Suicide Prevention

11:48am

Thu May 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Suicide Rate Climbs For Middle-Aged Americans

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:17 pm

Adam Alvarado, Ashley Priest and Jimmy Garcia create a stone cross near the home of former NFL star Junior Seau's beach home in Oceanside, Calif. Seau killed himself with with a gun in May 2012.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

It may be time to change the benchmark for discussion of public health problems in the U.S.

For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important.

Starting in 2009, though, suicides surpassed deaths from crashes. In 2010, there were about 38,000 suicides compared with about 35,000 deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

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9:54am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Ontario's First Nation Struggles With Spike In Suicides

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:50 am

The Neskantaga First Nation is grappling with mental health and other issues in northern Ontario, Canada, where a high suicide rate prompted officials to declare a state of emergency earlier this month. With a population of about 400, the community has seen an average of about 10 suicide attempts a month in 2013, according to local officials.

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7:04am

Sun March 24, 2013
Guns In America

Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 3:58 pm

In Wyoming, a gun is used in about three-quarters of all suicides. Nationally, guns are used about 50 percent of the time.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

7:11am

Fri March 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

Dr. Frank Dumont at his clinic in Estes Park, Colo.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

Dr. Frank Dumont knew one of his favorite patients was getting depressed.

When Dumont first started seeing him in his family practice, the man was in his 70s. He was active and fit; he enjoyed hiking into his 80s. But then things started to change.

"He started complaining of his memory starting to slip," Dumont says. The man would forget where he had placed objects, and he'd struggle to remember simple words and phrases.

Dumont prescribed antidepressants and saw him every eight weeks or so.

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6:00am

Sun March 10, 2013
Gun Debate

In Colorado, Gun Violence Is Disproportionately Personal

Bill Bradford Flickr - Creative Commons

In the 12 years between Colorado’s worst mass shootings at Aurora and Columbine, Coloradans used guns to kill themselves about four times more frequently than they used them to kill each other.

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