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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12 Tips to Remedy Seasonal Depression

By Judy Carter on September 26, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
As fall comes, so do the fall blues. Maybe that's why they picked September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Here are 12 tips on how to ward off seasonal depression.

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.
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Why Should You Write Your Memoir?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to decide whether to write your memoir? One reason people write their memoirs is because they feel they've got a story to tell and only they can tell it.

Help Your College Student Combat a Major Danger: Depression

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 25, 2016 in College Wellness
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

"Daddy, Can I Die and Make the Pain Stop?"

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on September 22, 2016 in The Older Dad
Some young children think about suicide, but adults often never hear the cry for help.

How My Experience With Suicide Defined the Path of My Career

By Douglas G Jacobs M.D. on September 20, 2016 in Screening for Health
About 70 percent of individuals tell someone or give warning signs before taking their own life. Find out how you can take action to help a friend or loved one in need.

Unspeakables

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
What would you say to your mirror that you couldn't say to any person?

5 Things We Can All Do to Help Stop Suicide

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Compassion Matters
The suicidal state is almost always transient and temporary. If we intervene and get people the help they need, we can help save lives. To do this, we must educate ourselves.

How the Immune System Influences Suicidality

Many biological and environmental factors contribute to suicidal behaviors. Factors that stimulate the brain’s immune responses may increase the risk of suicide.

Resting in Peace

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Three Core Tenets at the Heart of Suicide Prevention

By Christopher Bergland on September 11, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11, 2016. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has pinpointed three core tenets at the heart of suicide prevention.

The Terrorist Attacks of September 11 as Psychological Toxin

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 11, 2016 in On Call
…and their long-lasting and serious side-effects.

Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.

Humans of New York Takes on Veteran Mental Health

“I realized that there’d soon be a point in time when we’d lost more Marines to suicide than to enemy action.” This truth isn’t new. But it’s getting a lot of new attention.

Semicolon Punctuates Mental Health Awareness

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
This global non-profit movement is dedicated to providing support for those struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.

Scaling the Walls of Weight Loss

By Kristin Meekhof on September 07, 2016 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
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When Suicide Hits Home

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 06, 2016 in Cravings
A child's suicide leaves his family with a jumble of emotions mixed with grief. Here's how one mother is trying to cope.

Sadness Is Different From Depression

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Sadness is different from depression, but it can be hard to tell them apart when you are in the middle of a very sad time in your life.

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that people tend to become happier as they age. Unfortunately, younger people are less happy than ever. This post offers insights for people of all ages.

Dear Parent, Call Me With Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

Suicide in Cancer Patients

Not surprisingly, suicide is an avenue of escape for more cancer patients than an equal cohort of their healthy counterparts. The cancer team must be alert to subtle warnings.

The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

Talking With Kids About Suicide

How do you talk with kids about death when the death you want to talk about is a suicide?
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb about MST, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape. Here is Part 2 of our interview.

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Do Suicide Squad Villains Harley and Joker Defy Diagnosis?

The film Suicide Squad toys with the question of whether Harley is genuinely "crazy" or merely putting on an act, but does it suggest any realistic answer?
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb, L.C.S.W., about Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape.
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Terrorist Assisted Suicide

We need to talk about the difference between terrorism and depression.