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

Mad Love: Personality Disorders in Harley Quinn & the Joker

Do the Joker and Harley Quinn display common symptoms of personality disorders?

Anomic Homicide

How can a profound disconnection from others foster the rationale for homicide? And what can we do to change this?

Fact Check, Gun Control and Suicide

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in The New Brain
The facts do not support the Washington Post argument that stricter gun control will lower U.S. suicide rates 20-38 percent.

The Beautiful Randomness of the Band Suicide

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brick by Brick
When describing hardcore punk music, Lester Bangs wrote that “hardcore is the womb.”
L. Pettler

Staging Murder

Investigative consultant describes how homicides get staged as other types of death incidents, and urges law enforcement to pay attention.

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

By Stanton Peele on July 14, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

Failed Mental Health App Highlights Pitfalls of Social Media

When social media pits privacy against mental health, ethical concerns arise.

The Talk You Must Have Before Your Kid Goes to College

Getting your child ready for college doesn’t just mean arranging dorms and paying tuition, it means having an upfront talk about mental health.

Summer Is the Most Depressing Time of the Year

Taking your own life because you hurt inside isn’t a good enough reason, because help can almost always be found.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

How to Practice Talking About Suicide Loss

You can decide how you want to tell your story of loss, so others can listen, and so you can feel supported in the way you deserve.

Baby Boomers Have Shorter Lifespans

By Kimberly Key on June 17, 2016 in Counseling Keys
While increasing numbers of the Great Generation are living past 100, Baby Boomers are facing earlier deaths at alarming rates, making Millennials the largest population group.

The Protest of "Me Before You"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on June 07, 2016 in Reel Therapy
"Me Before You" seems to be about disability, makes a comment on patient assisted suicide, and shows how depressed characters can dampen entertainment quality in cinema...

To Live and Die in America

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on June 07, 2016 in Time Out
The suicide rate has risen 24% in the past 15 years. Our national narrative may bear some of the blame.

Predictors of Online Sex and Porn Consumption

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Without Prejudice
US states with greater religiosity or conservatism conduct more searches for sexual content. Yet religious people consider porn addiction more problematic than racism or guns.
K. Ramsland

Academic Stress and Aggression

In light of the recent murder-suicide on a college campus, we ponder why someone believes such acts make sense.
Reproduced form Case and Deaton (see footnote)

Middle-aged Americans are Dying Younger: Why?

A group of Americans are dying earlier than they used to do. This bucks the trend in other countries, and in America in other groups. Why is this? Can anything be done?

Jon Mills Finds His Answers

Jon Mills was put on this earth to pursue his athletic goals and to help people do the same. But it took a long time for Mills to find his purpose...

Slanted Eyes

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on May 24, 2016 in Minority Report
"At a school where Asian Americans were allegedly labelled 'too smart' and mocked for their 'slanted eyes,' Emilie seemed to feel alienated."

Why Are More Young Girls Killing Themselves?

Suicide rates have tripled among 10 to 14 year old girls during the last 15 years. What is going on? Several possible factors underlie this disturbing trend.

Who Pays for Mental Illness?

Estimated costs of schizophrenia in the U.S. were $155 billion in 2013. Only 1/4 of costs were for health care for the mentally ill. What accounts for the remaining $117 billion?

Imagine Me Gone

Despite popular myths about seasonality of suicides, rates actually spike in late spring and early summer rather than during the holidays or in the depths of winter.

Thorough Recovery From Depression

By Peter D Kramer on May 19, 2016 in In Practice
Treating depression, clinicians aim for very thorough responses—few remaining symptoms. A current study finds that, compared to psychotherapy, medication more often does that job.

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.

Is the Epidemic of Teenage Suicide Caused by Depression?

Today, the chatter on personal devices is about depression, sometimes about suicidal thoughts. Young girls in particular are batting this stuff about on Facebook, and acting on it.
R. Franscell

Death Sleuthing 101

Famed medical examiner advocate of science offers biographical/medical book about significant cases in which he has participated.

Silent Scream

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
The quiet alienation inside many people.

Are Tattered American Dreams Destroying Our Nation's Psyche?

Why are Americans self-destructing in record numbers? Tattered American Dreams and malcontent may be driving our nation's suicide epidemic and opioid addictions.

What Every Parent Should Know About College Student Suicide

By Marcia Morris M.D. on May 05, 2016 in College Wellness
One suicide can lead to another, particularly for someone close to the victim.

Can Celebrity Suicides Lead to Copycat Deaths?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research explores the cognitive roots of suicide contagion.