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.

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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in How To Do Life
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Killer's Remorse

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A recent interview with Steven Dean Gordon raises the issue of whether a serial killer can feel genuine remorse.

World Health Day: Unmasking Male Depression

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on April 07, 2017 in Talking About Men
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Male Rape Victims Face Difficulty Finding Support

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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.

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Five Management Approaches to Workplace Violence Prevention

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
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By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
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By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Media Spotlight
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By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on February 14, 2017 in Reset 24/7
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By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
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Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Talking About Men
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By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
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The Importance of Speaking Out About Suicide

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on February 01, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
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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.