Suicides in Colorado dropped 40% during first 2 months of coronavirus pandemic — but calls to crisis line spiked

Colorado recorded a 40% decrease in suicides in March and April as social-distancing policies aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus kept residents home, according to provisional death-certificate data from the state health department. The data helps paint a complex picture of the mental and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. While suicides are down from 2019 levels, […]

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Up to a third of opioid overdose deaths might be suicides, researcher concludes

Tens of thousands of people fatally overdose each year on opioids and other drugs. Sometimes medical examiners label them accidents, and sometimes they don’t know what to call them. But where humans waver, a computer program using a kind of artificial intelligence finds many are likely suicides—possibly a third of them, according to a study by a Johns Hopkins School […]

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Tendency to correlate uptick in suicides and social media is not backed by data

Are smartphones and screen media behind the rise in adolescent suicide and dysphoria—or are economic and parental pressures just as likely contributors? The recent increases in adolescent suicide in the United States have raised concerns about the effects of heavy online screen-media use. Some researchers have suggested that the elevated suicide rate and depression among adolescents and young adults reflect […]

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‘He’s not crazy. He’s hurting’: Suicides are rising for young black and Latino men in Texas

Hip-hop is therapy for Tye Harris. Tonight’s session is at the Granada Theater. He takes the stage in his red Adidas joggers and a jean jacket. He’s nervous, but he pulls the mic close to him. It’s time to channel T.Y.E, his alter ego and more confident side. The lights dim and his hip-hopera begins: “Something is unusual, with me […]

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US youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated with a 26.9 percent increase in the youth suicide rate. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study […]

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