Latest Norman Farberow Stories

2011-11-02 22:01:19

Roughly 1 million people die by suicide each year. In the U.S., where nearly 36,000 people take their own lives annually, more than 4,600 victims are between the ages of 10 and 24, making suicide the third leading cause of death in this age group. Youths treated at hospital emergency rooms for suicidal behavior remain at very high risk for future suicide attempts. But despite the urgent need to provide them with mental health follow-up care, many don't receive any such care after their...

2010-05-20 11:05:13

The U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program (AFSPP) has reduced suicide rates significantly since it was launched in 1996, according to a new study that examined almost three decades of data. "The enduring public health message from 12 years of this program is that suicide rates can be reduced, and that program success requires interventions to be consistently supported, maintained, and monitored for compliance," the researchers conclude in the study published by the American Journal of...

2008-09-22 15:00:53

Keeping in touch with people who have tried to kill themselves is a cheap-but-effective way of heading off further suicide attempts, Australian researchers say. A study of 2,000 people in Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Iran and China shows the low-cost strategy can significantly reduce the risk of suicides, said study co-author Diego De Leo, director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. The study found that subsequent suicide deaths were reduced from 2.2 percent in...

Word of the Day
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'