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Chris Cornell: A Shocking Tragedy or a Preventable Loss?

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When singer Chris Cornell was found dead by suicide last week, there was a tangible feeling of shock mixed in with the deep sadness of losing someone who has touched the hearts and souls of so many. Suicide is always as much a surprise as it is a tragedy, but even those closest to the […]

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Eating Disorders Can Be Deadly

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Eating disorders are the most deadly class of mental illness a person can live with. Not only can the effects of an eating disorder like anorexia or binge eating disorder take a life-threatening toll on a person’s body, but those who live with these disorders also face a high risk for suicide. September is Suicide […]

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Almost 10 Million Adults Considered Suicide In The Past Year

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and a recent report from federal health officials emphasizes how important suicide prevention really is. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), suicide rates are at historically high levels, jumping 27 percent since 2000. The report also shows that nearly 10 million […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day is today, September 10th. This day is within the larger framework of the entire month of September which is Suicide Prevention Month. There are many statistics that are disturbing and shocking about the suicide rate. The one that I continue to find powerful is the comparison of the number of deaths […]

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Suicide Rate Up 24% Since 1999

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Probably because, along with many of you, I am remembering Prince upon his passing yesterday, the song “1999” floated through my head when I read the CDC’s latest report on suicide rates. For more reason than one, I wouldn’t mind traveling back to 1999 today. Sadly, our rates of death by suicide are up in […]

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Female Veteran Deaths by Suicide Nearly Matching Male Death Rates

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Women are slowly achieving equality with men in our military. Unfortunately, they are also coming close to matching male veterans in their rate of death by suicide according to recent research.  Women in the military are killing themselves at a rate of six times higher than women in the general population based on the analysis […]

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The DSM Goes to the Oscars: A Look at Psychiatric Diagnoses Featured in Today’s Films

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I came across an interesting article ahead of the Oscar ceremony last night.  It takes a look at the psychological issues portrayed within each of the films that were nominated for best picture.  “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” won the coveted Oscar prize.  A dark comedy centers around a character who is dealing […]

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Kevin Briggs: Building a bridge of suicide prevention

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The two biggest pieces of advice from Kevin Briggs to prevent a friend or loved one from dying by suicide are to be unafraid to ask the question (Are you thinking of ending your life?) and to listen.  Briggs knows what he’s talking about after working the Golden Gate bridge as a police officer for […]

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Depressive Behaviors Linked To Suicide Risk in Bipolar Disorder Patients

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The results of a large Swedish study suggest that previous suicide attempts, recent affective episodes, and recent psychiatric inpatient care are the best indicators that a patient with bipolar disorder may attempt suicide. This could potentially improve opportunities for intervention before suicide attempts occur, and implies that clinicians should “pay attention to the risk of […]

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Illness Factors Inform Suicide Risk in Bipolar and Depressive Disorder Patients

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Despite patients with bipolar disorder having a higher recorded prevalence of suicide attempts when compared to those with major depressive disorder (MDD), a new study suggests the different illnesses may not be the reason for the differential rates. According to a new report published in Bipolar Disorders, the higher prevalence of suicide attempts in patients […]

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