Taken from www.huffingtonpost.com 1/5/2015 There's no doubt that the rising veteran suicide rate is one of the most serious issues currently being discussed in the news. With various reports focusing on different statistics and emphasizing different areas of concern, however, it can be difficult to determine precisely what information is being conveyed. What is the suicide rate among military veterans, and how have these numbers been compiled? The most commonly cited figures
From www.commonhealth.org BOSTON — More than two years after her son’s suicide, Susan LaCaire, of Spencer, still has a hard time opening up about it with those outside her closest circle. “I always say we lost Luke. I never tell people how we lost Luke, unless they ask me,” LaCaire explains. “There is a stigma, and I think a lot of people look at Luke’s death as senseless. He could have lived and he chose not to.” But the LaCaires are on a mission to bring suicide out of the
October 31, 2014 War was the leading cause of death in the military nearly every year between 2004 and 2011 until suicides became the top means of dying for troops in 2012 and 2013, according to a bar chart published this week in a monthly Pentagon medical statistical analysis journal. For those last two years, suicide outranked war, cancer, heart disease, homicide, transportation accidents and other causes as the leading killer, accounting for about three in 10 military deat
11/28/14 To take one’s own life is a final act of fear and pain, when the ability to have even hope for a better tomorrow is pushed away by darkness and despair. It shouldn’t surprise us that hard times lead to a spike in suicides. We’ve all heard stories of people leaping from buildings during the stock market crash of 1929. The latest recession also affected people’s mental health, something detailed in a recent study from the University of Cambridge in England showing that
WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide. 4 SEPTEMBER 2014 ¦ GENEVA More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Unite
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1700 people take their own lives in Pennsylvania every year. On Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, leaders are providing training for people to understand the causes and signs of depression. Officials with the Department of Public Welfare say almost 3 adults die by suicide each day in the state. In addition, for every suicide, there are 25 non-fatal attempts.
Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Pennsylvania and officials say the number of suicides in the Commonwealth has increased. More than 17 hundred people committed suicide in 2011 — including an increase in veterans and families of service members. In an effort to change that, officials from the Department of Public Welfare will hold a suicide prevention training in Dauphin County Monday. They say the training will help people gain an understanding of how someone gets
9/4/14 One person commits suicide every 40 seconds and more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year, according to the first report on suicide prevention by the World Health Organization (WHO). But more countries need to have a national suicide prevention program in place to help reduce the stigma surrounding suicides, the report says. Only 28 countries have a national strategy in place, and a further 13 have programs in development. Seventy-five percent of suicides occu