Suicide

VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Paradigm Shift in Addressing Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes the current paradigm shift in addressing suicide.  Dr. Allan Shore: We are in the midst of a paradigm shift. I mean things are really shifting and changing here, and the interactions now between science on the one hand and clinical practice, are… Read more »

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How You Can Help Prevent a Suicide

With better education and awareness about suicide prevention, lives can be saved. September’s National Suicide Prevention Month sheds light on a subject all too often avoided in our society. Suicide affects millions of people each year. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control…. Read more »

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Sea Lion Savior

Lately, there seems to be quite a bit of debate as to whether or not a sea lion saved my life after I jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to end my life. To be clear, there are a large number of reporters and speculators who have claimed it was really a seal…… Read more »

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What is Killing Our Soldiers?

The Time Magazine cover story, “One a Day” recently alerted us to the heartbreaking high-rates of suicide among our military. In June, The Associated Press reported that “the 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan – about 50 percent… Read more »

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All Hands on Deck: How We Can Help Someone Who’s Suicidal

The whole world has felt the impact of recent reports about suicide. The suicide rate in the U.S. military reached one a day this year, meaning more U.S. forces died by suicide than in combat in Afghanistan. A U.K. study published earlier this month showed 1,000 suicides to be linked to rising unemployment and the… Read more »

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The Deadly Recession: Dangers of a Down Economy

I woke up the other day to the awful news about the shooting outside the Empire State Building. As various news media began breaking more details, a single biographic fact of the gunman was repeated: He had lost his job. As Mayor Bloomberg put it, “A man who had been fired from his job about… Read more »

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The Inner Voice that Drives Suicide

Understanding a person in suicidal crisis One in five therapists has a patient who completes suicide. Understanding and preventing suicide is therefore one of the most frightening and important responsibilities of anyone who works as a psychologist or counselor. To treat suicidal patients, a therapist must understand what is going on in the mind of… Read more »

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When Life Becomes a Death Sentence

My brother now exists only in memory, form and features erased from the physical world. I can hear his staccato laugh, recall his smile and remember the tone and cadence of his voice, but I cannot touch him, squeeze his shoulders or even give him a friendly jab on the arm. I cannot ask him… Read more »

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The Price of Being Strong: Risks to the Mental Health of Athletes

Although the London Games are over, the rush of the Olympic “spirit” still lingers in the air. It’s always inspiring to watch the world come together to celebrate athletes who’ve managed to excel, push their bodies to their maximum potential, and compete at the highest level. The Olympic motto spells our expectations out most simply,… Read more »

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