Six subtle warning signs of suicide

Every year, approximately 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide — that’s one person every 40 seconds. By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts this number will increase to one person every 20 seconds.

Although talking about mental health once seemed taboo, the global spike in suicide has shed light on how men and women of all ages and backgrounds suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, substance use and mood disorders. Preventing a loved one from taking their life starts with identifying the warning signs—especially those which are more discreet than others.  more

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Irishman launches Christmas mental health campaign after seven men commit suicide over 10 days in one county

A DAD-OF-TWO has launched a Christmas campaign on social media to encourage people to take mental health seriously after seven men committed suicide in Co. Meath over the past fornight.

Gary Costello, from Kilmessan in the eastern county, felt compelled to do something after becoming concerned for the future of his own boys, aged one and three, in the wake of the deaths.

In less than two weeks, seven men took their own lives in areas including Athboy, Duleek, Kells, Kildalkey and Trim.  more

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The Weight of the Badge and Police Officer Suicides

For the first time in policing, departments have started to openly discuss the weight of the badge and the impact it has on the mental health of officers.

Operation Crime and Justice traveled to Chicago, where three police officers committed suicide in three months. After investigating the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Department of Justice found officers there committed suicide at a rate 60 percent higher than the national average.

As a child, Scott Tracz dreamt of policing Chicago streets.

“He wanted to fix the bad city,” his cousin Ark Maciaszek said to Lead Investigative Reporter Joy Lepola in an interview.  more

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Tyson Fury has beaten his demons to become a champion for mental health

The heavyweight boxer who used to pray for death has shown that depression and addiction don’t have to be for ever

As a psychiatrist whose job is to preserve healthy minds, it feels a little unusual to be championing a mental health advocate who punches people in the head for a job. But that’s where I find myself with Tyson Fury.

On Sunday, having set my alarm for silly o’clock in the morning, I got up, boiled the kettle and sat down to watch two grown men try to knock each other into states of unconsciousness; the kind I’d always been taught to avoid at medical school. I’m not really a fan of boxing. Besides the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy induced by a head injury (“punch-drunk syndrome”), I’ve never understood how bloody violence is permissible in society so long as it’s within a ring?   more

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Vets helping vets: Tackling mental health issues, one difficult conversation at a time

You can wave an American flag, put a bumper sticker on your car or tie a yellow ribbon around an old oak tree, but a difficult conversation about mental health with a veteran could actually save a life.

In a divisive time in the United States, almost all politicians and civilians can find common ground when it comes to supporting the troops. Yet, veterans are still dying daily due to a lack of mental health services.

In 2016, 6,079 veterans died by suicide across the country, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Seventy of those deaths occurred n Indiana, and more than half of those veterans were 55 or older.  more

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Research reveals that 1 in 4 suicide attempts are associated with perceptual difficulties

Researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) have revealed that one quarter of suicide attempts are associated with dysfunction in how the brain interprets basic perceptual information, such as what we see, hear and think. The research shows that this dysfunction can predict suicidal behaviour, and offers new prospects for treatment and suicide prevention. The research has today been published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Symptoms such as depressed mood, feelings of worthlessness and a sense of hopelessness are well documented in suicidal behaviour. However, in an analysis of more than 80,000 people, new  has revealed that one quarter of individuals who attempted or died by  had problems in basic sensory , such as hearing or seeing things that aren’t really there—otherwise known as ‘perceptual abnormalities’.

Such episodes are not necessarily associated with  or depression and can occur in people who do not experience mental illness, according to the study.  more

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Lady Gaga shares mental health struggle, thoughts of suicide: ‘My inner voice shut down’

 Lady Gaga pre-empted her speech Thursday night about the need for mental health programs with a warning.

“I feel very much like I do not belong here,” the pop star-turned-Oscar-buzzworthy actress said to actors and producers at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s annual fundraiser Patron Of the Artists Awards, where Spike Lee, Harrison Ford and Jeffrey Katzenberg were also honored.

“So I spent three-and-a-half hours writing what I was going to say. And as I’ve been sitting here all night, I’ve been going, ‘Oh my God, your speech is too long and everybody’s going to get bored.’ “

At about 20 minutes, the speech was long, yes. But the room of actors was riveted by what Gaga said from the podium about kindness, mental health outreach and her own struggles.  more

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15 Celebrities We Tragically Lost to Mental Illness

Though there have been more and more discussions about mental illness and the disruptive effect it can have on people’s lives, there is still a major stigma surrounding it. This stigma can cause people to hide their pain and try and deal with things behind closed doors. While many people, including celebrities, have decided to come forward and be transparent about their mental health struggles, discussing the issue does not always mean that you can overcome it.

Mental illness, like any other disease, is a battle that must be confronted every day. Sadly, not everyone can overcome the pain that weights down on them. Whether it’s depression, past traumas, bipolar disorder, or something else altogether, here are 15 celebrities that we tragically lost to mental illness.  more

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Suicide: A Tragic Sign of the Times

The suicide epidemic is a social fact.

Unknown by many people is the fact that the rate of suicide is sharply on the rise in the U.S. and has been for more than a decade. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently reported that its annual call volume has doubled from 1 million in 2014 to more than 2 million in 2017.

Incredibly, there are now 45,000 suicides in the U.S. annually, which means that suicides outnumber murders nearly three-to-one.

The federal statistics also reveal that suicide demographic patterns are changing in the U.S. Suicide is no longer concentrated among isolated, elderly Americans and, to a lesser extent, troubled teenagers. It has been dramatically on the rise among middle-aged Americans. There has also been a dramatic increase in suicides among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  more

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100 Voices: Laura Sheeran On The Need to Talk About Suicide: #NowWereTalking

We invited a 100-strong chorus of artists, writers, musicians, broadcasters, sports stars and more to contribute to Now We’re Talking, a mental health campaign, run in partnership with Lyons Tea and Pieta House. Laura Sheeran shares her story…

I can’t say that I’ve battled with depression or suffered any serious mental health issues – and I’m very lucky to be able to say that – but many of my friends and family have. I’ve known so many people who’ve died by suicide. The first time I lost somebody that I cared about to suicide I was 11. My mom’s best friend died by suicide and she took her two children with her. It was the most horrific, tragic thing ever. So as a kid I became aware of these things.   more

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