Suicide & Self-Harm

Overdoses, Suicides Now Leading Causes of Pregnancy-Related Mortality

Overdoses, Suicides Now Leading Causes of Pregnancy-Related Mortality

Self-harm has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado between 2004 and 2012.

PET Imaging Serotonin Biomarker May Predict Suicide Risk

PET Imaging Serotonin Biomarker May Predict Suicide Risk

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There is a clear need for methods to help identify individuals at risk of suicide, and certain biomarkers could aid in such efforts.

Parental Mental Health History Confers Suicide, Violence Risks in Offspring

Parental Mental Health History Confers Suicide, Violence Risks in Offspring

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Incidence rate ratios were more increased for parental diagnoses of antisocial personality, cannabis use, and parental suicide attempt.

Tools for Suicide Risk Identification at Discharge May Be on Horizon

Tools for Suicide Risk Identification at Discharge May Be on Horizon

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Those admitted to a hospital with a psychiatric diagnosis were 63% likely to die by suicide.

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

Association Between Poor Physical Health and Suicide Among Elderly Men

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The extent or severity of physical ailments and functional impairment needs to be carefully examined in order to successfully prevent suicide in late life.

Study Identifies Psychological Processes Underlying Sleep-Suicide Link

Study Identifies Psychological Processes Underlying Sleep-Suicide Link

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Suicide prevention strategies should include the provision of nighttime services.

Spotlight on Teen Suicide Prevention

Spotlight on Teen Suicide Prevention

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National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5 - 11, 2016

Is This Patient Suicidal? Tips for Effective Assessment

Is This Patient Suicidal? Tips for Effective Assessment

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Many suicidal people experience difficulty describing their internal states, making assessment more challenging and demanding a high level of skill.

New Suicide Prevention Opportunities Identified

New Suicide Prevention Opportunities Identified

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More than 80% of males and 87% of females who died from a subsequent suicide attempt did so within 12 months of their first attempt.

Hospitalization for Serious Infections Linked to Suicide Risk

Hospitalization for Serious Infections Linked to Suicide Risk

This nationwide population-based cohort study is currently the largest study to examine infections as a predictor of death by suicide.

Locked Wards May Not Prevent Inpatient Suicide, Absconding

Locked Wards May Not Prevent Inpatient Suicide, Absconding

Treatment on open wards was linked to lower odds of suicide attempts and to absconding with and without return.

Smoking Reduction Linked to Reduced Suicidality in Patients With Psychotic Conditions

Smoking Reduction Linked to Reduced Suicidality in Patients With Psychotic Conditions

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At 12 months, researchers found a significant association between smoking reduction and suicidality.

Improvements Needed In Suicide Prevention Hotlines

Improvements Needed In Suicide Prevention Hotlines

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Researchers found variation in the quality of responses to callers.

Veteran Suicides Fuel Widespread Demands for Answers

Veteran Suicides Fuel Widespread Demands for Answers

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As the Congress, VA, CDC and the Obama Administration address the issue, recent neuroimaging studies point to effective diagnostic tools available for PTSD and TBI — two common conditions among suicide victims.

Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk

Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk

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The findings could have important clinical implications in the treatment of patients with arthritis.

CDC Report: Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates

CDC Report: Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates

Events that happen in childhood and adolescence can predispose individuals to suicidal behavior.

Church Attendance Lowers Suicide Rates in a Subgroup of Women

Church Attendance Lowers Suicide Rates in a Subgroup of Women

Identifying environmental factors that reduce the risk of suicidal behavior is crucial.

AAP Urges Pediatricians to Screen Teens for Suicide Risk Factors

AAP Urges Pediatricians to Screen Teens for Suicide Risk Factors

Identifying environmental factors that put teens at risk for suicidal behavior is crucial.

Suicide Prevention in Veterans

Suicide Prevention in Veterans

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Meeting the Needs of a Vulnerable Population

Discussing Suicide With Maria Oquendo, MD, APA President-Elect

Discussing Suicide With Maria Oquendo, MD, APA President-Elect

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Maria Oquendo, MD, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses her goals for the association.

Childhood Trauma, Not Impulsivity, Linked With Suicide Attempts

Childhood Trauma, Not Impulsivity, Linked With Suicide Attempts

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These findings contradict previous data that impulsivity is a risk factor for suicide attempts.

Coping With Patient Suicide Among Psychiatry Trainees and Clinicians

Coping With Patient Suicide Among Psychiatry Trainees and Clinicians

Strategies are needed to help physicians cope with patient suicide.

Campus Suicide Crisis: A Need for Prevention

Campus Suicide Crisis: A Need for Prevention

The lifetime prevalence rate for serious suicidal ideation on campuses is on the rise.

CDC Reports 24% Increase in US Suicide Rates

CDC Reports 24% Increase in US Suicide Rates

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What might be behind rising US suicide rates?

No Increase Seen in Pediatric Suicide Risk With Atomoxetine vs Stimulants

No Increase Seen in Pediatric Suicide Risk With Atomoxetine vs Stimulants

Atomoxetine was not found to be associated with increased suicide risk compared with stimulant use in children and adolescents.

Adolescents Especially Vulnerable to Suicide Clusters

Adolescents Especially Vulnerable to Suicide Clusters

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A potential hurdle for clinicians and communities following adolescent suicides is to promote preventability while simultaneously reducing feelings of guilt.

Frequency of Suicidal Ideation Predicts Suicide Attempts But Not Deaths

Frequency of Suicidal Ideation Predicts Suicide Attempts But Not Deaths

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Persistent suicidal ideation was identified in up to 40% of participants with first-episode psychosis.

Suicidal Patients Rarely Asked About Firearm Access in ER

Suicidal Patients Rarely Asked About Firearm Access in ER

These findings point to missed chances for intervention.

Treating Patients Who Have Experienced Stillbirth

Treating Patients Who Have Experienced Stillbirth

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Stillbirth is associated with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety and other manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Strong Link Found Between Postpartum Depression and Suicide Risk

Strong Link Found Between Postpartum Depression and Suicide Risk

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Study is the first to compare suicide risk of new mothers with postpartum disorder to other categories of women.

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