Suicide & Self-Harm


Temperature, Seasonal Changes Associated With Suicide Attempts in Young People

Temperature, Seasonal Changes Associated With Suicide Attempts in Young People

Suicide attempts were shown to increase in the summer and during periods of warmer temperatures in people age 15 to 25.

Antiepileptic Drugs Not Linked to Suicide-Related Behavior

Antiepileptic Drugs Not Linked to Suicide-Related Behavior

Suicide-related behavior was not found to be linked with epilepsy status or AEDs.

Disagreement Over Connection Between Suicide Risk May and Household Firearm Possession

Disagreement Over Connection Between Suicide Risk May and Household Firearm Possession

Many adults in the US do not believe that guns in the house increase the risk of suicide.

Lithium Reduces Risk of Suicide in Patients With Mood Disorders

Lithium Reduces Risk of Suicide in Patients With Mood Disorders

Lithium is the only medication to demonstrate an antisuicidal effect over and above its action on mood episodes in bipolar disorder.

Lithium Remains Underused for Mood Disorders in US Clinical Practice

Lithium Remains Underused for Mood Disorders in US Clinical Practice

The use of lithium is underused for treating mood disorders.

Suicidal Behavior, Thoughts Associated With Perfectionist Tendencies

Suicidal Behavior, Thoughts Associated With Perfectionist Tendencies

Perfectionist tendencies are positively associated with suicide attempts and ideation.

Rising Numbers of Suicide Attempts in Younger Adults

Rising Numbers of Suicide Attempts in Younger Adults

The number of suicide attempts has risen in younger adults with less formal education and with mental illness.

Psychotic Experiences Associated With Subsequent Suicidal Thoughts

Psychotic Experiences Associated With Subsequent Suicidal Thoughts

Research has shown psychotic experiences to be associated with subsequent suicidal thoughts and behaviors, particularly in children younger than 12.

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

Frequent cannabis use was shown to be associated with an increased risk of major depressive disorder and suicidal ideation.

FDA Grants Fast Track Status to Oral Treatment for Acute Suicidal Ideation

FDA Grants Fast Track Status to Oral Treatment for Acute Suicidal Ideation

NRX-100 followed by NRX-101 has been granted Fast Track status by the Food and Drug Administration.

Higher Suicide Risk in Young Adults With Chronic Illness

Higher Suicide Risk in Young Adults With Chronic Illness

Young adults with diseases such as asthma, are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide.

Psychiatric Evaluations: Questions on Suicide Need to Be Rephrased

Psychiatric Evaluations: Questions on Suicide Need to Be Rephrased

Suicidal ideation in patients is often missed by psychiatrists who use questions biased toward confirming patients are not suicidal.

Subsequent Suicide Attempts May Be Reduced by Emergency Department Interventions

Subsequent Suicide Attempts May Be Reduced by Emergency Department Interventions

Emergency departments may reduce subsequent suicide attempts and risk, according to multiple university studies.

'13 Reasons Why' Raises Suicide Awareness, But Also Suicide Ideation

'13 Reasons Why' Raises Suicide Awareness, But Also Suicide Ideation

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, brought up concerns that viewers may be inspired to act on suicidal thoughts.

Depression Treatment May Benefit from Use of Ketamine

Depression Treatment May Benefit from Use of Ketamine

Ketamine can provide acute benefits for treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, and major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation.

Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Hospitalizations Among Youth Have Doubled

Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Hospitalizations Among Youth Have Doubled

Teens suffering from depression are more likely to say they are "stressed" or "anxious" or "down."

Brief Suicide Screening Identifies At-Risk Adolescents in Urgent Care

Brief Suicide Screening Identifies At-Risk Adolescents in Urgent Care

A brief screening tool can identify patients at risk for suicide without significantly interrupting the flow of acute care.

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

Suicide attempts and sleep in adults are associated with Internet addiction.

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Proper Identification and Treatment

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Proper Identification and Treatment

Self-injury treatment strategies can be challenging because some patients are ambivalent about receiving help.

Borderline Personality Disorder Psychotherapy Treatments Prove Effective

Borderline Personality Disorder Psychotherapy Treatments Prove Effective

Borderline personality disorder symptoms, self-harm, and suicide were effectively reduced by psychotherapy treatment.

Suicide Rates Reduced by Handgun Control

Suicide Rates Reduced by Handgun Control

States with universal background checks experienced a decrease in suicides between 2013 and 2014.

Rate of Repeated Suicide Attempts Decreases With Early Follow-Up

Rate of Repeated Suicide Attempts Decreases With Early Follow-Up

Prevention of repeated suicide attempts was most effective with prompt recontact of patients.

Spousal Suicide Linked to Higher Risk for Mental, Physical Problems

Spousal Suicide Linked to Higher Risk for Mental, Physical Problems

The suicide of a spouse can lead to an increased risk for mental disorders and certain medical conditions.

Suicidal Ideation in Bipolar Depression: A Potential New Treatment

Suicidal Ideation in Bipolar Depression: A Potential New Treatment

A new agent would be the first oral treatment for suicidal behavior in patients with bipolar depression.

Depression, Self-Harm Risk May Increase With BPH Medication

Depression, Self-Harm Risk May Increase With BPH Medication

Adult males who used 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors exhibited an increased risk of self-harm did increase.

Suicidal Teenagers' Hospitalization Risk Reduced by Crisis Intervention

Suicidal Teenagers' Hospitalization Risk Reduced by Crisis Intervention

Family-based crisis intervention for suicidal teenagers led to higher levels of satisfaction and greater feelings of family empowerment.

Suicide Rate Rising Faster in Less Urban Areas

Suicide Rate Rising Faster in Less Urban Areas

The highest suicide rates were among 35- to 64-year-olds, and people 75 and older.

Schizophrenia Associated With Years of Life Lost

Schizophrenia Associated With Years of Life Lost

Schizophrenia was associated with 13 to 15 years of potential life lost.

Suicide Risk Highest in Older Men

Suicide Risk Highest in Older Men

Older men with multiple health comorbidities have the highest suicide risk.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Factors such as shame and stigma impede the dialogue about mental illness across cultures.

Suicidal Ideation, Behavior Higher Among Those Seeking HIV Testing

Suicidal Ideation, Behavior Higher Among Those Seeking HIV Testing

Individuals who seek HIV testing could potentially constitute a group at higher risk for suicide than the general population.

Anxiety, Hopelessness With Huntington's Risk Most Predictive of Suicidal Ideation

Anxiety, Hopelessness With Huntington's Risk Most Predictive of Suicidal Ideation

Behavioral symptoms strongly linked to suicidal ideation included depression, irritability, aggression, and impulsivity.

Pilots Suffer Depression, Suicidal Thoughts at Fairly High Rates

Pilots Suffer Depression, Suicidal Thoughts at Fairly High Rates

Hundreds of active pilots manage depressive symptoms without the possibility of treatment due to fear of negative career impact.

Medical Students at High Risk for Depression, Suicidal Ideation

Medical Students at High Risk for Depression, Suicidal Ideation

High levels of stress and responsibility lead to greater prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in medical students.

Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Demonstrate Higher Risk of Suicide

Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Demonstrate Higher Risk of Suicide

The prevalence of acute coronary syndrome was significantly higher among those who committed suicide than with healthy individuals.

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

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

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

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

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

Suicide prevention strategies should include the provision of nighttime services.

Spotlight on Teen Suicide Prevention

Spotlight on Teen Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5 - 11, 2016

Is This Patient Suicidal? Tips for Effective Assessment

Is This Patient Suicidal? Tips for Effective Assessment

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

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

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

Researchers found variation in the quality of responses to callers.

Veteran Suicides Fuel Widespread Demands for Answers

Veteran Suicides Fuel Widespread Demands for Answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novel Therapy Leads to Significant Reduction in Suicide Re-Attempts

Novel Therapy Leads to Significant Reduction in Suicide Re-Attempts

The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program is a low-cost psychiatric intervention for patients in a hospital after an attempt.

Antidepressants May Double Risk of Suicide, Aggression In Adolescents

Antidepressants May Double Risk of Suicide, Aggression In Adolescents

The odds ratios for children and adolescents were 2.39 for suicidality, 2.79 for aggression, and 2.15 for akathisia.

Suicide Risk Increased 3-Fold After Concussion

Suicide Risk Increased 3-Fold After Concussion

The long-term risk of suicide is increased, particularly after concussions on weekends.

Suicide Risk May Be Increased In Those Impacted By Suicide

Suicide Risk May Be Increased In Those Impacted By Suicide

Those bereaved by suicide were 65% more likely to attempt suicide than those bereaved by natural causes.

Why Do Older White Men Have A Higher Suicide Risk?

Why Do Older White Men Have A Higher Suicide Risk?

An inability to cope with the normal challenges of aging as well as dominant cultural scripts of masculinity, aging, and suicide may be responsible.

The Impact of Physical Pain on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

The Impact of Physical Pain on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

A meta-analysis quantifies the association between chronic pain and the spectrum of suicidal behaviors.

Younger Military Veterans Have Higher Suicide Risk

Younger Military Veterans Have Higher Suicide Risk

Generational values and recruitment of higher risk military personnel may help explain the U.S. military's higher suicide rates.

Parental Death In Childhood Raises Suicide Risk

Parental Death In Childhood Raises Suicide Risk

Suicide risk may be strongly influenced by events that happen early in life.

Internet-Based CBT Lowers Suicidal Ideation in Medical Interns

Internet-Based CBT Lowers Suicidal Ideation in Medical Interns

Interns who participated in Web-based CBT were less likely to endorse suicidal ideation compared with those assigned to attention-control group.

Suicide, Mental Illness Risks Increase During Recessions

Suicide, Mental Illness Risks Increase During Recessions

Prior to the recession that lasted from 2008 to 2010, suicides rates were actually declining in the United Kingdom.

Lack of Practitioner Screening Roadblock For Bullied Teens

Lack of Practitioner Screening Roadblock For Bullied Teens

Less than 25% of adolescents who are bullied every receive appropriate help.

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program Reduces Attempts

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program Reduces Attempts

An estimated 79,000 suicide attempts may have been averted after implementation of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program.

Bariatric Surgery May Boost Suicide Risk

Bariatric Surgery May Boost Suicide Risk

A substitution of substance misuse for food and increased stress may affect the likelihood of depression and suicidal behavior.

What's Behind Rising Suicide Rates in Middle Age?

What's Behind Rising Suicide Rates in Middle Age?

Growing unemployment, financial and legal problems in the 40-64 age bracket may be behind the rise.

Mental Health Screenings of Teens by PCPs Can Prevent Suicides

Mental Health Screenings of Teens by PCPs Can Prevent Suicides

Many primary care practitioners of mistake signs of depression, such as moodiness or loss of appetite, as part of puberty.

Better Screening, Fast-Acting Meds Could Prevent Suicides

Better Screening, Fast-Acting Meds Could Prevent Suicides

A new study aims to determine whether a nasally administered version of the anesthetic esketamine can treat acutely suicidal patients.

Restricting Access to Suicide Hotspots Curbs Occurrence

Restricting Access to Suicide Hotspots Curbs Occurrence

Reducing access to bridges and tall buildings, encouraging help-seeking, and increasing third-party intervention reduces suicide rates.

Young People, Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Young People, Suicide Prevention and Social Media

A small project in Australia has high school students and researchers developing suicide prevention interventions using social media.

Exercise Wards Off Suicidal Ideation in Bullied Kids

Exercise Wards Off Suicidal Ideation in Bullied Kids

Suicidal ideation and attempts were 23% lower in bullied students who exercised at least four times per week.

Many Med Students Complain of Inadequate Mental Health Support

Many Med Students Complain of Inadequate Mental Health Support

Thirty percent of medical students said they experienced or received treatment for a mental health condition, and 15% considered suicide.

Goth Teens Have Higher Depression, Suicide Risk

Goth Teens Have Higher Depression, Suicide Risk

Teens who identified as Goth were were three times more likely to be clinically depressed and five times more likely to self-harm.

'Depressive Mixed States' Often Precede Suicide Attempts

'Depressive Mixed States' Often Precede Suicide Attempts

Study finds that 40% of depressed patients who attempted suicide had a mixed episode.

Man Therapy™: Using Humor to Engage 'Double-Jeopardy' Men to Think About Mental Health in a Different Way

Man Therapy™: Using Humor to Engage 'Double-Jeopardy' Men to Think About Mental Health in a Different Way

New program aims to tackle mental health issues and suicidal thoughts among men, a population often hesistant to ask for help.

Biomarkers, Plus App Questionnaire Can Predict Risk of Suicide

Biomarkers, Plus App Questionnaire Can Predict Risk of Suicide

RNA biomarkers, combined with a new questionnaire provided in an app, were able to predict with over 90% accuracy who was at risk for suicidal ideation.

Better Support for Released Inmates May Reduce Suicide Risk

Better Support for Released Inmates May Reduce Suicide Risk

The majority of prisoners reported a history of family breakdown or abandonment as a child, physical abuse or neglect, and excessive drug and alcohol abuse in their family homes.

Socially Integrated Women Less Likely to Commit Suicide

Socially Integrated Women Less Likely to Commit Suicide

Socially isolated women who were less socially integrated were more likely to be employed full time and were more likely to smoke.

Marijuana Edible Implicated in Colorado Suicide

Marijuana Edible Implicated in Colorado Suicide

A young man leapt to his death after consuming marijuana-laced cookie.

Attempted Suicide Most Common in New Soldiers

Attempted Suicide Most Common in New Soldiers

Women, whether they were enlisted or officers, were twice as likely to attempt suicide as men.

Brief CBT Reduces Suicidal Behavior Among Military Personnel

Brief CBT Reduces Suicidal Behavior Among Military Personnel

Soldiers were much less likely to attempt suicide after a 12-session outpatient CBT program.

Living in Disadvantaged Cities Can Raise Suicide Risk

Living in Disadvantaged Cities Can Raise Suicide Risk

Individuals living in socio-economically disadvantaged cities that also have relatively few residents living in family setting have higher suicide risk.

Suicide, Violence Risks in Schizophrenia Patients Appear to Grow

Suicide, Violence Risks in Schizophrenia Patients Appear to Grow

Long-term study finds rates of suicide, early death and violent crime continue to increase over time in patients with schizophrenia.

Little Evidence Chantix Increases Risk of Suicidal Behavior

Little Evidence Chantix Increases Risk of Suicidal Behavior

Study of nearly 70,000 people prescribed varenicline for smoking cessation found drug not associated with significant increases in suicidal behavior, psychosis.

Bipolar Disorder Changes Some Brain Development in Adolescents

Bipolar Disorder Changes Some Brain Development in Adolescents

Two areas of the brain involved in emotional regulation develop differently in young people with bipolar disorder.

Questions Linger Over Long-Term Use of Psychiatric Drugs

Questions Linger Over Long-Term Use of Psychiatric Drugs

One Danish scientist argues that the benefits of psychiatric drugs have been exaggerated and their harms minimized.

Experience Negatively Influences Psychiatrists' Response to Suicidal Patients

Experience Negatively Influences Psychiatrists' Response to Suicidal Patients

Fourth-year psychiatry residents had a more pessimistic outlook on their suicidal patients compared with first-year residents.

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