Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council Partners With the National Institute of Mental Health
RADNOR, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeling Blue Suicide
Prevention Council has been selected as the NIMH Outreach Partner for the state of Pennsylvania. Feeling Blue Suicide
Prevention Council joins Outreach Partners in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Colum...
VA's Suicide Prevention Message Carried on 21,000 Buses
WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The telephone number for the suicide
prevention "lifeline" of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now being carried on more than 21,000 city buses in 124 communities across the United States and will run until Sept. 1, 2009.
Sedatives Increase Suicide Risk Among Elderly
Doctors should carefully screen older patients before prescribing, researcher says
THURSDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) --Sedatives greatly increase the risk of suicide
in the elderly, Swedish researchers say.
In their study, hypnotic medication also was linked with a greater likeliho...
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Even those who only think they're fat face higher risk, study finds,,
MONDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight teens, or those who believe they are, are more likely than other teens to attempt suicide, according to a U.S. study.
Researchers looked at more than 14,000 high sch...
Americans United for Life Represents 28 Bipartisan Montana Legislators Arguing Assisted Suicide Not a Right
CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life (AUL) today filed a friend of the court brief before the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of a bipartisan group of 28 Montana Senators and Representatives, arguing there is no right to assisted suicide
under the State's constitu...
Death Certificates Incomplete for Suicide Victims
Failing to list mental disorders makes prevention more difficult, study finds,,,,
FRIDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- About half of those who commit suicide
have been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
But fewer than 10 percent of their death certificates list mental disorder as a ...
Early Psychiatric Issues May Predict Suicide in Boys
Study finds a 'pathway of persistence' throughout life
MONDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- Boys who suffer mental health problems may be at increased risk for suicide
when they're teens or young adults, Finnish researchers say.
Their study included 5,302 people who were born in 198...
Post-Traumatic Stress Tied to Increased Suicide Risk
How young adults respond to early trauma seems to play a role, study finds,,
MONDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increases the risk of suicide
in young adults, says a U.S. study of 1,698 participants who were tracked for 15 years after they started...
VA Suicide Prevention Hotline Credited with 2,600 'Saves'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the military deals with a record number of suicides among active-duty forces, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki reminded Veterans and their families that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an extensive array of services to help...
Nightmares increase risk of further suicide attempts
A thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, concludes that people who have nightmares following a suicide
attempt are five times more likely to attempt suicide
again, compared with those who do not have nightmares.
The study included 165 patients aged 18-69 years, w...
SSRI Antidepressants May Lower Adult Suicide Risk
But their effect on depressed individuals under 25 remains unclear, researchers say
TUESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may significantly reduce the risk of attempted or completed suicide
in depressed adults, according to a review of eigh...
Regular Church Attendance May Lower Suicide Risk
'Spirituality' has little effect, but active practice plays a role, study suggests
FRIDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly attend religious services may be less likely to attempt suicide
than others, a Canadian study suggests.
University of Manitoba researchers anal...
FDA Finds No Link So Far Between Asthma Drugs and Suicide Risk
Singulair, top-selling drug for teens, plus Accolate and Zyflo show no behavioral changes in trials submitted by manufacturers, agency says; safety review to continue
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- An ongoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety review of possible suicidal...
With Depression, Vets Face Higher Suicide Risk
Experts urge more attention be paid after hospital discharge,,,,
MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- About a third of the veterans treated in Veterans Affairs hospitals suffer from depression, putting them at much greater risk of suicide
than non-depressed veterans, University of Mich...
FDA Adds Suicide Warning to Epilepsy Drugs
Says patients on antiepileptics need to be monitored for indications of mood changes
TUESDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it was adding a label warning on heightened suicide
risk for users of antiepileptic drugs.
Doctors raise questions, concerns about FDA suicide warning
SEATTLE, December 8, 2008Medical specialists at the nation's largest professional meeting on epilepsy discussed multiple questions and concerns they have about data presented by the FDA in support of its recent suicide
alert on anticonvulsant drugs (AEDs) and the potential effect of the federal ag...
Americans United For Life Denounces Montana Court's Assisted Suicide Decision, Urges Appeal
CHICAGO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life (AUL) condemns a Montana trial court's ruling that persons in the state have a right to die by assisted suicide, and urges the state to appeal the decision to the Montana State Supreme Court.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL P...
Prognosis after attempted suicide impaired by psychiatric disorder
[PRESS RELEASE, 19 November 2008] People who have attempted suicide
at some point in their lives are more likely to actually succeed in committing suicide
at a later date. The risk is particularly high for people with serious psychiatric disorder, according to a new study from the Swedish medical ...
Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law May Overlook Depressed Patients
Study finds 1 in 4 terminally ill not getting treatment that could influence decision
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Oregon's physician-assisted suicide
law may not adequately protect the one in four terminally ill patients with clinical depression, a new study says.
Older Problem Gamblers Face Increased Suicide Risk
Over-55 bettors more likely to ask casinos to bar them, fearing self harm if they can't stop
SUNDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older problem gamblers who ask to be barred from casinos are three to four times more likely than younger gambling addicts to do so because they're afraid t...
Older problem gamblers may face greater suicide risk than younger counterparts, study finds
WASHINGTON Compared to their younger counterparts, older problem gamblers who ask casinos to bar them from returning are three to four times more likely to do so because they fear they will kill themselves if they don't stop betting, according to a new study.
Researchers Lia Nower, JD, PhD, o...
VA Suicide Prevention Panel Completes Draft Report
Group Lauds VA's Comprehensive Strategy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A blue-ribbon panel has
praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its "comprehensive
strategy" in suicide
prevention that includes a "number of initiatives and
innovations that hold great promise ...
AUDIO from Medialink and Nationwide Children's Hospital: Skyrocketing Kids' Suicide Numbers Still High
NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A sudden sharp increase in the
suicide rate for teens and children is causing concern for parents and
healthcare professionals. Here's more on the trend and what might be
Listen to this report from Nationwide Children's Hospital at:
Older Patients With Cancer at Heightened Suicide Risk
3 studies urge better management of patients' emotional distress to improve quality of life
TUESDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients are at increased risk for suicide, according to three new studies.
In the first study, researchers at the University of Washington analyz...
Post-partum suicide attempt risks studied
New York, August 6, 2008 Although maternal suicide
after giving birth is a relatively rare occurrence, suicide
attempts often have long-lasting effects on the family and the infant. In a study published in the August 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers com...
Chantix Blamed for Suicide in Lawsuit Against Pfizer Filed by Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A lawsuit charges
pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was motivated by greed when it failed to warn
the public of potentially deadly side-effects associated with its popular
smoking cessation drug varenicline which is marketed under the trade name
Chantix. The ...
Antidepressants in suicide prevention
Depression is the most important single factor predisposing to suicide, and more than half of all subjects completing suicide
are known to have suffered from depression. Unfortunately, depression is still often untreated or undertreated, even after a suicide
attempt. Antidepressive drugs represent...
As I-1000 Signatures are Counted, Washington State Medical Association Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide Reiterated
SEATTLE, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Medical
Association (WSMA) opposes Initiative-1000, the measure to legalize
in Washington state. The opposition was
emphatically voted on at the WSMA's annual meeting last year.
"We believe physician-a...
'Hope, Volume One,' a CD benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), to Be released on June 24, 2008
Compilation features Charlotte Martin, Lisa Loeb, Kevin Max, Ken
Andrews, Joanne Cash and others
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 'Hope, Volume
One,' a compilation CD with proceeds benefiting Suicide
Awareness Voices of
Education (SAVE), is scheduled for release on Tues...
Drink and drugs fuel Scottish suicide and homicide rates
Alcohol and drug misuse mean Scots are almost twice as likely to kill or take their own life compared to people living in England and Wales, research published today (Monday, June 16) reveals.
The findings by The University of Manchester's National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide
Californians Against Assisted Suicide - Controversial Bill, AB 2747 Narrowly Passes Assembly
Serious questions loom as the legislation goes to the Senate
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- After three defeats of
legislation in just as many years, the pro-assisted
suicide group Compassion and Choices (C&C) is now sponsoring AB 2747
(Berg/Levine). This new...
VA Secretary Appoints Panel of National Suicide Experts
Goal Is Reducing Veterans' Suicides
WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans
Affairs Dr. James B. Peake today announced the names of members appointed
to two special panels that will make recommendations on ways the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) can improve i...
FDA Probing Possible Link Between Asthma Drug and Suicide Risk
Singulair, top-selling drug for teens, under review by U.S. agency and manufacturer Merck
THURSDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it was investigating the possibility of an increased risk of mood changes and suicidal behavior among tho...
Hope In Action: Policymakers and Artists Promote Youth and Latino Suicide Prevention
Celebrating passage of Mental Health Parity on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kristin Brooks Hope
Center, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) with the Mental Health Liaison
Group will hold a press conference, "Hope In Action," on Capitol Hill in
Antidepressants Can Increase Depression, Impulsivity and Suicide Risk by Decreasing Dopamine
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Antidepressant medications
which increase serotonin neurotransmitter levels can depress dopamine
levels. Decreasing dopamine level can increase depression, impulsivity and
suicide risk in depressed patients, who were previously dopamine deficient.
Quit-Smoking Drug May Raise Suicide Risk
FDA asks maker of Chantix to revise warning on product label
FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- There's increasing evidence that the smoking-cessation drug Chantix is linked to serious "neuropsychiatric" side effects, including agitation, depressed mood and even suicide, U.S. health of...
Key Risk Factors for Suicide Consistent Across Globe
Sex, age, education, mental health and marital status underpin findings of 17-nation study
FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts are similar in many countries, new research suggests.
The study, which used data collected by the W...
FDA Warns Epilepsy Drugs May Raise Suicide Risk
Agency will ask drug makers to put warning labels on entire class of medicines
THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Commonly used antiepileptic drugs may boost the risk of suicide
among patients who use them, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
A review of 199 st...
Volunteer for National Suicide Prevention Agency Earns Cargill Award
John Alt receives $1,000 grant for Suicide
Awareness Voices of
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Alt, a retired
employee with Cargill, earned the company's Cargill Cares Volunteer Award
for outstanding community service for his work as a volunteer with S...
Short Birth Length Boosts Men's Suicide Risk
More than twice as likely as other adults to attempt to end own life, study finds
FRIDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were short at birth are more likely to attempt suicide
and more than twice as likely to attempt violent suicide
than men who were normal-length newborns, a new ...