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Suicide is a public health issue, but it’s often discussed in whispers. (Shutterstock)

Language matters in preventing suicide

Our society needs to talk more openly about suicide. However, public discussion of suicide carries risks, and it’s crucial that such discussion be informed, sensitive and alert to potential harm.
On June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. (AP/Malcolm Browne)

Self-immolation and other ‘spectacular’ protests: How impactful are they?

Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation is an example of ‘spectacular agency,’ a form of attention-grabbing but costly protest. And, it is uncertain how the public will perceive such protests.
Every year, more than 12 million Americans have suicidal thoughts. Djavan Rodriguez/Moment via Getty Images

Suicide has reached epidemic proportions in the US − yet medical students still don’t receive adequate training to treat suicidal patients

Close to half of those who die by suicide saw a primary care doctor within a month of their death.
An increased disconnect from your body can make it easier to harm yourself, whether by disordered eating or suicide. Maskot/Maskot via Getty Images

Eating disorders are the most lethal mental health conditions – reconnecting with internal body sensations can help reduce self-harm

Many people with eating disorders die from suicide. Improving perception of internal body states, or interoception, can help everyone better care for their own bodies.
The experimental methods available today allow us to break the brain down into its elementary components in order to understand its functions and dysfunctions. (Shutterstock)

The Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank: a goldmine for research on brain diseases

Montréal is home to one of the world’s largest brain banks, the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, where discoveries about different neurological and psychiatric diseases are made.

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