Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repurcussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 42,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Although most federally-funded suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, recent years have seen a spike in rates among middle-aged people. Men are especially at risk, with a suicide rate nearly four times higher than that of women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being the highest risk groups.

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Suicide Is a Scary Word

Passive thoughts of suicide should alert every therapist to the possibility that darkness is looming.
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By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
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Gender and Mental Health: Do Men Matter Too?

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Talking to the Doctor’s Family

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First Responders and Mental Health

We must not delay responding to our first responders.

How a Suicide Attempt Can Affect the Brain

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Suicide in the Media

Talking about suicide is essential to getting people the help they need. However, the way in which we discuss, depict, and report on suicide is extremely important.

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Rescuing the Boy in the Bunker

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How the FBI helped resolve one of the most harrowing hostage crises in recent U.S. history

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The psychology behind Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"

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The Netflix show is hitting the cultural mainstream at just the right moment to push an important issue into the spotlight.
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Divide and Conquer

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in One Among Many
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Are you or someone you love having the Spring blues? Excellent and free resources are available to help you and your community.

"Should I Kill Myself?"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in How To Do Life
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Killer's Remorse

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A recent interview with Steven Dean Gordon raises the issue of whether a serial killer can feel genuine remorse.

World Health Day: Unmasking Male Depression

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on April 07, 2017 in Talking About Men
Surveys indicate that men have low rates of depression. As such, a common impression is that depression is generally a woman's disease. But is it?

Male Rape Victims Face Difficulty Finding Support

Although most rape centers don’t turn male victims away, they do not cater specifically to the physical and emotional needs of men who undergo such trauma.

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Des-pair = Feeling unpaired with a reason to live.

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A new report offers evidence that our psyches are as vulnerable as our earth is to global warming.

Lived Expertise and Suicide Prevention

A lesson of the lived experience movement is that it takes those who've experienced suicide risk to break down stigma and change perceptions and policies related to mental health.