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Study Finds Powerful, Simple Way to Reduce Suicide

Talk therapy helped those most at risk, study says

(Newser) - Talk therapy is a simple but powerful way to stop people at high risk of suicide from harming themselves, according to new research. In a study published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers who tracked tens of thousands of Danes over an 18-year period found that suicides were down 26%... More »

Sources: NYC Banker May Have Slashed Own Throat

Knife was found under Shawn Miller's body, suicide now suspected

(Newser) - A prominent banker found dead in his bathtub with his throat slashed ear-to-ear may have taken his own life, according to police sources. Shawn Miller, Citigroup's managing director of environmental services, was initially thought to have been the victim of foul play, but a knife was found under his... More »

Math Model May Reduce Military Suicides

One notable factor: Older enlistees seem to be at higher risk

(Newser) - The US military's quest to curb its rising rate of suicides may get some help from a sophisticated new computer program, reports LiveScience . In a new study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers explain how they crunched data from 53,000 Army soldiers who were hospitalized between 2004 and... More »

Cops Dive Deeper in NC Woman's Murky 'Suicide'

Sarah Long allegedly left $1M to secret married lover

(Newser) - A gun found in the left hand of a right-handed suicide victim. A secret married lover. And a $1 million inheritance. These are all clues in the mysterious July death of Sarah Catherine Long, 41, who police in Davidson, NC, at first believed killed herself, People reports. But now, they... More »

Coroner: No Booze, Drugs in Suicide of Robin Williams

Report confirms suicide by hanging

(Newser) - The coroner in Marin County, Calif., today confirmed that Robin Williams' death was indeed caused by suicide , reports CNN . The 63-year-old had no alcohol in his system when he hanged himself at his home, and the only drugs found were from prescribed medication in "therapeutic concentrations." The coroner... More »

Parents Eye Brain Trauma in Teen Hockey Star's Suicide

A year after Zander Thomas killed self, multiple concussions suspected

(Newser) - A year ago today, 17-year-old Willy Alexander Thomas left his girlfriend's home, drove to the George Washington Bridge, sent goodbye texts to his parents and girlfriend, then jumped. Known as Zander, he had been treated for "mild depression," the New York Times reports, but his friends, family,... More »

Robin Williams' Kids Pay Tribute at World Series

Zak throws first pitch at AT&T Park, Billy Crystal catches

(Newser) - For a few minutes last night, one of the San Francisco Giants' most famous fans loomed large in the stadium again. Before Game 5 of the World Series, Robin Williams' children paid him tribute by throwing the first pitch, US Magazine reports. Eldest son Zak did the honors with Williams'... More »

Misty Upham's Dad: She Died Fleeing Police

Cops had taunted Native American actress, dad says

(Newser) - The father of a Native American actress found dead in the woods this week says his daughter died while running away from the cops, Fox News reports. Misty Upham, 32, who acted in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, "did not commit suicide," Charles Upham writes on Facebook... More »

Autopsy of Hanged Teen Offers Few Answers

Lennon Lacy's family insists he didn't kill himself

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy's autopsy report is out, but it does little to quell the sinister mystery surrounding the North Carolina teen's death. Lennon, 17, died from suffocation as a result of hanging, it says, adding that the dark abrasion circling his neck and the buckle mark under his ear... More »

School to 5-Year-Old Girl: Promise You Won't Kill

Alabama school has girl sign contract against murder, suicide

(Newser) - An Alabama mom says her 5-year-old daughter got in a heap of trouble for drawing a picture of a gun and aiming her crayon in a gunlike fashion, Local 15TV reports via BuzzFeed . In fact, little Elizabeth was assessed for suicidal thoughts and told to sign a contract promising not... More »

Redditors Save Suicidal Teen's Life

'Minecraft' gamer thanks fellow players for talking him out of a dark place

(Newser) - Minecraft gamers kicked into real-life survival mode on Sunday when a fellow player who IDed himself as a teen "crippled" by depression and social anxiety posted desperate messages on Reddit. NotARomanGuy, who plays Minecraft using the CaesarOctavius handle, posted two notes to Reddit Sunday. One posted on r/UltraHardcore began... More »

29-Year-Old Woman: Why I'm Taking My Own Life

Brittany Maynard plans to legally kill herself next month

(Newser) - A young woman who has fearlessly run half-marathons and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro now faces a more daunting task: taking her own life. But Brittany Maynard, 29, insists she's not the least bit suicidal, People reports. "There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that... More »

NJ Bridge's Redesign Has Led to Wave of Suicides

At least 82 attempts made since 2004

(Newser) - A 2004 redesign of New Jersey's Victory Bridge created a 110-foot-high span that has since become a favored suicide destination. In the last decade, at least 82 people have attempted suicide by leaping off it, and 22 have died. The bridge, which connects Perth Amboy and Sayreville along Route... More »

Teacher in Rape Case Re-Sentenced to 10 Years

Stacey Rambold initially got a one-month sentence by judge who blamed victim

(Newser) - A Montana teacher was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison in a notorious student rape case that led to the censure of a judge who partially blamed the victim . Stacey Dean Rambold, 55, was re-sentenced by a new judge exactly a year after he completed an initial one-month prison... More »

Cult Is Gone to Suicide, but Website Lives On

Gizmodo explains the odd circumstances of HeavensGate.com

(Newser) - Members of the Heaven's Gate cult drank lethal doses of poison 17 years ago so they could be picked up by an alien spaceship and taken to the "next level" of life. But the mass suicide didn't apply to the group's website , which is still in... More »

Woman Commits Suicide by Crocodile

Witnesses say Wanpen Inyai jumped into pond that held 1K of them

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Thai woman removed her shoes on Friday and then committed suicide by jumping into a crocodile-filled pond, witnesses tell police who today confirmed the death. Wanpen Inyai was discovered missing earlier that day by her family, who described the Bangkok woman as depressed. Staff at the Samutprakarn Crocodile... More »

Ex-WWE Wrestler Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

43-year-old Sean O'Haire was known for his mysterious 'Devil's Advocate' character

(Newser) - Just months after losing the Ultimate Warrior , WWE has lost another of its own. Sean O'Haire, a 43-year-old former professional wrestler best known for his dark "Devil's Advocate" character, died Monday of an apparent suicide in South Carolina, E! Online reports. According to police reports seen by... More »

GRL Singer Simone Battle Dead at 25

She rose to fame on 'X Factor'

(Newser) - Simone Battle, a singer with the group GRL, is dead at 25 of an apparent suicide, reports TMZ . Battle was found in her Los Angeles home yesterday morning, and authorities think she hanged herself. Battle first rose to national fame on the X Factor reality show in 2011. Though she... More »

Every 40 Seconds, Someone Commits Suicide: WHO

'Major public health problem' is No. 2 cause of death among people 15-29

(Newser) - With the suicide of Robin Williams still painfully fresh, the World Health Organization released a startling statistic today: Someone takes his or her own life every 40 seconds—which equates to about 800,000 deaths a year, reports the BBC . Other findings in the WHO study : Suicide is the second-leading... More »

Handcuffed Son Didn't Shoot Himself, Grieving Dad Insists

Victor White III's father disputes coroner's report, police statements

(Newser) - Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News . But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because... More »

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