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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. The advertisem...

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. The mo...

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. The Deat...

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 causing it. Listen to this report from Nationwide Children's Hospital at: http://media...

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 physician-assisted suicide 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 and Homicide...

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 assisted suicide 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 room B369...

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 Education (SAVE) 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 ...
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