Counselor Abraham Samaniego is currently seeing about 45 patients up to twice a week. He can relate to some of his patients because he once attempted suicide.
More than anything else, mental health treatment is a move against self-destruction. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, the leading cause of death for men under 35, and the leading cause of death for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 worldwide. Here you will find some of the latest research on factors that influence suicide rates and suicidal behavior, as well as deeply personal accounts of those who have grappled with this human tragedy.
“These grants are an important step in not only providing life-saving help to those who urgently need it, but in raising public awareness that suicide is one of our nation’s most devastating public health problems,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
Some people think suicide is a cowardly or selfish act, but carrying it out is far from easy. Forming the foundations of all life is the urge to survive. Something catastrophic must happen to rob someone of their will to live, convincing them that death is the only thing that can end their torment.
It is one thing to hear in the abstract that America suffers from a stubbornly high rate of suicide and suicide attempts. But when it hits home—as it did for me years ago when a young neighbor, struggling with serious mental illness, died from suicide—we realize we have to ask some tough questions.
A conference held in conjunction with Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day drew mental health professionals and lay people to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital where they learned about the biology of the suicidal brain, how genetics are involved, and ways one can support a deeply depressed individual.
“Boys aren’t meant to even cry, but I can assure you I’ve seen plenty of them do it – and I’ve even been to that point myself,” Wally Newman, a farmer for over 40 years, says as he vows to do his bit to tackle the high suicide rates in rural WA.
As they investigated the reasons for this troubling rise, the team of American researchers uncovered new insights into the risk factors that put fellow citizens at a greater risk of suicide attempts.
At present, British society is uncomfortable with making the individual tragedies of suicide into a case for collective change. Considering suicide as a problem of the young allows us to tell ourselves a simplified story where despair is a passing personal crisis rather than an endemic condition.
We can all easily understand that suicide is a mental health issue. However, if we only view suicide through the mental health lens, society will be very limited in its ability to change the issue.
According to the latest figures from the Center for Disease Control, men are responsible for 76.92 percent of all completed suicides. Basically, about four out of every five completed suicides is a guy.
Evidenced by elevated rates of depression and suicide, Northeast Texas residents generally have poorer mental health than elsewhere in the state, new research has found. A lack of treatment facilities is among the reasons. mental health in East Texas
Counseling and Mental Health Center addresses current mental health issues during annual Suicide Prevention Week
Kelsey Lammy, Counseling and Mental Health Center’s mental health promotion coordinator, said this year’s Suicide Prevention Week theme is community, and is intended to foster an environment in which students take care of each other, especially in the context of current events.
About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17 per cent) are residents of India.
Chirlane McCray is using music to try to dispel stigmas surrounding mental illness. McCray, wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, launched a video campaign with Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore to start spreading her message on Sunday ― World Suicide Prevention Day.
In the UK, there has been a particular focus on suicides of people serving time in prison. Figures from the Ministry of Justice showed 119 people died by suicide in prison in England and Wales in 2016 – a record number. Yet offenders serving probation sentences often fall under the radar.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. To those in the healthcare community and countless mental health and substance abuse allies, suicide prevention is a year-round mission.
I recently reached out to Brandon and Katie to learn more about them, The Jedi Counsel, and explore how their work intersects with Crisis Centers, suicide prevention, and what we can learn from media and pop culture.
Emerging evidence suggests school-based mental health services are urgently needed to protect against suicidal thoughts among transgender students.
Without integrated care and intersectoral collaboration, it will continue to be difficult to prevent suicide in people with substance use disorders.
The new David’s law took effect on September 1st. It adds protections relating to cyberbullying and cyberabuse of students. The law was named after sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio who was so tortured by online bullies, he killed himself.
“It’s a serious matter. It’s not something you can just forget ― that you can just brush off. It’s lingering. It cuts into peoples’ thoughts about their place on this planet,” Lydia Li told HuffPost. “[Race] might be a social construct, but discrimination really does affect peoples’ lives.”
Japan — which places huge emphasis on academic success — has the highest suicide rate among the Group of Seven industrialized nations, with more than 20,000 people taking their own lives annually.
Regardless of age, psychotic experiences can increase the likelihood that a person will think about, plan, and/or attempt suicide, according to a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry.
It’s not just a badge of honor: deputies want us to see it as a sign of compassion, that they are here when we need them most. El Paso County Deputy Rachel Lamb recently responded to a call at a local home. A man, who was suicidal, didn’t want to come outside.
Otherwise healthy people who experience hallucinations or delusions are more likely to have later suicidal thoughts or attempts, an international study has found.
Suicide and self-harm is the leading cause of death for indigenous Canadians up to the age of 44. Selena Randhawa talks to young First Nations people about the shocking deprivation and deep despair that lie behind this epidemic.