Police officers in South Africa are four times more likely to kill themselves than be murdered.
While the unacceptably high rate of police murders in South Africa attracts much media coverage, the bigger problem of suicide among police receives little focus.
Weighing up risks and benefits.
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Commonly prescribed antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in teenagers, so why isn't this a bigger deal in drug trials?
The best Christmas gift you can give this year? Listening to someone who needs it – or helping those who help in a crisis.
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I have been ringing Lifeline since I was 12 years old. I'm now 47, and I still call Lifeline around every Christmas – but for better reasons than before.
Iain Duncan Smith - architect of fit-to-work assessment.
Researchers find the government's work capability assessment programme is having a big impact. But not a positive one.
A sorry end: beached whales in Flinders Bay.
They are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, but family ties can lead them into danger
The erection of barriers and nets at public sites with a high incidence of suicide results in far fewer deaths – at the site and nearby locations.
Installing barriers and safety nets at public sites with a high incidence of suicide can reduce the number of deaths at these sites by more than 90%.
With very few exceptions in Australia’s history, annual suicide rates have always peaked in men aged 85 years and over.
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The most recent Australian suicide statistics from 2013 show that, out of the whole population, men aged 85 years and over have the highest suicide rates. While the attention these figures have garnered…
We have an array of prevention agencies, lifeline programs, and public mantras about "being in life". So why don't they seem to work in rural and remote communities?
Aged care residents are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their house-bound peers.
More than half (52%) of aged care residents have symptoms of depression, compared with 10-15% of older people living in the community.
A difficult place to come down from.
Out on a high, but what the road to retirement for top sports stars can be quite a come down.
Feeling content means having a deep-seated, abiding acceptance of oneself and one’s worth, together with a sense of self-fulfilment, meaning and purpose.
Happiness might seem like a worthy goal but it will invariably be disrupted by unwelcome negative feelings. Far better to seek contentment, which can serve as a foundation for both joy and pleasure.
Bad stats …
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Why men need to start taking care of themselves.
Sometimes doctors need help too.
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Unless we can create safe space to seek help without fear of reprisal, nothing is going to change. It is with this goal in mind that I decided to share my story.
Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents, and we need to understand the link between the two.
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We may assume that people who are bullied are at risk of suicide. But are the youth who engage in bullying behavior at risk of suicide too?
Suicides are the second leading cause of death on college campuses.
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Suicidal thoughts among college students are more common than we think. Graduate students, especially those in the humanities, are at a greater risk.
Kurt or Kurdt?
It's important not to conflate and confuse Cobain's varying personas.
Uncertainty, stress and worse conditions are part of the story.
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An important study that examines the social costs of the 2008 banking crisis and the economic recession it created has just been published. The analysis, carried out by Carlos Nordt and colleagues at the…
Many former NFL players face the future with despair: the years after retirement can include an array of physical and financial woes.
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The cascade of woes that have befallen former NFL players has stunned fans and casual observers. Former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson committed suicide. All-pro Warren Sapp went bankrupt after…
Barriers around bridges could save lives.
On April 15, 2014 a man jumped to his death from the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge – a massive, new concrete arch that soars over the Hoover Dam. He was the eighth known person to do so since the…
Tapping into a public stream.
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For more or less any topic we can think of, social media has great potential for both good and harm. One example is suicidal distress. It is increasingly common for people to express despairing and suicidal…