Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repurcussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 42,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Although most federally-funded suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, recent years have seen a spike in rates among middle-aged people. Men are especially at risk, with a suicide rate nearly 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

Thinking About Divorce or Suicide? Stop it! For 6 Months

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 14, 2017 in Full Living
Neither divorce nor suicidality is the easy way out, but first we must consider every vehicle, every effort, every courageous act to save what is most precious.

Physician Assisted Suicide - a type of Euthanasia

Physician Assisted Suicide is but a subdivision of euthanasia, and as quality of death becomes a more relevant societal issue, legal and political pressure for it will grow.

Suicidal Behavior in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

Brain abnormalities and suicidality in bipolar disordered young.
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The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Suicide

College is often said to be among the best times of our lives. Yet today college students are seriously stressed and have few mental health resources. Suicide is a serious risk.

Self-Injury Mortality: A Deadly Crisis

The number of deaths resulting from self-injury is staggering and growing. Over 70% of these deaths occur in people less than 55 years old.
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Five Management Approaches to Workplace Violence Prevention

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Companies can stop workplace violence if they follow these five steps.
K. Ramsland

Crime, Gore and So Much More

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The Museum of Death in New Orleans offers exhibits that educate.

3 Strategies to Talk With Kids About Suicidal Thoughts

There is no age limit for suicidal thoughts. Parents and healthcare professionals can learn to talk openly and safely with children about suicide.

After the Germanwings Crash

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A psychological autopsy into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the co-pilot who was responsible.

Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on February 14, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Do bubble wrap and special snowflake myths distract us from the realities today's students face? A biopsychosocial lens can help us find ways to cultivate agility and resilience.

Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

Have you been affected by a suicide this year?
Markus Spiske

Falling to Pieces

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
How to process the permanence of loss? Of course, there are the well-known stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression (or despair) and, ultimately, perhaps, acceptance.

Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Talking About Men
Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?

The Medical-Military Mindset

Denying depression and suicide ideation
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Was it Really a Suicide?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A new book shows investigators how to interpret seemingly innocent 911 calls that might actually be from a killer.

The Importance of Speaking Out About Suicide

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on February 01, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
We can prevent suicide by being vigilant about friends and loved ones, and willing to openly discuss mental illness.

What Constitutes a Rational Immigration Policy?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
The debate regarding the optimal immigration policy has been hijacked by rhetoric at the two extremes of the relevant continuum. Let's find the rational and sane middle ground.

A New Kind of Clairvoyance

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Your digital behavior now lets others predict your future

10 Things to Consider When Someone You Love Has Depression

Do you know or love someone who struggles with depression? Here are ten things to consider about their situation.

Did breastfeeding pressure lead a new mother to suicide?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on January 21, 2017 in Push Back
How much suffering will it take before we repudiate the pressure tactics of breastfeeding advocates?

When a Loved One Threatens Suicide

There are no easy answers, but facing the reality of loss sometimes works better than trying too hard to prevent it.

Help! I Think My Kid is Gay

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Support for parents and youth

If Norwegians Had Guns When Breivik Showed Up, Then What?

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on January 14, 2017 in Statistical Life
Promoting America's free-wheeling gun culture in Norway might have stopped Breivik, but it would have made up for it by more than tripling Norway's gun-related death rate.

Depression Takes a Heavy Toll on Your Heart, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The latest findings of a 10 year study show that depression can be just as hard on your heart as obesity or high cholesterol.

The True Odds of Shooting a Bad Guy With a Gun

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Statistical Life
Two out of three people who use a gun use it to shoot themselves. If you buy a gun and you feel the need to use it, duck!

The Creepiness of Japan's "Suicide Forest"

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Folklore has it that the spirits of people who have killed themselves in the forest call others who are sad to the place and then lure them deep into the woods.
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Mentoring Kids in Distress

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.
Dawid Zawiła

A Moment in Time

By Stephen Gray Wallace on January 01, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Some might suggest that, today, we stand at a moment of decision – at least with regard to the futures of our children.

Allergies and Self-injury

Both suicide and self-harm have seasonal peaks, with highest rates in the springtime. Pollen may be one of the environmental factors accounting for this link.

Your Teen Has Suicidal Thoughts—How Worried Should You Be?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 27, 2016 in Open Gently
Insomnia and loss of appetite are warning signs.