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Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Suicide Epidemic: Social, Economic Or Both?

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it’s not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there’s been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

July 17, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after a rally with supporters in Billings, Montana, U.S. May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Vince Foster’s Sister In Wash. Post: “Trump Should Be Ashamed” For Pushing Murder Conspiracy Theory

The sister of late White House deputy counsel Vince Foster wrote a Washington Post op-ed strongly condemning presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for reviving the conspiracy theory that the Clintons killed her brother.

May 27, 2016

U.S. Suicide Rate Has Increased 24 Percent Since 1999

The most dramatic increase was seen among girls aged 10 to 14; in a decade and half, the rate of suicide in this age group went up 200 percent.

April 23, 2016
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Suicide Attempts Increase Among Refugees

Some refugees and migrants who are facing deportation from Greece to Turkey under a new deal to help stem the flow of people seeking asylum in Europe would rather kill themselves than risk returning to the Middle East, according to multiple media reports.

April 7, 2016
Demonstrators hold signs of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, both of whom died in custody, during a rally against police violence in New York

Texas Grand Jury Resumes Investigation Into Arrest, Death Of Sandra Bland

The grand jury has already concluded that no felony was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in connection with Bland’s death.

January 7, 2016
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California Senate Passes Assisted-Suicide Bill

California could join five other states in legalizing assisted suicide for dying patients.

June 5, 2015
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Investigators: Germanwings Co-Pilot Tested Descent On Earlier Flight

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz tested descents on earlier flights prior to crashing Germanwings flight 4U 9525.

May 6, 2015

A Mother Joins Others Breaking The Silence On Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is still considered a private matter. Maybe we ought to rethink that.

March 10, 2015

Keeping Native Kids’ Despair At Bay In Small Alaska Town

Community outreach stems suicides while encouraging traditions among native Alaskan teens.

February 25, 2015

Most Recent School Shooting Shows Need To Reach Troubled Teens Online

Researchers and organizations are targeting social media sites as possible points of outreach for troubled teens.

November 5, 2014

G.I. Joe Photo Exhibit Brings To Life Real Plight Of Struggling Veterans

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif — These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point. Mark Pinto hopes the […]

September 16, 2014

Student Suicide: School Says Bullying Policy ‘Fully Enforced’

By Tiffany Walden, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a boy who killed himself at school last week held an emotional news conference Monday to speak about ongoing bullying before their son’s death. Hours later, school officials released a statement addressing the allegations. Lamar Hawkins, 14, fatally shot himself Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes […]

September 15, 2014

Robin Williams’s Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay — Reports

Los Angeles (AFP) — The cremated remains of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead on August 11 after an apparent suicide, were spread in San Francisco Bay, U.S. news media reports. According to Williams’s death certificate, published by the celebrity gossip site Radar Online, Williams was cremated on August 12, one day after his personal […]

August 22, 2014

Ranting On Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposed A Hole In His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message. This is an old dodge for Limbaugh. Yet however he parses his language, there can be no doubt that he sought to exploit a tragic […]

August 14, 2014

Robin Williams Was In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday. Susan Schneider also said Williams’ sobriety was intact as “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as […]

August 14, 2014

Officials Defend Release Of Graphic Robin Williams Suicide Details

Los Angeles Times Marin County, Calif., officials are defending their decision to release graphic details about Robin Williams’ suicide. They have faced some criticism on social media for a press conference Tuesday in which officials laid out how Williams died and how he was found. An official with the sheriff’s office said the release of […]

August 14, 2014

Robin Williams’ Death Makes Public The Usually Private Agony Of Suicide

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why? Now, in the wake of the news that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, an entire world linked by […]

August 13, 2014

Robin Williams Hanged Himself In Bedroom With A Belt, Sheriff Says

By James Queally, Los Angeles Times Actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself after first apparently trying to slash one of his wrists, authorities said Tuesday. Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom, where he was found by his personal assistant shortly before […]

August 12, 2014

Tributes For Robin Williams After Apparent Suicide

By Veronique Dupont Los Angeles (AFP) — Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation, and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the […]

August 12, 2014

Port Taking Steps To Thwart GWB Jumpers

By Christopher Maag, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Of the dead we know so little. Their names, usually. The clothes they wore. That they lost hope, and where. Richard Elliot Stone was one of the latest; he jumped off the George Washington Bridge on July 20, just before sunset. We know he wore […]

July 30, 2014

Smoking May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself too? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously […]

July 18, 2014

Indian Cousins Found Hanging From Tree After Gang-Rape: Police

Lucknow (India) (AFP) – Two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said Thursday. A postmortem report indicated that the cousins from the low-caste Dalit community, aged 14 and 15, hanged themselves late Tuesday after being attacked in a village […]

May 29, 2014

At Least 13 Killed In A Suicide Attack In Afghanistan

By Subel Bhandari and Najeebullah Hazem KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 13 people, among them the two perpetrators, were killed and scores of others were injured Thursday in a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan’s relatively peaceful province of Panjsher. “A suicide attack occurred at the entrance gate of Panjsher province. 11 people were killed, including […]

May 1, 2014

Photo Of The Day — March 31

Jeff Hensley of Frisco, Texas, a retired Navy fighter pilot who fought in both Iraq wars, places American flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014, representing the 1,892 veterans and service members who have died by suicide this year. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

March 31, 2014

Veterans Demand Action To Address Suicide Spike In Their Ranks

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former Marine Corporal Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kansas, to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who took their own lives. Retired Navy Commander Jeff Hensley, a jet fighter pilot […]

March 27, 2014