Suicide can be contagious too

Suicide can be contagious too

The recent deaths of American fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain due to suicide has sent shock waves across the community and heightened the concern of many about the well-being of their loved ones. People are fearful that increased celebrity suicides might instigate their loved ones to take similar steps, who might be battling with mental health issues. Experts believe that the rise in suicidal behaviors after hearing stories of people ending their lives is causing suicide contagion. Read more

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Club drug ketamine was formed as an anesthetic; however, a recent study by a team of researchers at the Janssen Research and Development has found that spray ketamine can help people experiencing suicidal thoughts. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, highlighted that in addition to coming to people’s rescue when given intravenously, the drug can also be effective when administered in the form of a special nasal spray called esketamine. Read more

Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Study suggests link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

Both high and low blood pressure (BP) can be symptoms of underlying disorders. However, most people tend to underestimate the dangers associated with low BP. The common signs of low BP include feelings of dizziness or complaints of lightheadedness when standing up after sitting or lying down for some time. While physicians look at low blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying physical problem, a recent study suggested that it may increase the risk for suicidal thoughts. Read more

Brain imaging techniques can help identify suicidal tendencies, says study

Brain imaging techniques can help identify suicidal tendencies, says study

Suicide is one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States, still there is not much progress in research pertaining to diagnosis of suicidal tendencies. While prior researches have been able to decode the brain signals associated with depression, a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University is now suggesting how people who attempt suicide can be identified with the help of brain scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) method. The study, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour in October 2017, detailed how the observations could pave the way for a new way of understanding psychological illnesses. Read more

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Family members’ support can help ward off suicide risk

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Family members’ support can help ward off suicide risk

The United States has been witnessing a significant increase in suicide rates in recent years. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), more than 44,000 people die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country. It may not be possible to enlist all the factors that increase vulnerability in some people to suicidal ideation, but experts maintain family can play an important role in preventing people from taking such an extreme step.
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SAMHSA's 2016 report indicates 9.8 million Americans had thoughts about committing suicide

SAMHSA’s 2016 report indicates 9.8 million Americans had thoughts about committing suicide

The latest report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) makes a startling revelation regarding the suicide trends in the U.S. The 2016 report indicates that 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older, had seriously considered taking their lives in the past year, which constitutes 4 percent of the total adult population. Despite the policy makers and researchers ramping up efforts to make lives of Americans better, the number of suicides has remained more or less constant in the past eight years rather than reducing. Read more

Soldiers in army units with history of suicide attempts more likely to try to kill themselves, finds study

Soldiers in army units with history of suicide attempts more likely to try to kill themselves, finds study

Fleeting irrelevant thoughts often assail one when going through a bad phase. But some people actively involve themselves in making suicidal plans or design ways that can help them end their lives. The statistics provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), reveal that roughly 43,000 people take their own lives each year. The AFSP figures also report that an estimated 1.1 million Americans attempt suicide every year. Read more

VA checklist helps bring down suicides among veteran patients

VA checklist helps bring down suicides among veteran patients

A checklist being followed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has helped in reducing suicides at the Veterans Affairs (VA) inpatient mental health units, a recent study has found. The Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist (MHEOCC) has 114 items and it includes questions like are closets free of clothes rods and whether the area is free of unnecessary cords. Read more

Suicide rate at 30-year high in US; NIMH pushes for prevention

Suicide rate at 30-year high in US; NIMH pushes for prevention

Being consumed by depression is similar to being tormented by a long-lasting excruciating pain which drains energy levels. It is a dreadful situation wherein every thought is a battle and every breath is a war. As the French novelist George Sand states in his gothic novel of chivalry and romance: “We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire,” death is easier than living a painful life. Read more