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2011-03-28 21:46:42

Findings could lead to new avenues of treatment research A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. Johns Hopkins scientists, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have identified a small region on chromosome 2 that is associated with increased risk for attempted suicide. This small region contains four genes, including the ACP1 gene, and the researchers found more than normal levels of the...

2011-03-09 16:19:39

Although thousands of people commit suicide worldwide each year, researchers and doctors do not have any method for evaluating a person's likelihood of thinking about or trying to commit suicide. An international group of scientists, in which the Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) has participated, has devised the first risk index in order to prevent suicides. "It is of key importance to identify suicidal thoughts among people at increased risk. The most important contribution that...

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2011-03-07 12:26:55

Samaritans launched a service on Facebook Monday to help people who express suicidal thoughts on the Internet. Facebook users who see a friend who has posted status updates or wall posts that suggest they may be contemplating suicide will be able to report them confidentially to the support group through the website's help center. The charity will then contact the person through email asking if they need help and counseling. The new service was unveiled just weeks after it emerged that a...

2011-03-04 00:00:28

Confidential Suicide Prevention Hotline Provides Veterans 24/7 Access to Help Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) March 03, 2011 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new public service announcement (PSA) today to address the critical need to help veterans in crisis by raising awareness about suicide prevention resources such as the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). "On average, 18 veterans per day take their own lives," said Sonja V. Batten, Ph.D., Assistant...

2011-02-09 14:25:46

Many school officials react in exactly the wrong ways when one of their students completes suicide, according to the authors of a new book. While they may be well-intentioned, administrators who don't send the right messages may make copycat suicides more likely, and are not providing the help needed by others hurting from the tragedy. "Without the proper knowledge and resources, many school administrators may implement strategies that could actually increase the risk of suicide among...

2011-02-08 22:59:52

Due to the recent economic crisis, an increase of health inequalities between socio-economic groups has been noticed in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme have all reported these inequalities and emphasized its importance and made this issue a priority. There is evidence that such inequalities not only affect general health, but have a particular impact on mental health. A new study, published in...

2011-01-21 00:00:47

Blue Star Families, Health Net and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors join forces with The Creative Coalition to film PSA at the Film Festival in Park City. Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) January 20, 2011 Suicide rates in the military continue to cause concern, and a new public service announcement being filmed this week by members of The Creative Coalition, aims to help service members, veterans and their families reach out for help. Utilizing the arts as a powerful vehicle to create...

2011-01-19 14:40:02

Adult children of divorce are more likely to have seriously considered suicide than their peers from intact families, suggests new research from the University of Toronto In a paper published online this week in the journal Psychiatry Research, investigators examined gender specific differences among a sample of 6,647 adults, of whom 695 had experienced parental divorce before the age of 18. The study found that men from divorced families had more than three times the odds of suicidal...

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2011-01-18 06:05:00

A new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic finds that medical mistakes, burnout and depression led one in 16 surgeons to contemplate suicide in the previous year, with few seeking help out of fear of losing their job. The study involved nearly 8,000 surgeons, six percent of whom of reported recent suicidal thoughts.  Among those who had recently made a medical error, the rate was 16 percent, although it is not known whether the mistakes were the basis for the suicidal thoughts....

2011-01-17 22:35:21

As many as one in 16 surgeons reported having suicidal thoughts in the previous year, but few sought help from a mental health clinician, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Death from suicide is more common among physicians than among the general population or among other professionals, according to background information in the article. "Although suicide is strongly linked to depression, the lifetime risk of depression among...


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