Suicide News

Can Mobile Technology Transform Psychiatric Care?

July 2nd, 2014
A new smartphone application could potentially transform how patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Uri Nevo, Ph.D., and a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University developed a system that detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them ...

Report: Defense, VA Fail to Track If PTSD Treatment Works

June 23rd, 2014
A new report from the independent, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) finds that the federal government is not measuring the effectiveness of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- calling into question the millions of dollars spent on mental health of service members. Moreover, researchers ...

One-Third of Suicides Involve Heavy Alcohol Consumption

June 21st, 2014
One-third of all completed suicides involve heavy use of alcohol before the attempt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research is the first to compare alcohol use among victims of suicide with a ...

Safety Warnings on Antidepressants May Lead to Unintended Consequences

June 20th, 2014
FDA warnings about the potential danger for young people from taking antidepressants have resulted in a dramatic increase in suicide attempts. Researchers say the warnings have backfired, causing an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young adults. Harvard Medical School researchers report the ...

ADHD Meds Shown to Not Increase Suicide Risk – And May Protect Against It

June 19th, 2014
A comprehensive review of a national patient registry shows that drug therapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not increase suicide attempts or suicide, as was previously feared. In fact, according to Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute, the ADHD medications may have ...

Antidepressant Link to Newborn Lung Risk

June 18th, 2014
There appears to be a slightly raised risk of breathing difficulties among babies of women taking antidepressants in late pregnancy, new research suggests. Dr. Sophie Grigoriadis of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada, and her team say that women taking antidepressants during pregnancy ...

Majority of Suicides Occur after Midnight

June 3rd, 2014
Majority of Suicides Occur after Midnight New research provides compelling evidence that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening. Investigators discovered the mean suicide ...

Teens with Alternative Self-Identity More Likely to Self-Harm

May 27th, 2014
Teens with Alternative Self-Identity More Likely to Self-HarmA new European study revealed that around half (45.5 percent) of teens in alternative subcultures self-injure and nearly 1 in 5 (17.2 percent) attempt suicide. Researchers from the Medical ...

Link Found Between Foreclosures & Suicides

May 26th, 2014
Link Found Between Foreclosures and Suicides A new study finds that the recent U.S. foreclosure crisis has contributed significantly to the nation’s jump in suicides. Researchers from Dartmouth and Purdue University say their findings suggest ...

In Northern Ireland, 1 in 10 16-Year-Olds Consider Self-Harm

May 18th, 2014
In Northern Ireland, 1 in 10 16-Year-Olds Consider Self-HarmOne in 10 16-year-olds in Northern Ireland surveyed in a new study have considered self-harm or taking an overdose of drugs. The study, undertaken by researchers at ARK ...