Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repurcussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 36,000 people in the U.S. kill themselves every year, according to a 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although most federally-funded suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, recent years have seen a spike in rates among middle-aged people. Men seem to be especially at risk, and have nearly four times the suicide rate as women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being the highest risk groups.

Recent Posts on Suicide

Suicide Rate Increases: What's Behind the Numbers?

A new report from the CDC reveals a 24-percent increase in suicide in the United States. But why?

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

The Science of Violence

By R. Douglas Fields on April 27, 2016 The New Brain
A leading cause of death throughout the prime of life is not disease. It is violence.

The Internet Suicide Minefield

What makes some young people vulnerable to pro-suicide messages online? A new research study provides answers.

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

Sobering News on Suicide

The Internet has not lived up to its promise as a suicide prevention tool

Teen Suicide: Parents Guard Your Daughters

The newest suicide rates are just out and the results suggest that an epidemic of suicide among the nation’s young teenage girls is in course.

After the Death of Dr. Rose Polge - Who Cares for Doctors?

The suicide rate in female doctors was higher than in the general population, but the rate in male doctors was lower.

If You Want To Fix Kids' Problems, Let the Kids Lead

Here are five lessons I've learned for tackling serious problems that young people experience.

How Not to Respond to Campus Suicides

By calling a young woman's death an accident, Penn missed an important learning opportunity.

Teen Screen: All or None?

By Susan Noonan MD on April 16, 2016 View From the Mist
Strong arguments for and against depression screening for teens appear in a WSJ discussion this week. Where do you stand?

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Invisible Illness

Traumatic brain injury is one of the major causes of death and disability in the U.S. Are those who endure it at risk for suffering long-term psychological distress?

How Does MIT Prevent Suicide?

It’s an age-old question if the high-pressure environments of our nation’s best institutions of higher learning contribute to greater suicide risk or rates.

It's Killing Us: Why Neglecting Boys Hurts Girls Too

It is my strong belief that a major reason we have not given youth suicides and ODs the attention they deserve is because they are more of a male problem than a female one.

The Psychology Behind The Brussels Terrorists

It appears that a puritanical orientation—restraining the population’s gratification and enjoyment of life—promotes terrorism.

Tips on Identifying Suicide Risk in Black Youth

Suicide is a serious mental health concern. It often occurs along with symptoms of depression which can be treated with therapy.However, many are reluctant to seek help.

My Family Is a Mess and I Want to Kill Myself

How to handle stress and suicidal feelings

Trump: A Risk Assessment Perspective

A Trump Presidency would be risking catastrophe.

Smartphone Responses to Suicide, Depression and Rape: #Fail

A new study examines smartphone answers to hard questions like suicide, rape and depression. They do a bad job. But what are the ethical issues if we 'teach' them to answer?

Non-Offending Pedophiles Suffer From Isolation

Anonymous, online peer support is often the only resource available for non-offenders.

Beyond Columbine - A Conversation With Sue Klebold

I asked Sue Klebold: 1. Tell me about Dylan 2. When you think of "If only" what comes to mind 3. When you think of stopping school violence, "What if..."

Mandatory Reporting of Pilot Mental Health: Will It Work?

The problem at Germanywings was not the failure to identify a troubled pilot. The problem was failure to maintain two or more people in the cockpit at all times.

Addiction to Suicide Websites

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 In Excess
In 2011, William Melchart-Dinkel was convicted of persuading two people he met online to commit suicide and of having a “suicide fetish.” But is it really an addiction or fetish?

The Optimist

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 05, 2016 How To Do Life
A short-short story about a person who saw the glass 7/8 full.

Saving Lives at Suicide Hotspots

Many iconic landmarks are also suicide hotspots. Do on-site prevention efforts really work or do they just spoil the view and lead people to go elsewhere. A new study weighs in.

Walking the Walk of Mental Illness

By Julie K. Hersh on March 03, 2016 Struck By Living
How can one rebuild after a relapse of depression and the loss of a friend?

How to Help a Friend Who’s Suicidal

It's emotionally heavy to carry a crisis, to walk around like it’s just a regular day when you’re actually thinking about whether someone you care about will take their life.

Two Secrets Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

How to help your doctor help you

The Mystery of the Mummified Mom

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 21, 2016 Shadow Boxing
Professional cooperation among diverse forensic disciplines can solve complex human mysteries.

Rob Roberge: Seven Lies I Told Myself About My Addiction

By Jennifer Haupt on February 13, 2016 One True Thing
After being diagnosed with a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living, drugs, and concussions, Rob Roberge became terrified of losing his identity.