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

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

By Judy Foreman on November 24, 2015 A Nation in Pain
Chronic pain significantly increases the danger.

Work and Suicide

The specter of suicide looms large for white males in our struggling economy.

An Epidemic of Suicides

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Hidden Motives
Why are suicide rates rising so rapidly in the U.S.?

An Epidemic of Hopelessness?

Depression and suicide are on the rise, while life spans decline. Part of the reason is our politics.

Robin Williams Was Driven to Suicide by Dementia

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 07, 2015 Open Gently
The beloved comic died of a disease that possibly could have been managed.

Don't Let Recent Events Cause Panic at the Airport

The news is disturbing. If we keep it out of awareness, we feel better. But, avoided concerns can catch up with us. If they hit all at once as we board a flight, panic may result. We are better off if we deal with disturbing news as it happens.

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

Why are so many middle-aged white Americans self-destructing?

How Common Is Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 03, 2015 Hide and Seek
Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

A Curious Case of Depression

A young adult male comes in reporting weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, and depression so severe he's requesting "shock therapy." Where does one begin with such difficult cases?

One Woman’s Suicide Reignites Right-to-Die Debate

Assisted suicide relieves unmanageable suffering for some

How Not to Tell Your Story

Anyone can put up a slide deck full of statistics, but what truly resonates and makes an impact on individuals, organizations, and systems is often a very well-told personal story. Stories, not stats, motivate change.

Top Apps for Your Mental Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 How To Do Life
SmartPhone apps and YouTube channels that can help you with anxiety, habit formation, depression, addiction, OCD, even suicide.

Serial Killer Ghosts

October brings ghost stories, and among the tales of the dead who return are several serial killers.

Two Serious Issues New Therapists Miss

By Kimberly Key on October 15, 2015 Counseling Keys
Depression rates for American adults increased from 3.33 percent to 7.06 percent from 1991 through 2002 and is considered a worldwide epidemic by the World Health Organization. Highly comorbid with this are two serious issues (suicide and addiction) that therapists often miss.

Which #BlackLivesMatter?

Does suicide forfeit a person’s right to be fully cherished and pain acknowledged? If a community deems suicide an act of weakness, are those beliefs the point of intervention? Let's talk suicide in the Black community.

What Drives Our Dumb and Disorganized Mental Health Policies

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 13, 2015 Saving Normal
In a rational world, the real needs of the mentally ill would be identified and addressed in an efficient and cost effective way. Those who need care would receive it. Those who don't, wouldn't. Unfortunately, policy in the United States is based mostly on profit, political power, and ideology, producing terrible outcomes that are anything but rational.

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

Are today's young people more anxious and depressed, or does it just seem that way?

Venus and Iris

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 How To Do Life
A children's story but not really. How much should we sacrifice for love? And are there different expectations for men and for women?

Male Suicide: The Silent Epidemic

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 How To Do Life
There's a serious gender gap in suicide.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

There are as many reasons for killing oneself as there are for killing other people.

Christopher Harper-Mercer fits the profile

By Clark McCauley Ph.D. on October 03, 2015 Friction
Could we have predicted violence from Christopher Harper-Mercer?

Inside The Mind of the Mass Killer

Knoll wonders if the true solution to mass murder might involve a three pronged approach - better media responsibility over reporting these incidents, tighter gun regulation and improved mental health services.

A Profile of Oregon's Pseudocommando Killer

Dr. Park Dietz has identified three types of mass murderers—family annihilators, pseudocommandos, and set-and-run killers. The killer who targeted people at Umpqua Community College was a classic pseudocommando.

Detection and Management of Depression and Bipolar Disease

By Julie K. Hersh on October 01, 2015 Struck By Living
On September 1, 2015, the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern under the direction of Dr. Madhukar Trivedi was officially launched. Dr. Trivedi, an internationally recognized expert in depression and mood disorders, received the 2015 American Psychiatric Association Award for Research, the Association’s most significant award for research.

The Tipping Point and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Shadow Boxing
What's it like to befriend a serial killer? Martha Elliott offers her no-holds-barred account.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

By Richard Taite on September 29, 2015 Ending Addiction for Good
The most important thing to remember is that while you have no control over what an individual ultimately decides, your calm and concern can save their life.

Fear the Walking Dead: Can Brain Parasites Make Us Zombies?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 28, 2015 Psych Unseen
Can brain infections really turn us into zombies? Research with the human brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii suggests that yes, maybe they can.

Truth, Beauty, and Social Media

How do I know when someone's telling the truth? The posts make me uncomfortable. Sometimes I physically squirm. Sometimes I hold back tears. Sometimes I don’t want to push “Like.”