Suicide, or ending one's own life, is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 44,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Although many suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, the highest number of suicides in the U.S. in 2015 occurred among people ages 45 to 54. Men are especially at risk, with a suicide rate approximately four times higher than that of 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

Update on Aaron Hernandez: Brain Injuries Led to Tragedy

By Rita Watson MPH on September 21, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
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By Stephen Gray Wallace on September 21, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
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By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
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By Georgia Ede MD on September 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
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Emotional Contagions

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
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By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
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By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Compassion Matters
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By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
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By Izzy Kalman on August 30, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
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By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on August 29, 2017 in On Call
Can a rap song help save a life? Yes, when it's '1-800-273-8255’

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By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
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By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Rethinking Men
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
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By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
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