Vulnerability to suicide may build up throughout the course of life, and may start with events occurring in the perinatal period and infancy.
Early life influences have been linked to higher risk of suicide later in life. Reducing those risks, and boosting resilience in children exposed to them, may help reduce suicide rates.
American Muslims are two times as likely to attempt suicide compared to other major faith groups.
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Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.
Don’t wait for teens to come to you. Engage them in conversation.
Suicide prevention experts believe parents can engage in an honest and safe conversation about suicide with kids.
U.S. Army veteran Derek Martin gives his son a big hug at a veteran support group cookout on Nov. 7, 2015.
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The rate of death by suicide is rising among veterans. The most common stressor is a serious relationship difficulty.
Rates of suicidal behaviour are higher among South African students than among the general population or students in other countries. Understanding why will help shape prevention efforts.
More than 50% of nursing home residents experience symptoms of depression.
Expanding suicide prevention frameworks to include aged care residents, aligning nursing home life with community living, and improving residents’ access to mental heath services will be key.
When a student dies by suicide, university communities grapple with the fact that an opportunity for a suffering person to receive help was missed.
As universities advocate for ‘zero suicide’ frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
The suicide rate among young people has increased at an alarming rate over the past 10 years.
Researchers are beginning to look at the opportunities offered by social media to aid in suicide prevention.
Evidence shows that outright bans save lives.
It’s mostly about listening.
R U OK Day is tomorrow, encouraging all of us to check in with others to see if they’re OK. But what if someone says “no”? What should you say or do? Should you tell someone else? What resources can you…
Anthony Bourdain, left, and Kate Spade, right.
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The suicides this week of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked and saddened many. And the news was disturbing. Why is it so hard to know who might commit suicide?
People who attempt suicide can access medical care at their clinics but psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers are not part of the primary health care setting.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
A convicted offender cleaning as part of a community payback scheme in London.
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Probation staff need to gain the trust of prisoners.
In South Africa one of the biggest barriers to suicide prevention is that psychiatric and substance use services are often not integrated.
Child suicide, such as the 2013 death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, has often been blamed on bullying.
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From ‘13 Reasons Why’ to real-life events, there’s been increased scrutiny on the link between bullying and suicide. However, research shows that we may not be getting the full picture.
As the show’s popularity surged, interest in suicide also grew.
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Researchers found that suicide-related searches soared in the weeks after the show’s release. What are the broader public health implications?
Each suicide has a social, economic and cultural context. And unless these factors are considered alongside psychiatric care, steadily increasing suicide rates will not be curbed.
Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton, speaking on Q&A.
The Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton said he was concerned about body modification, gender reassignment surgery and future suicide risk. We check the research.
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…