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In the 1960s, the Temple established nine residential care facilities for the elderly and six homes for foster children in the Redwood Valley. Peoples Temple / Jonestown Gallery/flickr

Before the tragedy at Jonestown, the people of Peoples Temple had a dream

Throughout the movement's history, African Americans and whites lived, worked and protested side-by-side. It was one of the few long-term experiments in American interracial communalism.
Emile Durkheim who taught at Sorbonne University is considered a founder of modern sociology.

Pioneering sociologist foresaw our current chaos 100 years ago

Emile Durkheim helped to lay the foundations of sociological thought and theory. He spoke of our current condition as being influenced by social structures and institutions.
A 69-year-old man is in jail for encouraging his wife to commit suicide so he could get the $1.4 million from her life insurance policies.

Encouraging suicide or committing manslaughter?

A 69-year-old man is in jail for encouraging his wife to suicide but some have wondered why he wasn't charged with a more serious offence.
A number of complex factors leads to someone reaching a point where they can no longer cope. We can’t let them get there in the first place. Greg Rakozy/Unsplash

Focusing on people at ‘high risk’ of suicide has failed as a suicide prevention strategy

Many current interventions focus on raising awareness of suicide, or preventing suicide at the point just prior to death. Many of those not assessed as being at "high risk" are left without support.
Utö, Finland, graffiti. Torture is a process which doesn’t stop at the event itself but that eventually goes on through generations. aaron blanco tejedor/Unsplash

How torture tears apart societies from within

Torture is such a profound tear in the fabric that makes us human that it can distort even the most fundamental elements of social existence.
Death by suicide isn’t always related to depression. Relationship, job and legal problems can give rise to feelings of hopelessness. Six screening questions may help. PHotograhee.eu

6 questions you can ask a loved one to help screen for suicide risk

Death by suicide has increased at an alarming rate in recent decades. With September being Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an expert offers screening questions that even laypeople can use.
Many graduate students report psychological distress, but the fear of stigma and other factors often dissuade them from seeking help. Dirima/www.shutterstock.com

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

Colleges and universities must do more to combat a "culture of silence" that dissuades many graduate students from seeking help with mental health issues, researchers argue.
New suicide data indicates that years of record bloodshed in Mexico have traumatized residents in places where the violence is most concentrated. Reuters/Jorge Lopez

Rising suicides in Mexico expose the mental health toll of living with extreme, chronic violence

Ciudad Juárez, on the US-Mexico border, has suffered high levels of deadly violence for over a decade. New suicide data reveals the severe mental health impacts of living with chronic violence.

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