Suicide

Youth Suicide Screening Pathway

June 25, 2020

Suicide risk screening is especially challenging. Although data are not yet available to ascertain how COVID-19 will affect the suicide rate, the 3-tiered clinical pathway has been revised to accommodate mostly telehealth screening.

Suicide by the Numbers: Myths and Facts

June 18, 2020

Even though firearms are only used in 5% to 6% of attempts, they are responsible for half of all suicide deaths and are by far the most common method of suicide. In turn, suicide is by far the most common manner of gun death in the US, far outpacing homicides and accidents. Paul Nestadt, MD, a psychiatrist and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, discusses suicide.

Suicide: A Biography

June 16, 2020

Predicting suicide remains challenging at best. For each suicide there is often a complex web of life experiences, personality traits, psychiatric diagnoses, cultural beliefs, relationship issues, and acute stressors that ultimately converge on a person’s decision to take one’s life.

The Strong Relationship Between Sleep and Suicide

April 30, 2020

The steadily rising rate of suicide in the US is a vexing public health crisis. Among the many risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors is sleep disturbance.

Manly Men Beware

March 03, 2020

High traditional masculinity (HTM) men are more likely to die by suicide than non-HTM men, but they are less likely to report suicide ideation.

Family Plays a Role in Suicidal Ideation in Children

February 10, 2020

While many think there is no need to discuss suicidal thoughts before adolescence, new research shows that clearly is not true.

The Misplaced Media Focus on Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

November 25, 2019

In short, Epstein’s story was media catnip. Unfortunately, lost in all the sensational coverage of this one man was the systematic mistreatment of people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Who Knew? The Implications of One Environmental Policy for Mental Health

November 22, 2019

The Clean Air Act (CAA) turned 55 years old last year. Most millennials and Gen Xers have had little idea what this legislation has meant for us, even though it may have given us each almost a year of productive life.

Psychiatrists Must Prevent Suicide, Not Provide It

November 19, 2019

The current Tree of Medicine is rooted in its Hippocratic soil. There are moral absolutes that our profession should stand up for, in spite of legislative or popular pressure, say the authors.