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13 Reasons Why Is Now 3 Controversial Minutes Shorter

Netflix cuts suicide scene after consultation with health experts

(Newser) - Netflix has scrubbed a difficult-to-watch suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why on the advice of mental health experts. The 3-minute scene from the season one finale, showing character Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) cutting her wrist with a razor blade and bleeding out in a bathtub, has been removed so that... More »

Judge to Ex-CEO in Suicide Trial: 'Are You Crying?'

Testimony is heart-wrenching in France Telecom trial

(Newser) - A head-turning case in France is putting employee suicides at the feet of their old bosses. In a two-month trial slated to end this week, prosecutors say former executives at France Télécom—a national phone company that went private amid harsh competition—made life intolerable for employees in... More »

She Told Boyfriend to Die. Now She Wants to Go to Supreme Court

Michelle Carter's lawyers say her 'words alone' shouldn't make her liable for Conrad Roy's death

(Newser) - Michelle Carter's "words alone" shouldn't be to blame for the death of Conrad Roy. That's the premise her legal team is pushing in a new petition asking the Supreme Court to review her case in her quest to get her involuntary manslaughter conviction overturned, BuzzFeed... More »

'Many Things' Led to Avicii's Suicide: Dad

Klas Bergling calls on politicians to stand up for mental health

(Newser) - "If you are very happy or extremely happy, it's not so far to be unhappy. ... Small things can make you sad or move your balance and I think this is what happened," Klas Bergling tells CNN a year after the death of his son, superstar DJ-producer Avicii.... More »

Man Arrested for Helping Dying Wife Commit Suicide

Kevin Conners says wife Lori had terminal cancer

(Newser) - A Westbrook, Connecticut, man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest warrant.... More »

Cop Suicide Crisis Gets Even Worse

The NYPD must be reeling after a third suicide this month

(Newser) - Hard to believe, but a third NYPD officer has committed suicide in less than 10 days. Officer Michael Caddy shot himself in a car near the 121st Precinct stationhouse on Staten Island at about 3:45pm on Friday, leaving behind a wife and child, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

8th State Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Maine's governor hopes it will be 'used sparingly'

(Newser) - Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office. "It is my hope that this law,... More »

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from... More »

Parents Target Uber After 12-Year-Old Kills Herself

Benita Diamond's family says ride-sharing company should never have transported her to suicide site

(Newser) - Uber has a clear-cut policy listed on its site about transporting minors: If you're under 18, you can't ride without someone 18 or over, and drivers should turn away anyone they think might be underage. That policy is why a Florida mom and dad are now urging the... More »

After 2 Cop Suicides in 24 Hours, a Call to 'Take Action'

'We have to discuss mental health,' says commissioner

(Newser) - The NYPD was rocked Wednesday as Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his police vehicle, not far from the precinct station where he worked. Less than 24 hours later, officers' grief was amplified as the body of homicide detective Joseph Calabrese was found... More »

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die... More »

For White Men Out West, the New Plague Is Suicide

'Rolling Stone' writer digs into the 'epidemic' among middle-aged men

(Newser) - Movie lore has long depicted the West as a tough place to survive, and a story by Stephen Rodrick at Rolling Stone explores a relatively recent twist in why that remains true: Rising suicide rates. More specifically, rising suicide rates among isolated, white, middle-aged men. For some stark stats, consider... More »

Warren Jeffs' Son, Who Said Dad Abused Him, Dead at 26

Roy Jeffs is said to have taken his own life

(Newser) - A son of Warren Jeffs who was one of the first to say the polygamist had sexually abused his own children has died. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Roy Jeffs, 26, was found dead at his Salt Lake City home on Friday. He would have turned 27 on... More »

Robin Williams' Son Speaks Out

'There’s no education in place to tell you how to deal with this,' says Zak Williams of dad's suicide

(Newser) - Robin Williams' son, Zak, speaks out on losing his dad to suicide in three new images for the Faces of Fortitude suicide awareness campaign. While he says the past three years have been "healing" for him—his father died nearly five years ago—Zak says he first had to... More »

Study Finds Alarming Changes in Suicide Rates

Rate of young girls killing themselves is climbing

(Newser) - Boys are still more likely to kill themselves than girls are, but a new study has found a change in the established patterns, CNN reports. Suicide rates among girls are climbing faster. An analysis of a database run by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that, starting in... More »

Results of an Instagram Poll May Have Spurred Tragedy

Malaysian girl apparently killed herself after asking online if she should live or die

(Newser) - A gruesome online poll, with a tragic aftermath. It happened in Malaysia, where a 16-year-old girl decided to survey the masses on whether she should live or die. The Guardian reports that, per police, the teen put up her poll on Instagram, with the comment: "Really Important, Help Me... More »

Coroner Can't Definitively Rule Prodigy Star's Death a Suicide

She says 'we will never quite know what was going on' in Keith Flint's mind

(Newser) - Before he died in March in the UK, Keith Flint had alcohol, codeine, and cocaine in his system. The BBC reports that's the official finding from an Essex coroner on the Prodigy frontman, who was 49 when he died at his home in North End. Caroline Beasley-Murray revealed the... More »

20 Students Commit Suicide After Faulty Exam Results

Errors will be rectified, but too late for some in India's Telangana state

(Newser) - Since April 18, student suicides have been a daily occurrence in India's Telangana state. On that day came results of a state examination taken by almost 1 million 12th graders, per Fox News , and nearly 350,000 failed—supposedly. An independent panel has since found the software developed by... More »

After Debut of Netflix Drama, Teen Suicides Hit 19-Year High

Researchers suspect there was a 13 Reasons Why link

(Newser) - There was a disturbing jump in teen and tween suicides in the month after Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why made its debut, researchers say. The researchers analyzed federal data on suicides among people 10 to 64 from Jan. 2013 through Dec. 2017 and found that the month with the most... More »

Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'

Kelly Catlin was 'obsessed with success': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A Stanford graduate student with an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Kelly Catlin was bound for "something great." Or so her mother thought. Poised for a shot at gold with the US women's cycling team at the 2020 Olympics, Catlin felt differently. In a January email—... More »

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