Tag: Suicide

Report: Suicide Attempts Among Black Teens Increased by 73 Percent

Photo: Getty Images According to a new report, attempted suicide is on the rise among a very specific demographic: black teenagers. From CNN: From 1991 to 2017, the rate of reported suicide attempts by African-American teens rose, especially the rate among black boys, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics. The […]

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Helping Someone With Suicidal Thoughts: Reach Out to a Friend Today

The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages us to learn more about suicide prevention today, because every 40 seconds, someone’s life is lost to suicide. Contrary to what some common myths suggest, suicide is not inevitable — and it’s not any survivor’s fault if a person is successful with their attempt to die by suicide. That’s […]

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The Impact of the Digital Age on Suicide Prevention

Media plays a growing role in this, especially as media agencies are now sharing their messages across all digital platforms. The way in which the media portrays individuals struggling with mental health issues matters. The media’s coverage of suicidal behaviors can influence people at risk in a negative manner by inadvertently contributing to possible copycat […]

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The Resiliency of Survivors of Suicide Loss

In addition to your own sense of loss, you are forced to come up with euphemisms to describe to others what happened to your loved one. Even the most understanding of sympathizers will have difficulty concealing their shock if you mention suicide. Sometimes, it doesn’t always feel appropriate to explain your loss in full truth. […]

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A Black Woman Takes Us Into the Swirl of Bipolar Disorder in New Memoir, I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying

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Atlanta Mom Commits Murder-Suicide After Writing: ‘I Could Not Ask for Better Children’ on Social Media

Image: Marsha Edwards (FACEBOOK) According to Atlanta Police, a 58-year-old mother killed her young adult kids before committing suicide last week. Three bodies were discovered Wednesday evening in an Atlanta suburb when police conducted a welfare check at the home, local NBC affiliate WXIA reported. Advertisement Dr. Marsha Edwards shot and killed her 20-year-old daughter […]

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The U.S. Isn’t Counting Prison Suicides Even Though the Law Requires It

Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in a federal prison in lower Manhattan triggered an investigation and the reassignment of two corrections officers, as well as the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons by Attorney General William Barr. But it also shined a light on a problem: the federal government has no idea how many prisoners take […]

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New Accuser Says Epstein Raped Her After She Told Him She Was a Virgin

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Three new accusers have sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein alleging that he abused them with sex toys and forced them to engage in other sex acts, according to court documents reviewed by multiple outlets. One woman said she was forced to […]

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Suicides in Jails Are Preventable: How a Unique Approach May Help Curb Self-Harm in Confinement

Photo: Chris Hondros (Getty Images) Conspiracy theories aside, Jeffrey Epstein is one of the latest and most prominent of the hundreds that die by suicide yearly in America’s jails. His untimely death saw the Bureau of Prisons chief fired and caused heads to roll at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center: the warden of the jail […]

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Psychology Around the Net: August 17, 2019

Dive in! How to Fight Mental Illness Stigma at College With Fun: According to a new study out of Indiana University, students who take part in enjoyable, peer-directed activities that address mental illness are less likely to stigmatize people with the conditions. Researchers surveyed a single graduating class throughout their college years, as well as […]

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Nine NYPD Officers Have Died by Suicide This Year. The Department Thinks It Has a Plan.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Just days after the eight and ninth New York City police officers killed themselves this year, the head of the city’s police union had some advice for members of the department struggling with depression and mental illness: “Don’t fucking do it.” “Officers, […]

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White Man Wrongly Branded as Killer of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Dead of Apparent Suicide

Screenshot: ABC 13 Houston Many hearts shattered with the news of the tragic shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, the little girl who was gunned down in a Houston-area Walmart parking lot in December 2018. 7-Year-Old Killed in Senseless Shooting Attack on Black Family Police have begun a manhunt for the gunman responsible for shooting […]

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Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking […]

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Suicide Rates Are Rising, But Nobody Really Knows Why

So why this significant rise in the suicide rate? Thoughts of suicide are usually a serious, often un-diagnosed symptom of clinical depression. For some, these thoughts turn into devising a plan and even making an attempt. People who die by suicide are usually suffering from depression and aren’t getting adequate — or in some cases, […]

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From Attempting Suicide to Feeling Full of Life: One Woman’s Story

Blackman had struggled with suicidal thoughts since age 12, regularly triggered by witnessing drug addiction and domestic violence. At the time of her attempt, she was 24 years old. She felt “powerless and hopeless.” For years, Blackman also struggled with depression and anxiety. “They both were beyond exhausting to the point I became numb,” she […]

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YouTube Star Etika Is Found Dead in NYC, Leaving Thousands of Fans in Mourning

Desmond “Etika” AmofaScreenshot: EtikaFRFX (YouTube) YouTube gaming star Etika was pulled lifeless from New York City’s East River days following his disappearance after he posted video that had fans and loved ones concerned for his safety. New York City police on Tuesday announced the death of the 29-year-old Etika, born Desmond Amofah, after having put […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 22, 2019

Enjoy! How to Get to Sleep: Lifehacker’s podcast, The Upgrade, is calling all “insomniacs, tossers, turners, blanket hogs, disco nappers, and snooze button pushers” for their recent episode “How to Get to Sleep,” during which they spoke with experts about — you guessed it — getting a good night’s sleep with the promise of avoiding […]

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3 Lessons that Gloria Vanderbilt Taught Us About Coping with a Child’s Suicide

The following three insights from Vanderbilt about how to cope with the loss of a child to suicide are worth noting and remembering as a source of strength and consolation to the millions of parents in this country who lose children to suicide each year: Lesson #1: Don’t Be Afraid to Open Up About Your […]

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