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29 Dec
ADHD Raises Adult Suicide Risk, Especially for Women

ADHD Raises Adult Suicide Risk, Especially for Women

Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a strikingly high prevalence of attempted suicide, with women being at particular risk, researchers say.

The study of nearly 22,000 Canadian adults found that 14% of those with ADHD had attempted suici...

29 Dec
Counseling on Gun Safety Could Cut Suicide Rate in Military: Study

Counseling on Gun Safety Could Cut Suicide Rate in Military: Study

When U.S. military personnel get gun locks and counseling on safe storage of their weapons, they store those guns safely, and that could be key to lowering the military suicide rate, researchers report.

"Suicide mortality is higher in homes with a firearm and the majorit...

17 Dec
Pandemic Tied to Higher Suicide Rate in Blacks, Lowered Rate in Whites: Study

Pandemic Tied to Higher Suicide Rate in Blacks, Lowered Rate in Whites: Study

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated racial divides in health care in numerous ways, and a new study reveals yet another: Suicides among Black people doubled during COVID-19 lockdowns, while suicides in white individuals were cut in half during the same period.

"In p...

15 Dec
Loneliness Continues to Rise for Americans Under Lockdown

Loneliness Continues to Rise for Americans Under Lockdown

Loneliness, particularly among folks under shelter-in-place orders, is a growing issue for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, new research finds.

More people report they are feeling lonely, depressed and even harboring thoughts of suicide as COVID-19 cases in the...

11 Dec
329 Americans Are Injured by Guns Every Day: Study

329 Americans Are Injured by Guns Every Day: Study

Firearm injury is a major health crisis in the United States and new research sheds more light on how many of those who are injured survive and the circumstances of their shootings.

For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University an...

08 Dec
Rap Music Is Putting Mental Health in the Spotlight

Rap Music Is Putting Mental Health in the Spotlight

Beat-heavy rap music could help beat mental illness: Over the past two decades, the lyrics of the most popular songs in rap have increasingly hit on issues related to anxiety, depression and mental health, a new study reveals.

"I think anyone who's been a fan of rap musi...

04 Dec
Young Epilepsy Patients May Benefit From Mental Health Screening

Young Epilepsy Patients May Benefit From Mental Health Screening

Depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are more common in children and teens with epilepsy than previously known, and they should be screened for such problems, researchers report.

They assessed 119 children and teens, aged 9 to18, with epilepsy. None had been diagnos...

20 Nov
More Childbearing Women Having Suicidal Thoughts: Study

More Childbearing Women Having Suicidal Thoughts: Study

The number of women who contemplate suicide or self-harm during or after pregnancy may be on the rise, a large, new study suggests.

Among nearly 600,000 U.S. childbearing women, researchers found that close to 2,700 were diagnosed with suicidality in the year before or a...

20 Nov
Disasters Leave a Rise in Suicides in Their Wake: Study

Disasters Leave a Rise in Suicides in Their Wake: Study

Hurricanes, tornadoes and other major disasters can cause more damage than devastation to property, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that the severe emotional distress and anxiety for those who have lived through major disasters can also lead to suicide.

The...

17 Nov
Buying Gun During Pandemic Might Raise Suicide Risk

Buying Gun During Pandemic Might Raise Suicide Risk

Those who buy guns as the pandemic rages are more likely to be suicidal than those who already own firearms, a new study finds.

In fact, among people who bought guns during the pandemic, about 70% reported having suicidal thoughts, while just 37% of other gun owners had ...

12 Nov
Could Propecia Up Young Men's Suicide Risk?

Could Propecia Up Young Men's Suicide Risk?

Young men who consider using the drug Propecia to prevent baldness may be putting themselves at risk for depression and suicide, a new study suggests.

Information from the World Health Organization indicates that over the past 10 years, reports of suicidal ideation among...

10 Nov
'Diseases of Despair' Skyrocket in America

'Diseases of Despair' Skyrocket in America

Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, Americans were already suffering: A new study reports that alcohol and drug misuse were up dramatically, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors were up 170% between 2009 and 2018.

Researchers call these conditions "diseases of des...

05 Oct
Money Worries Raise Suicide Risk in People With ADHD: Study

Money Worries Raise Suicide Risk in People With ADHD: Study

There's a link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), financial stress and suicide risk, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data on ADHD and suicide in Sweden from 2002 to 2015, as well as credit and default data from a random sample of more...

29 Sep
During Stress of Pandemic, Know Suicide's Warning Signs

During Stress of Pandemic, Know Suicide's Warning Signs

Financial struggles, social isolation and anxiety are triggering feelings of hopelessness and helplessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it's important to know the warning signs when someone is contemplating suicide, an expert says.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Con...

25 Sep
Is Shock Therapy Making a Comeback Against Bipolar Disorder?

Is Shock Therapy Making a Comeback Against Bipolar Disorder?

Over the years electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) -- commonly known as "shock therapy" -- has gotten a bad rap.

But new research out of Italy suggests that reputation may be unwarranted. Investigators found that among bipolar patients who fail to respond to standard tre...

11 Sep
Suicide Rate Keeps Rising Among Young Americans

Suicide Rate Keeps Rising Among Young Americans

A nearly 60% jump in suicides by young Americans since 2007 has experts alarmed and somewhat puzzled.

Suicides among children and young people aged 10 to 24 rose 57% from 2007 to 2018, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

03 Sep
As Jobless Rates Climb, Study Finds Financial Stress Greatly Ups Suicide Risk

As Jobless Rates Climb, Study Finds Financial Stress Greatly Ups Suicide Risk

As millions of people struggle with economic hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows that financial stressors may make people up to 20 times more likely to attempt suicide.

The research suggests that mental health providers should consider financ...

03 Sep
Workplace Sexual Harassment Might Raise Suicide Risk: Study

Workplace Sexual Harassment Might Raise Suicide Risk: Study

In the midst of the 'Me Too' movement, a new study finds that people sexually harassed at work may be at increased risk for attempted suicide and suicide.

The findings out of Sweden show that workplace sexual harassment may "represent an important risk factor for sui...

23 Jul
With Tighter Handgun Laws, U.S. Would See Fewer Suicides by Young People

With Tighter Handgun Laws, U.S. Would See Fewer Suicides by Young People

Hundreds of suicides could be prevented in the United States each year if the minimum age for buying a handgun was raised to 21 in the 33 states that have a minimum age of 18, according to a new study.

Suicide rates, especially among teens, have been rising in the Un...

21 Jul
Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes

As many as 40% of LGBTQ youth and more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth contemplated taking their life in the past year, according to a new report.

Also, one in three LGBTQ youth said they had been threatened or harmed because of their sexual identit...

06 Jul
Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Leave a Mental Health Crisis in Its Wake?

Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Leave a Mental Health Crisis in Its Wake?

Stressed from home-schooling your kids? Lonely from lockdown? Worried about a sick loved one isolated in a nursing home? Worried you might lose your job?

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone's mental health in ways small and large, and experts are conc...

23 Jun
Suicide Rate 170 Times Higher for People With Schizophrenia

Suicide Rate 170 Times Higher for People With Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia have a suicide rate 170 times higher than the general population, Canadian researchers report.

The researchers looked at 20 years of population data, including information on 75,000 patients with schizophrenia. Each was followed for about 1...

08 Jun
Fewer Suicide-Related ER Visits in COVID Era, and That Has Experts Worried

Fewer Suicide-Related ER Visits in COVID Era, and That Has Experts Worried

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects, and a new study points to yet another: It may be keeping people from seeking emergency care for suicidal thoughts.

The study, at one large Ohio health system, found that ER visits for suicidal ideation dropped by ov...

03 Jun
When a Handgun Is in the Home, Suicide Risk Quickly Rises

When a Handgun Is in the Home, Suicide Risk Quickly Rises

Handgun owners are at substantially heightened risk of suicide in the years after buying their first gun, a large new study finds.

The study of more than 26 million California residents found that first-time handgun owners were nearly four times more likely to die by...

26 May
Too Often, Bullying Has Lethal Consequences for LGBT Teens

Too Often, Bullying Has Lethal Consequences for LGBT Teens

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) youth who die by suicide are five times more likely to have been bullied than their straight counterparts.

The finding stems from a review of nearly 10,000 U.S. death records for 2003 to 2017. All of the youth were...

22 May
Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers  Around The World: Study

Mental Health is Big Issue For Police Officers Around The World: Study

Mental health problems and substance abuse are common among cops, and more needs to be done to address those issues, researchers say.

Previous studies have suggested that first responders have a higher risk of mental health issues than the general public, but it wasn...

11 May
Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Problems Soared Over 10 Years

Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Problems Soared Over 10 Years

Children treated in America's emergency rooms for mental health disorders jumped 60% over a recent decade, a new study finds.

Between 2007 and 2016, visits for self-harm like suicidal thoughts and cutting soared 329% and treatment for drug abuse rose 159%...

08 May
COVID-19 Pandemic May Lead to 75,000 'Deaths of Despair'

COVID-19 Pandemic May Lead to 75,000 'Deaths of Despair'

COVID-19 has directly claimed tens of thousands of U.S. lives, but conditions stemming from the novel coronavirus -- rampant unemployment, isolation and an uncertain future -- could lead to 75,000 deaths from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide, new research suggests.

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06 May
Religion Helps Protect Against 'Deaths of Despair': Study

Religion Helps Protect Against 'Deaths of Despair': Study

As the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say religion may provide protection from so-called deaths of despair, new research suggests.

The study, conducted in 2018-2019, found that those who attend worship services once a week are less likely to ...

04 May
Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Sexual Victimization Persists in U.S. Military for LGBTQs: Study

Lesbian, gay and bisexual members in the U.S. military are at higher risk for sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking, a new study reports.

And that sexual victimization can trigger mental health problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sub...

15 Apr
As Coronavirus Pandemic Hits U.S., Experts Worry About Rise in Suicides

As Coronavirus Pandemic Hits U.S., Experts Worry About Rise in Suicides

With millions of Americans restricted to their homes and many losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spike in suicides may follow, experts fear.

At a time when suicide in America has been increasing, many of the effects of social distancing are known su...

10 Apr
Transgender Teens Have High Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Transgender Teens Have High Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury are common among U.S. transgender teens, new research shows.

The study also found that hormone therapy leads to significant improvements in gender dysphoria -- the feeling of being uncomfortable with the gender they were ...

08 Apr
U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two Decades

U.S. Suicide Rate Climbed 35% in Two Decades

The U.S. suicide rate has jumped 35% in the past two decades, health officials reported Wednesday.

From 1999 to 2018, the suicide rate rose from 10.5 to 14 per 100,000, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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03 Apr
How Pets Can Be True Lifesavers for Seniors

How Pets Can Be True Lifesavers for Seniors

Having a furry, fluffy or feathered friend can have a profound effect on seniors' mental health, possibly even helping prevent some suicides, new research suggests.

In a group of 35 older people who were pet owners, more than one-third said they were "actively suici...

20 Mar
When Relatives Get Deported, Hispanic Teens' Mental Health Tanks

When Relatives Get Deported, Hispanic Teens' Mental Health Tanks

U.S. immigration policies may put Hispanic teens' mental and physical health at risk, researchers say.

Of 547 U.S.-born Hispanic kids surveyed in Atlanta, one-quarter had a parent, aunt, uncle or other family member who was detained or deported in 2017 or 2018. Parti...

19 Mar
Celebrity Suicides Spawn 'Copycat' Tragedies, Study Shows

Celebrity Suicides Spawn 'Copycat' Tragedies, Study Shows

When the media report on a celebrity's suicide, especially in a sensationalist way, it may fuel "copycat" tragedies, a new review finds.

In an analysis of 20 studies from more than a dozen countries, researchers confirmed a phenomenon sometimes called "suicide contag...

13 Mar
Suicidal Thoughts Among Young Kids Higher Than Believed

Suicidal Thoughts Among Young Kids Higher Than Believed

Suicidal thoughts have haunted nearly one of every 10 pre-teens in the United States, a new study reveals.

About 8.4% of children aged 9 or 10 said they'd temporarily or regularly harbored thoughts of suicide, researchers report.

Importantly, only aroun...

10 Mar
AHA News: People With Implanted Heart Pumps May Have Higher Suicide Risk

AHA News: People With Implanted Heart Pumps May Have Higher Suicide Risk

People with a left ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump that helps the heart, might face a higher suicide risk, new research suggests.

LVADs are used to treat advanced heart failure, where a weakened heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Th...

18 Feb
Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study

Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study

Could stricter safety rules for rifles and shotguns help prevent suicide?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore analyzed nearly 4,000 firearm suicides and found that long guns, not handguns, are more often the method of choice for youths and people in ru...

18 Feb
1 in 4 Opioid ODs Involves Kids and Teens

1 in 4 Opioid ODs Involves Kids and Teens

More than a quarter of all opioid overdoses in the United States involve teenagers, and a full fifth of those cases were likely suicide attempts, new research shows.

The findings follow an in-depth analysis of nearly 754,000 American opioi...

13 Feb
'Tough Guys' May Be at Especially High Risk for Suicide

'Tough Guys' May Be at Especially High Risk for Suicide

Young men who believe that "real men don't cry" may be more prone to suicide, a new study suggests.

It has long been known that men are more likely than women to end their own lives: In the United States, the suicide death rate among men is about 3.5 times that of wo...

10 Feb
Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

Fewer LGBT Teens Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts, But Rates Still High

Suicidal behavior is declining among U.S. teenagers who identify as LGBT, but the problem remains pervasive.

That's the conclusion of two new studies that tracked trends among U.S. teenagers over the past couple of decades. Over the years, more kids have been identif...

06 Feb
Nurses May Need Suicide-Prevention Screening

Nurses May Need Suicide-Prevention Screening

Nurses are at elevated risk for suicide, but the issue gets little attention, researchers report.

Their study of 2005-2016 U.S. government data found the suicide rate among female nurses was significantly higher (10 per 100,000) than that of the general female popula...

31 Jan
U.S. Spends Trillions on Health Care, But Health Stats Remain Low: Study

U.S. Spends Trillions on Health Care, But Health Stats Remain Low: Study

Despite spending far more on health care than other wealthy nations, the United States has the lowest life expectancy and the highest suicide rate, new research shows.

For the study, researchers at The Commonwealth Fund compared the United States with 10 other high-i...

30 Jan
Number of Americans Headed to ER for Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Keeps Rising

Number of Americans Headed to ER for Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Keeps Rising

Men and women are flooding America's emergency rooms because of suicidal thoughts and injuries caused by harming themselves, federal health officials reported Thursday.

In fact, these types of emergency room visits shot up 25.5% from 2017 to 2018, according to th...

27 Jan
Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

New research shows that children and teens in U.S. areas with greater levels of poverty face a higher risk of suicide.

"Our findings suggest that community poverty is a serious risk factor for youth suicide, which should help target prevention efforts," said lead stu...

27 Jan
Is Suppressing Puberty the Right Course When a Child Questions Their Gender?

Is Suppressing Puberty the Right Course When a Child Questions Their Gender?

Suppressing puberty in a child who's questioning their gender identity might seem extreme, but the therapy is relatively safe and could significantly lower their risk of suicide, a new study reports.

Adolescents who wanted and received puberty suppression were 60%...

15 Jan
Parents Can Help Their Sleep-Deprived Teens

Parents Can Help Their Sleep-Deprived Teens

Mom and dad may be key in curbing the epidemic of drowsy teens, a new study suggests.

American teens aren't getting enough sleep, which can lead to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Sleepy teens also are more likely to get into car crashes and have a greate...

08 Jan
As Minimum Wage Rises, Suicide Rates Fall

As Minimum Wage Rises, Suicide Rates Fall

Minimum wage laws can be a literal lifesaver for people who are struggling to get by, a new study suggests.

The suicide rate declines among less-educated folks when the minimum wage is increased, researchers discovered.

States experience as much as a 6%...

17 Dec
Opioids May Not Be to Blame for Rise in U.S. Suicides

Opioids May Not Be to Blame for Rise in U.S. Suicides

In a finding that suggests most opioid overdose deaths are accidental, new research shows suicide is associated with far fewer of these deaths than thought.

"Our findings suggest that the current emphasis on the contribution of suicide to opioid-related deaths may be...

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