this as a first step that can save teenagers and children.”
The Jerusalum Post, September 9, 2016
Teamwork key to preventing Soldier suicides, experts say
Staff Sgt. Miguel Sierra vividly recalls himself and his staff handling logistical matters in the aftermath of a sailor committing suicide.
As a behavioral specialist and the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Army Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Sierra said this experience impressed upon him the importance of teamwork and the need for Soldiers to maintain awareness of signs of distress among their fellow Soldiers.
Sierra recalls that just nine years ago, Soldiers would receive “after the fact training,” meaning that units provided suicide education only following a suicide.
“When that happened enough times, people realized the issue was more serious than it was,” he said. “Now, commanders and NCOs are getting the word out about suicide prevention. They’re being more proactive and less reactive.
U.S. Army, Army News Service, September 8, 2016
When Suicide Hits Home: The loss of a young loved one has a devastating effect on families
The statistics are alarming. More than 40,000 Americans commit suicide every year. That averages out to about 110 people every day. Although it is the tenth leading cause of death overall, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those between the ages of 10 and 25 years old. Veterans make up 20 percent of all suicides.
Psychology Today, Sep 06, 2016
10 Essential Facts About Guns and Suicide: The decision to end one’s own life is often an impulse. When firearms are involved, that impulse is almost always fatal.
Despite an alarming uptick in homicides in some urban areas in the last few years, violent death rates are significantly lower than they were in the 1990s. There is one notable exception to this trend. Suicide rates for men and women have steadily increased for the past 15 years.
The statistics are bleak. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. From ages 10 to 34, it is the second leading cause. Last year, at least 40,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide. From 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate for men and women jumped 24 percent.
The Trace, September 6, 2016
Nurse’s Notes: Watch for suicide warnings
“… suicide affects all of us, regardless of our age, race or gender. Montana’s suicide rate has been ranked in the nation’s top five for the past 30 years and our youth suicide rate is double the national rate. According to a report from Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services, firearms (61 percent), suffocation (19 percent) and poisoning (15 percent) are the most common means of suicide in the state, with other means including carbon monoxide, overdose, motor vehicle accidents and jumping from heights.”
The Missoulian, September 6, 2016
Suicide prevention’s front line: Family and friends
A suicide prevention hotline clinician says knowing the warning signs and what to say could save lives. Each year, close to 43,000 Americans die by suicide, and for the past two decades, suicide rates have been on the rise in the United States, particularly among men aged 45 to 64 and girls aged 10 to 14 – a demographic whose rates have tripled since 1999.
How My Cousin’s Suicide Changed The Way I View Mental Health
Six months ago, I lost my cousin to suicide. He suffered from depression for about four months before he decided to end his life.
This not only affected me in the psychological sense, but it also made me want to get out into my community and learn about the steps we can take to prevent things like this from happening.
At school, I decided to meet with someone who was recovering from depression. I found her through another friend I knew previously.
After talking to this girl for hours, I realized that one way to fight depression is by really listening to what a person is feeling.
6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know
Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.
As we’ve reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and medical professionals, in identifying children who may be at risk of suicide. And one of the biggest challenges: myths that can cloud their judgment.
“People are afraid of the whole topic,” says David Jobes, the head of Catholic University’s Suicide Prevention Lab. “It just feels like something that’s left unsaid or untouched.”
Jobes says one of the most common — and most dangerous — myths about suicide is that young children just don’t kill themselves.
It’s just not true.
Students leave thousands of positive notes around school after pupil’s suicide
Students in Ohio have paid a wonderful tribute to a pupil who committed suicide by posting thousands of positive messages around their school.
Mason High School student (MHS) Kwadwo Boateng, described by his family as “bright, funny and strong”, took his own life on August 25.
Days later, some of his fellow students spent eight hours writing out thousands of post-it notes and placing them on each student’s locker.
They created more than 3,600 of the notes, which featured positive messages like ‘You are strong’ and ‘You are not alone’ to surprise students who arrived at school the next day.
The Telegraph (UK), September 2, 2016
Changing the Conversation
September is an important month for suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10, 2016) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5–11, 2016) provide us with opportunities to encourage people who are struggling with suicidal behavior to seek help, to assist friends, family members, and helping professionals in supporting individuals who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and to expand the numbers of people who are actively engaged in suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center, September 2, 2016
Suicide Awareness Month — a link between suicide and eating disorders
As an expert in the field of eating disorders for over 35 years, I have helped thousands of patients and families overcome anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and related food, eating and body image concerns. Lasting eating recovery is possible — even likely — with early intervention from experienced experts.
However, the elevated incidence of suicide is a serious barrier to recovery for eating disordered individuals. Recent estimates suggest that suicide rates are 23 percent higher in those with eating disorders than in the general population. And, little known to the general public, eating disorder rates of death by suicide are significantly higher than that of depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Consider this — the suicide mortality rate in people with anorexia nervosa (AN) is the highest of any psychiatric illness. Individuals with AN are 31 times more likely to make a fatal suicide attempt than the general population, and more than half of AN deaths are a result of suicide and not the medical complications of self-starvation.
The Hill, September 1, 2016
“If physician suicide were an infectious disease it would be on the news every night and we’d have a body count.”
I’m Dr. Pamela Wible. I want to share some personal stories that I think will be really memorable after today. A lot of times if we just approach [physician suicide] from a supratentorial angle it doesn’t hold our attention and make things memorable into the future [the statistics can be overwhelming and frightening]. Just telling personal stories will help you access just a little bit of what my life is like right now. So I want to share a friend of mine with you, a friend of mine named Cheryl, a new friend that I just made a few months ago. Cheryl belongs to a club that nobody wants to be a member of. It’s an online support group that I started for parents who have lost their children to suicide in medical school and beyond (so residency as well). There are more people joining our group every week and month because we continue to lose (unfortunately) medical students to suicide. Cheryl lost her only child, Sean, just 3 months ago.
Ideal Medical Care, September 1, 2016
Suicide Survivor: Brain Health Service Cuts Are Fiscally Foolish
Cutting mental health programs is penny-wise, pound-foolish and life-threatening, a rare survivor of a suicide jump from the Golden Gate Bridge said Monday.
In June, Gov. Matt Mead announced $248 million in budget cuts, including $90 million (plus a loss of $41 million in matching federal funds) for services offered by the Department of Health including mental health services.
That makes no fiscal sense, Kevin Hines told a group hosted by the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force. at the McMurry Mansion. Hines and his wife Margaret, and Australians Joe Williams and Lauren Breen, are on a “Hopeshelpsheal Tour” promoting suicide awareness and prevention.
Suicide costs the United States about $93.5 billion a year, according to an Oct. 29, 2015, article in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior from the American Association of Suicidology.
K2 Radio Wyoming, August 29, 2016
Study: Transgender youth face high rates of suicide
Thirty percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting, a new study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center shows.
The Cincinnati Children’s researchers also discovered a higher frequency of suicide attempts among transgender youth who are dissatisfied with their weight.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 29, 2016
Connect, communicate and care on World Suicide Prevention Day
On September 10th, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Check in on someone you may be concerned about, and start a caring conversation with them, asking them how they’re going. Investigate ways of connecting with others who are trying to prevent suicide in your community, your country, or internationally. Show your support by taking part in the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Cycle Around the Globe.
European Alliance Against Depression, August 26, 2016
Golden Gate Bridge suicide data show more youth consider jumping
Disturbing new data from the Golden Gate Bridge show there has been a fivefold increase in the number of young people who come to the span to consider ending their lives.
The number of people 24 years old and younger coming to the span to commit suicide went from nine in 2000 to 43 in 2014 and the figure is likely to go higher this year, officials cautioned Friday as the bridge board heard a presentation on the difficult subject that has vexed the structure’s officials since it opened in 1937.
Marin Independent Journal, August 26, 2016
Preventing teen suicide: Where to turn for support
Since 2009, nine young people between the ages of 9 and 17 committed suicide in Mahoning County
WKBNEvery year, coroners investigate at least one teen suicide in the Mahoning Valley. Another family that has to deal with unbelievable loss and another school district that brings in counselors to help classmates cope with the tragedy.
Dr. Joseph Ohr with the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office is one of the people who has to make sense of these deaths. “No one likes to talk about suicide. No one likes to think their friend or family member would commit suicide,” he said.
WKBN, August 25, 2016
Largest study of veteran suicide reveals more precise information
The Department of Veterans Affairs released analysis of the most comprehensive research of veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort extends VA’s knowledge from the previous report issued in 2010, which examined three million veteran records from 20 states. Based on the data from 2010, VA estimated the number of veteran deaths by suicide averaged 22 per day. The current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans a day died from suicide.
DAV, August 24, 2016
Pediatricians can help identify suicidal teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated guidelines advising pediatricians how to identify and help teenagers at risk for suicide. The group wants pediatricians to screen patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors for suicide, such as bullying. Dr. Kim Cass, chair of pediatrics at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, said that at-risk teens regularly come to the emergency department, and she calls it a “serious epidemic for our youth.
The Baltimore Sun, August 24, 2016
Survivors of First Attempt at High Risk for Later Suicide
A first suicide attempt is an even greater risk factor for a completed suicide than previously appreciated, and the great majority of completed suicides occur within a year of the first attempt, a new cohort study shows.
The findings suggest that first suicide attempts may be “even more lethal than we knew,” the authors state in the article’s title. However, it appeared that hospitalization following the attempt, as well as a scheduled follow-up visit with a psychiatrist significantly, reduced that risk.
Medscape, August 23, 2016
The Scariest Part About America’s LGBTQ Suicide Epidemic Is What We Don’t Know About It
On August 12, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS), a biannual poll designed to monitor high school student health. For the first time ever, states and schools were given the option to include questions about respondents’ sexuality. Twenty-five states and 19 large urban school districts chose to do so, and as such, the survey marked the first nationally representative census of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth health in America…
Perhaps most shocking was the data pertaining to suicide: Some 29.4 percent of LGB students tried to kill themselves in 2015, almost five times as many as straight students. And 42.8 percent experienced some form of suicidal ideation.
VICE, August 23, 2016
A 143 per cent increase in attempted suicides by local youth is such an “alarming” finding it requires immediate priority action, a just-released mental health profile of the region concludes.“A very staggering increase,” is how epidemiologist Mackenzie Slifierz described the rising number of hospital emergency department visits by young people between the ages of 10 and 19 for intentional self-harm injuries, documented in his 2010-15 Windsor-Essex County Health Unit report.
Windsor Star, August 22, 2016
Pittsburgh researchers may have found ‘cure’ for some untreatable depression
Ben Finder remembers when the depression first hit him. It was three years ago when he was 13, a happy and energetic eighth-grader in Obama Middle School in Pittsburgh.
“The first sign, I noticed that every few days I’d get this feeling that came over me of nothingness,” Ben recalled this past week. “It’s kind of hard to describe, but I didn’t think it was a big deal at the time.”
He did not tell his parents until a few months later, when the feelings of nothingness grew to include thoughts of committing suicide. Those thoughts became overwhelming. The illness would consume his and his parents’ lives over the next year as doctors had Ben try different drugs, different therapies, with several stays in mental health hospitals, all in a search for help that seemed increasingly unlikely to come.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 22, 2016
#ITSOKAYTOTALK Seeks to Raise Suicide Awareness Among Men
Every year, more than 42,000 Americans die by suicide. If you see a selfie that looks like this in your newsfeed, it’s because your friend wants you to know it’s OK to talk.
Men around the world are sharing photos of themselves making the OK hand symbol to raise suicide awareness, as men are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Now men want others to know it’s OK to speak up about mental illness.
The Mighty, August 22, 2016
‘IT’S A SPIRALLING SITUATION’ The rural town where 100 young people have tried to commit suicide since September
Last October a 13-year-old girl hanged herself – and since then more than 100 of Attawapiskat’s 2,000 First Nation people, most of them teenagers, have also tried to kill themselves.
The Sun, August 21, 2016
A new report shows Oklahoma’s suicide rate is 37 percent higher than the national average, but last week the state cut $300,000 from the suicide hotline program.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports suicide rates rose from 12 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 16.6 per 100,000 by 2013. As funding decreases, advocates say now it is more important than ever to “Silence The Stigma” of mental illness in an effort to save lives.
News9.com, August 21, 2016
A Suicidologist’s New Challenge: The George Washington Bridge
For the past 30 years, Dr. Gould has plumbed the depths of despair, searching for ways to prevent what has exploded into one of the most significant public health threats facing young people: suicide. She is one of the country’s leading experts in its prevention and causes, and her research undergirds much of the modern thinking on the topic, including the phenomenon of suicide contagion…
She is also adamant about what she considers the most powerful deterrent of all: depriving people at particular risk of killing themselves of access to the means for doing so. She has urged the authorities to put barriers on bridges and other buildings, something that copious amounts of research show is effective.
The New York Times, August 19, 2016
Suicide attempts and behavioral correlates among a nationally representative sample of school-attending adolescents in the Republic of Malawi
Suicide is among the top causes of adolescent mortality worldwide. While correlates of suicidal behavior are better understood and delineated in upper-income countries, epidemiologic knowledge of suicidal behavior in low-income countries remains scant, particularly in the African continent. The present study sought to add to the epidemiologic literature on suicidal behavior in Africa by examining the behavioral correlates of suicide attempts among Malawi adolescents.
BioMed Central, August 19, 2016
Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Launches Suicide Prevention and Firearm Pilot Program
Pilot Program Supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Project 2025 Goal to Reduce the Annual Suicide Rate 20 Percent by 2025.
According to recently released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all suicides were by firearm in 2014, and suicide accounted for almost two-thirds of gun fatalities in the same year. In addition, 90 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal. To help stem this loss of life, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, is working with representatives from local gun shops, shooting ranges and hunting clubs to educate retailers and the firearm-owning community on suicide prevention and firearms.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Aug. 17, 2016
How work can lead to suicide in a globalised economy
A Paris prosecutor recently called for the former CEO and six senior managers of telecoms provider, France Télécom, to face criminal charges for workplace harassment. The recommendation followed a lengthy inquiry into the suicides of a number of employees at the company between 2005 and 2009. The prosecutor accused management of deliberately “destabilising” employees and creating a “stressful professional climate” through a company-wide strategy of “harcèlement moral” – psychological bullying.
The Conversation, August 16, 2016
GPs’ uncertainty at dealing with those bereaved by suicide revealed
Interviews carried out by The University of Manchester with GPs of parents whose children have died by suicide have revealed a lack of knowledge and confidence on how best to respond to and support those bereaved.
The new study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, explored GPs’ experiences and perceived needs (emotional, practical and training) when caring for parents bereaved by suicide.
Science Daily, August 15, 2016
Prescription drug abuse tied to increased risk of teen suicide
Suicide is a leading cause of death for teens worldwide, and the odds of suicide attempts may be higher when adolescents abuse prescription drugs, a Chinese study suggests.
Reuters, August 15, 2016
A Bullied Staten Island Boy Commits Suicide: Daniel wrote in heartbreaking letter that nobody did anything to help him
A life ended tragically when nobody was there to help a 13-year-old boy from Staten Island, Daniel Fitzpatrick, who was repeatedly bullied at school. He was constantly made fun of because of his weight, as well as his grades at school, but when he begged for help, nobody did anything at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Staten Island, the boy mentioned in his letter.
Inquisitr, August 14, 2016
Military suicide rate ‘a national shame’ as 41 take own lives since start of 2016
Grieving families accuse Australian defence force and Department of Veterans’ Affairs of inadequate support
The Guardian, August 13, 2016
Queer teens are four times more likely to commit suicide, CDC reports
First nationally representative study of queer youth confirms health differencesGay and bisexual high schoolers are four times more likely to have attempted suicide in the past year than their straight classmates, according to the first nationally representative study of queer youth. The new Centers for Disease Control report confirms health differences between LGB and straight teens: far more of the former experience the negative health measures, the study tracks — from physical violence to poor mental health to injecting drugs.
The Verve, August 11, 2016
Suicide Risk May Rise in People Hospitalized with Infections
People who are hospitalized for infections may face an increased risk of dying from suicide, according to a new study that may suggest a biological basis for some suicidal behavior.
Live Science, August 10, 2016
US Veterans’ Suicide Rate Rose 32% Since 2001: Official Data
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Suicide Prevention released a report Wednesday that showed suicide rate among veterans in the country went up by 32 percent from 2001 to 2014. The increase in the suicide rate was a lot more marked among veterans who do not use Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services, especially among female veterans, the report noted.
International Business Times, August 8, 2016
New Clues to Depression Spotted in the Genome: Investigators identify the bad lines of genetic code that may lead to the disease
The battle against depression has always been something of a rearguard action. You can’t prevent it; you can’t really cure it. The best you can do is battle it, often through a lifetime of cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps manage symptoms, and psychotropic medications, which improve mood by manipulating neurotransmitters like serotonin. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.
Time, August 1, 2016
Maryland’s top educators focus on teen suicide: Youth Risk Behavior Survey gives insight on high school students’ feelings
WBALTV, July 26, 2016
Fact Check, Gun Control and Suicide: Statistics do not support a connection between gun control and US suicide rates
Psychology Today, July 24, 2016
U.S. Suicide Rate for People with Epilepsy Exceeds Levels in General Population
Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population overall and estimated that the annual suicide mortality rate among those with epilepsy was 22 percent higher than in the general population. Results are online in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior.
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, July 22, 2016
Does Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Actually Change the Way the Brain Works?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment that focuses on helping patients to better manage their emotions, and develop skills to cope with problems and negative feelings. A primary aim is to lead the patient to stop or reduce behavior that is harmful. DBT was initially created for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and its effectiveness has been proven multiple times with that population.
Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide? A crisis comes into focus
STAT, July 21, 2016
CDC releases preliminary findings on Palo Alto suicide clusters
In light of the recent suicides of several Palo Alto teens, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began an epidemiological study in February 2016 that investigated previous youth suicide clusters. Last week, the CDC released preliminary findings of their study, which revealed that mental health problems, recent crises and problems at school were major factors in the suicides of the 232 youths throughout Santa Clara County the CDC investigated.
The Stanford Daily, July 21, 2016
Screening for suicide risk among publicly insured urban children who are experiencing psychological distress is vitally important, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Science Daily, July 20, 2016
Risk of suicide among OCD patients much higher than previously thought. Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought. In a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, is also shown that the main predictor of suicide in OCD patients is a previous suicide attempt, which offers opportunities for prevention.
The math behind our suicide and guns calculations: In a story today we analyze the relationship between the availability of firearms in the United States and suicide rates. Our main finding is that the suicide rate would likely decline significantly if guns weren’t used so widely by Americans to take their own lives.
The Washington Post, July 13, 2016
Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population
Science Daily, July 12, 2016
U.S. Veterans Commit Suicide at Rate of 20 a Day, VA Says: Twenty military veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S., according to new statistics released Thursday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2016
CDC: Latina Teenage Girls At Highest Risk For Attempting Suicide In U.S.
A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 15 percent of Latina teenagers have attempted suicide, and 25 percent have thought about it.
Houston Public Media, July 5, 2016
The effects of patient suicide on general practitioners
Suicide is a major health problem. In England, around 5,000 people end their own lives annually – that is one death every two hours and at least ten times that number of attempts, according to the Office for National Statistics. Suicide is a tragedy that is life-altering for those bereaved and can be an upsetting event for the community and local services involved.
Oxford University Press, July 5, 2016
Utah officials unsure why youth suicide rate has nearly tripled since 2007
Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since 2007 and is now the leading cause of death among 10- to 17-year-olds in Utah. A state report released this month shows Utah’s youth suicide was 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014, the most recent data available.
In 2007, the rate was 3.0 per 100,000.
Health officials, suicide prevention advocates and educators have been working to curb suicides, but officials don’t know why Utah’s child suicide rate is more than double the national rate and climbing.
The Salt Lake Tribune, July 2, 2016
Girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide must stand trial, court rules
Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a teenage girl must stand trial on a manslaughter charge for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself by sending him dozens of text messages and telling him to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes.
WFXT – Boston, July 2, 2016
Suicide Rates by Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012
In 2012, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among persons aged ≥16 years in the United States, with approximately 40,000 suicide deaths.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 1, 2016
Suicide Prevention Resources Center
Resources and Programs, July 1, 2015
Teen Bullies And Their Victims Both Face A Higher Risk Of Suicide Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk. That’s according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.
NPR, June 28, 2016
The Suicidal Brain: Studying differences in the brains of suicide attempters and depressed individuals who never attempt suicide may help in developing better treatments. Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a sobering new finding: Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among teenagers, with nearly 2,000 taking their own lives annually. That contributes to a rising incidence of suicide among the wider population, which sees roughly 40,000 Americans take their lives each year. In 2014, there were 12.93 suicides per 100,000 people, up from 10.9 in 2005, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists suicide as the tenth leading cause of death nationally.
Undark.org, June 28, 2016
Suicide Now 2nd Leading Cause Of Death Among IL Youth
Springfield, Ill. Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among young people in Illinois and across the country, according to new research published today. The report, titled “Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents,” updates an American Academy of Pediatrics report from 2007, when suicide was the third-leading cause of death for people age 15 to 19. The new research lists bullying and internet use as big risk factors for that age group.
104.1 WIKY, June 27, 2016
Why scientists think your social media posts can help prevent suicide
Take a moment to look at your emoji keyboard. Scroll through the angry face, ghost, stiletto, doughnut, flashlight and cigarette until you reach the hearts. There it is: love. Amid the mundane and humorous, those vibrant, colorful little shapes can easily become a rapid-fire display of affection to a friend, parent or partner. But notice, too, the broken and blue hearts, and their restrained reminders of sadness, loneliness or grief.
Mashable, June 26, 2016
UMass researcher receives grant to prevent suicide in young people. In 2012, the state recorded 624 suicides compared to 135 homicides. From 2009 through 2013, the suicide rate among Massachusetts youth from 10 to 24 years of age increased 62 percent, from 3.9 to 6.3 per 100,000 persons. And it is that group that Researchers at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, are particularly trying to help.
MassLive, June 25, 2016
Crisis Text Line takes suicide prevention into the age of texting. The hardest part for Lily Rayne was feeling alone. Rayne is deaf and didn’t grow up with sign language. When she had suicidal thoughts, she couldn’t communicate or sign with a trained professional or a therapist. Nor could she pick up a phone to call a crisis hotline.
USA TODAY, June 25, 2016
As I See It: How we talk about suicide matters. When the media covers each individual suicide, this informs the community about the deaths but does little to reduce the pain for individuals who are suicidal, their families, and friends. We know that individuals who have lost peer or family members to suicide are at higher risk themselves. When a suicide occurs, it is important to focus on those left behind and offer them hope and resources.
Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 24, 2016
Hanson Walk planned in memory of teen lost to suicide. Eighth-grader Sam Andrews played Little League, had his heart set on studying engines and mechanics in high school, and loved riding dirt bikes. “He was always working on something in the garage. He was a very sweet kid, had a great sense of humor,” his father, Phil Andrews, 43, recalled recently. On May 11, Sam, a handsome, energetic 14-year-old who attended Hanson Middle School, took his own life.
The Enterprise, June 23, 2016
Canada’s Christian Doctors Fight Assisted Suicide Law. Christian doctors across Canada are standing against a government regulation they say forces them to take part in assisted suicide and euthanasia.
CBN News, June 23, 2016
The Suicide Project is a website devoted to allowing people to share their stories of desperation and depression… and ultimately of hope. We hope that by allowing people to share their stories of despair with one another, they can find a reason to live, a reason to survive another minute. Another hour. Another day.
California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious? At what point can we say that a life no longer matters? Is it at the point when medical expenses become too costly or burdensome for relatives? Is it at the point when someone feels they have outlived their usefulness, or are just not able to do the things they love to do anymore?
Population Research Institute, June 22, 2016
Brownley’s bill to help prevent suicide among female veterans moves to president’s desk. The House passed a measure Tuesday evening aimed at finding and implementing the best ways to prevent suicide by female military veterans. It is now headed to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Ventura County Star, June 22, 2016
Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention Construction is one of the top nine industries at risk for suicide. As such, it is an industry imperative to shatter the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our companies.
CFMA, June, 2016
Why is the Yakima Valley’s suicide rate so high? On April 6, 2008, Willeena George got the worst phone call of her life: Her 16-year-old son Dominique Nappo hanged himself in his grandparents’ basement.
Yakima Herald, June 22, 2o16
Canada Doesn’t Want to Be a ‘Suicide Tourism’ Destination
New York Magazine, Science of Us, June 21, 2016
Against suicide, a century of little progress: Federal report reinforces need for more research, Nock says. Professor Matthew K. Nock directs the Nock Lab at Harvard’s Department of Psychology, where he researches suicide and self-injury.
Harvard Gazette, June 21, 2016
Untreated depression a big factor in cases like Brockton murder-suicide: The expert said untreated depression is the biggest factor in murder-suicides
Taunton Gazette, June 20, 2016
Researchers Study New Ways to Treat Suicide Risk: The drug ketamine shows promise in early study as doctors work to address the symptoms suicidal patients exhibit
The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2016
Christchurch teenager depressed and ‘muddled’ after losing 10 friends to suicide, four in car crashes: A teenager who has lost 10 friends to suicide in recent years, and four more in car crashes, started stealing after becoming depressed and “muddled”
Stuff.co.nz, June 20, 2016
Social workers adopt new national policy on suicide prevention thanks to Waterloo students: ‘I had no idea that message would go to the national level,’ student Natasha Ekelman says
“Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal”
New York Times, June 14, 2016
“As Suicide Rates Rise, Scientists Find New Warning Signs: Computer algorithms, biomarkers and other advanced techniques help flag trouble earlier.”
Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2016
Matthew K. Nock, psychology professor at Harvard and one of the country’s leading suicide researchers is quoted in this article. Professor Nock was a participant – along with several of his colleagues – in our 2015 Overnight Walk in Boston.
“U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High”
New York Times, April 22, 2016