Suicide News

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

Blood Test for Suicide Risk?

August 3rd, 2014
A newly discovered chemical alteration in a stress gene may lead to the development of a simple blood test to predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. “Suicide is a major preventable public health problem, but ...

Being Unemployed Could Kill You, But Recession Is Good For Your Health

July 26th, 2014
It’s a conundrum: Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. While some past studies have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, others have shown that mortality actually declines in the population as unemployment ...

Body-Based Rejection Fears Can Diminish Quality of Life

July 16th, 2014
A recent study discovered the fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, and anxiety or worries on being rejected in interpersonal situations, can lead to diminished quality of life and poorer mental and overall health. These fears, referred to as personal rejection ...

Cyberbullying Creates Fear in Students

July 2nd, 2014
Cyberbullying, like traditional bullying, creates fear among students about being victimized at school. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of school victimization. The fear is especially pronounced among students who have experienced bullying at ...

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 ...