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15 Dec

A Popular Hip Hop Song May Have Saved Lives

A hit song by rapper Logic may have saved lives by promoting the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, researchers say.

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18 Aug
Hispanic Americans' Suicide Rates Are Rising

Hispanic Americans' Suicide Rates Are Rising

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide is a major public health issue for all Americans, but new research suggests it is a particularly pressing problem for Hispanics.

17 Aug
Too Few Psychiatric Beds: Psychiatrists' Group Takes Aim at Ongoing Crisis

Too Few Psychiatric Beds: Psychiatrists' Group Takes Aim at Ongoing Crisis

Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need.

Havi...

26 Jul
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violenc...

15 Jul
America's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches Saturday

America's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches Saturday

Starting Saturday, if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or having a mental health crisis, you can dial just three numbers -- 988 -- to get help.

Callers will be connected to a train...

05 Jul
What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

"We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues," said corresp...

28 Jun
More Cyberbullying, More Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens: Study

More Cyberbullying, More Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens: Study

Adolescents who experience cyberbullying are more likely to think about suicide, a new study shows.

Researchers found a link between being bullied online, through texts or on social media...

23 Jun
Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Hate crime laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people may have an unexpected benefit: fewer teen suicide attempts, among kids of all sexual orientations.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what happened in U.S. states that enacted hate crime l...

16 Jun
Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Suicide rates are rising more slowly in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds.

"Suicide is a public health problem, and our findings indicate th...

08 Jun
The 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The mental health equivalent of 911 is about to launch across the United States, but a new study finds that many communities may not be prepared for it.

Beginning July 16, a new 988 number will be available 24/7 for Americans dealing with a

08 Jun
4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it...

03 Jun
Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

A growing number of U.S. kids are attempting suicide by medication overdose - with the biggest increase seen among preteens, a recent study shows.

Researchers found that between 2015 and 2020, there was a 27% increase in overdose suicide or attempted suicide among U.S. c...

10 May
U.S. Gun Homicides Jumped to Highest Level in 25 Years During Pandemic

U.S. Gun Homicides Jumped to Highest Level in 25 Years During Pandemic

During the first year of the pandemic, the number of Americans felled by gun violence reached a level not seen since 1994, a new government report shows.

From 2019 to 2020, the rate of murders involving guns rose by nearly 35%, the highest logged in more than 25 years.

29 Mar
Out-of-State Residents Can Now Seek Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon

Out-of-State Residents Can Now Seek Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon

Oregon will no longer require terminally ill patients to be residents of the state to use its law allowing physician aid in dying.

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15 Mar
Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives, new research warns.

The mental health of children has become a big talking point in light of the pandemic, but the study data showed the problem has...

15 Mar
Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

People who die by suicide with a gun are challenging to assist beforehand, and different from those who kill themselves using other means, a new study finds.

"Those who died using a firearm were more likely to have disclosed their suicidal thoughts to other people in the...

23 Feb
Guns Outpacing Car Crashes as Leading Cause of Trauma Death for Americans

Guns Outpacing Car Crashes as Leading Cause of Trauma Death for Americans

Guns have overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of premature death from trauma in the United States, a new study finds.

It also showed that gun suicides are highe...

17 Feb
Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Young people with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of dying early from a range of causes, a new research review suggests.

Researchers found that before middle-age, people with autism face higher-than-average rates of death from...

07 Feb
Ketamine May Be Emergency Deterrent for People at Risk of Suicide

Ketamine May Be Emergency Deterrent for People at Risk of Suicide

A new clinical trial strengthens the case that ketamine -- once famous as a club drug -- can rapidly ease suicidal thoughts.

Researchers found that among 156 adults hospitalized for severe suicidal thoughts, those given two doses of ketamine often saw those disturbing id...

02 Feb
Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Suicides by drug overdose have increased among teens, young adults and seniors, even as they declined for the overall population, U.S. federal researchers say.

Drug-related suicides declined for Americans in general during the latter part of the 2010s, researchers from t...

20 Jan
Many Who Attempt Suicide Not Getting the Care They Need

Many Who Attempt Suicide Not Getting the Care They Need

About 4 in 10 Americans who attempt suicide don't get mental health care, claims a new study that also found a "substantial and alarming increase" in suicide attempts.

Researchers analyzed 2008-2019 federal government survey data on self-reported suicide attempts in the ...

14 Jan
For Transgender People, Starting Hormone Therapy in Teens Helps Mental Health

For Transgender People, Starting Hormone Therapy in Teens Helps Mental Health

Transgender people get greater mental health benefits if they start gender-affirming hormone treatment when they're teens instead of waiting until they're adults, a new study finds.

"This study is particularly relevant now because many state legislatures are introducing ...

10 Jan
Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

A temporary falloff in the number of Americans who kill themselves and others with guns is over, newly released U.S. government data show.

"Firearm homicides and suicides are an urgent public health concern in the United States," said Scott Kegler, lead author of a

21 Dec
5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

5 Million More Americans Became Gun Owners During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a surge in new gun owners across the U.S., a new study finds.

The data shows that between January 2020 and April 30 of this year, 5.1 million Americans bought their first guns, following 2.4 million who did so in 2019.

The number...

14 Dec
Logic's Hit '1-800-273-8255' May Have Saved American Lives

Logic's Hit '1-800-273-8255' May Have Saved American Lives

"I been on a low; I been taking my time; I feel like I'm out of my mind; I feel like my life ain't mine; who can relate?"

New research suggests many Americans did relate to the opening lyrics of "1-800-273-8255," a 2017 hit song from U.S. hip hop artist Logic. T...

17 Nov
Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

Teen Social Media Posts About Cutting, Other Self-Harm Are Soaring

American teens are increasingly turning to the social media giant Instagram to share graphic images of their own attempts to harm themselves, a new study reveals.

"It could be an attempt to share their emotional or psychological pain with others or find support from othe...

16 Nov
As Countries Become More Tolerant, Suicides Among Gay Men Decline

As Countries Become More Tolerant, Suicides Among Gay Men Decline

A new study confirms that when a country is more accepting of people who are LGBTQ, fewer gay or bisexual men take their own lives.

In a new study, researchers compared life in a country where LGBTQ folks encounter strong stigma with that in a country where stigma agains...

03 Nov
Despite Stress of Pandemic, U.S. Suicide Rate Dropped in 2020

Despite Stress of Pandemic, U.S. Suicide Rate Dropped in 2020

Despite the anxieties and tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic, overall suicide rates in the United States fell by about 3% between 2019 and 2020.

But during the same time frame, suicides increased among people aged 10 to 34. They also rose among Black, American Indian or Ala...

02 Nov
White House Announces Plan to Reduce Gun Suicides

White House Announces Plan to Reduce Gun Suicides

The Biden administration unveiled a plan on Tuesday that aims to cut gun suicides in the United States.

Measures in the

02 Nov
Will the Pandemic Surge in Gun Purchases Raise Suicide Rates?

Will the Pandemic Surge in Gun Purchases Raise Suicide Rates?

Suicidal thoughts are more common among Americans who bought guns when firearm sales spiked during the pandemic, compared to those among other gun owners or folks who don't own guns, a new study shows.

About 6% of U.S. residents bought a gun between March and mid-July of...

29 Oct
Magnetic Brain Stimulation Helped Rid Him of Decades-Long Depression

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Helped Rid Him of Decades-Long Depression

When Tommy Van Brocklin signed up for a trial of a special type of magnetic brain stimulation therapy that could potentially ease his depression, he had already been living with the mood disorder for 45 years.

Van Brocklin, 60, first underwent an MRI that located the par...

29 Oct
High School Football Won't Raise Lifetime Risk for Suicide: Study

High School Football Won't Raise Lifetime Risk for Suicide: Study

Some parents may worry about whether playing high school football might put their kids at risk for depression and suicidal thoughts in adulthood, but new research suggests they can relax.

It included more than 2,300 U.S. males who enrolled in the study at average age of ...

25 Oct
People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

A significantly increased risk of self-harm and suicide among people with autism shows the need for programs to reduce that risk, researchers say.

For their study, the investigators analyzed 31 studies on the link between autism and self-harm/suicide that were posted to ...

25 Oct
Nurses Have Suicidal Thoughts More Often Than Other Workers: Study

Nurses Have Suicidal Thoughts More Often Than Other Workers: Study

U.S. nurses think about suicide more often than other workers do, but are less likely to tell anyone about it, new research reveals.

For the study, the researchers analyzed the responses of more than 7,000 nurses and nearly 5,200 other general workforce members who took ...

22 Oct
U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During Pandemic

U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During Pandemic

Gun violence sky-rocketed by more than 30% across the United States during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 39,000 injuries and deaths nationwide involved a gun in the year starting in February 2019 -- and that number shot up to more than 51,000 between Ma...

21 Oct
When Cancer Strikes, Who's at Higher Risk for Suicide?

When Cancer Strikes, Who's at Higher Risk for Suicide?

U.S. cancer patients in poor and rural areas are more likely to die by suicide than those in affluent, urban areas, a new study finds.

"People who have received a cancer diagnosis are faced with a number of challenges, such as accessing reliable and affordable care, that...

30 Sep
LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

LGBQ Teens More Likely to Contemplate Suicide

Kids who are gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality may be vulnerable to contemplating suicide at a tender age, a new U.S. government study finds.

It has long been known that teenagers who are part of sexual minorities have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and be...

12 Sep
Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs of suicide can save a life, experts say.

Suicide is the 10th leading overall cause of death in the United States, and number two among people between the ages of 10 and 34.

Most suicides result from depression. It can cause someone to feel...

03 Sep
Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: Study

Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: Study

Transgender people have double the odds of dying early compared to folks whose identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender), a long-term study finds.

And the added risk did not decrease over time, according to an analysis of data collected from more t...

17 Aug
Lyme Disease Can Wreak Havoc on Mental Health

Lyme Disease Can Wreak Havoc on Mental Health

Lyme disease can exact a significant mental toll as well as a physical one on its sufferers, a new study confirms.

Patients hospitalized for Lyme disease had a 28% higher incidence of mental disorders and were twice as likely to attempt suicide than people without Lyme, ...

04 Aug
Time to Rethink Suicide Warnings on Labels for Anti-Seizure Meds?

Time to Rethink Suicide Warnings on Labels for Anti-Seizure Meds?

Since 2008, anti-seizure drugs have carried a warning that they may increase users' suicide risk. But a new analysis finds no evidence of such a risk with newer medications.

Researchers found that five medications approved since 2008 showed no link to suicide risk among ...

19 Jul
Shock Therapy Safe, Effective for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Shock Therapy Safe, Effective for Tough-to-Treat Depression

"Shock" therapy often helps lift severe depression, but fear and stigma can deter patients from getting it. Now a large new study is confirming the treatment's safety.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as it's medically known, has been around for decades. For almost as lo...

08 Jul
Depression Plagues Many Coal Miners With Black Lung Disease

Depression Plagues Many Coal Miners With Black Lung Disease

Mental health problems and thoughts of suicide are common among U.S. coal miners with black lung disease, a new study finds.

Black lung is a progressive illness caused by inhaling toxic coal and rock dust in coal mines. There are few treatment options.

"Although co...

06 Jul
People With HIV Have Much Higher Risk for Suicide

People With HIV Have Much Higher Risk for Suicide

Since the advent of AIDS, major advancements in treating HIV infection has turned what used to be a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition.

But new research warns that many people living with HIV/AIDS still face a dramatically higher risk for suicide.

T...

22 Jun
Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

Young adults who use marijuana appear to have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide, according to a new study from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

In fact, the risk that someone between 18 and 34 will think about, plan for or atte...

14 Jun
Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

A rising number of young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an "alarming" increase among Americans aged 5 to 24. And while those suicides remain ra...

11 Jun
Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

The suicide attempt rate has leapt by as much as half among teenage girls during the coronavirus pandemic, a new government study shows.

Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 26% during summer 2020 and...

08 Jun
ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD Meds May Help Keep Some Kids From Thoughts of Suicide

ADHD medications might help lessen the risk of suicide in children with serious behavioral issues, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that medications like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), were linked to ...

17 May
Should There Be 'Gun Retirement' for the Elderly?

Should There Be 'Gun Retirement' for the Elderly?

Just as some elderly drivers need to give up their car keys, older gun owners may eventually face "firearm retirement." And a preliminary study suggests they are open to the idea.

In focus-group interviews with older gun owners, researchers found that many had considered...

07 May
Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Survivors of the intensive care unit (ICU) have a higher risk of self-harm and suicide after discharge than other hospital patients, a Canadian study shows.

Researchers compared the health records of 423,000 ICU survivors in the province of Ontario with those of with 3 m...

28 Apr
Gender-Affirming Surgeries Improve Mental Health in Young, Study Says

Gender-Affirming Surgeries Improve Mental Health in Young, Study Says

When gender-diverse or transgender people have surgeries to affirm their gender, they experience a variety of positive mental health outcomes, new research shows.

The study found an association between the surgeries, which participants had at least two years prior to a s...

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