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Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work

New research suggests it doesn’t help—and it may hurt—to rely on a formula to predict the risk of a suicide It is 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. “My wife is suicidal, Doctor. If you don’t admit her to the hospital, you’ll have blood on your hands on Monday...” If the apparently suicidal

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

by Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW Adults with severe Internet addiction (IA) suffer from more sleep disturbances and a higher risk for lifetime suicide attempts than adults without IA, according to a new study conducted by a team of researchers in Seoul, Korea. To investigate the association between suicide attempts and sleep in

There’s a Startling Increase in Major Depression Among Teens in the U.S.

But there hasn’t a corresponding increase in mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults Describing teens as moody and angsty is an old cliche. That stage of life is loaded with drama and intense feelings. And it was ever thus—just go back read your high school diary for evidence. But

Parental Mental Health History Confers Suicide, Violence Risks in Offspring

November 03, 2016 Share this content: Incidence rate ratios were more increased for parental diagnoses of antisocial personality, cannabis use, and parental suicide attempt. Children born to parents with psychiatric disorders are more likely to attempt suicide and commit violent offenses, particularly if their parents had antisocial personality disorder, misused cannabis, or had

Causes of death in 2015 data released by ABS

Suicide remained the leading cause of premature death in Australia in 2015, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ABS report Causes of Death, Australia, 2015 shows that death by suicide occurred at a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 people, an increase on that recorded in

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

October 07, 2016 Share this content: The extent or severity of physical ailments and functional impairment needs to be carefully examined in order to successfully prevent suicide in late life. Rates of suicide for both genders increase significantly with advancing age, with the 85-and-older age group being at the highest risk. In the