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It Will Soon Be Much Easier to Call Suicide Hotline

FCC plans to set up '988' as national suicide prevention hotline number

(Newser) - In most emergencies, you only need to dial three digits to get help: 911. But for people considering suicide, it takes a lot more digits than that to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Thanks to a proposal advanced Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, that will soon change. The... More »

Sole Survivor, 9, of Murder-Suicide That Killed Entire Family Dies

Ezekiel Valdivia dies after his father killed his mom, 3 brothers on Nov. 16

(Newser) - He was the only survivor of a murder-suicide shooting that claimed the lives of his mother and three brothers. Now, a 9-year-old California boy has also died. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune , Karl Albright says his nephew Ezekiel Valdivia, who'd been on life support since the Nov. 16 shooting... More »

Epstein's Guards Were Allegedly Shopping, Sleeping

AG Barr describes 'perfect storm of screw-ups'

(Newser) - Enough with the conspiracy theories, says Attorney General William Barr, asserting that a "series" of mistakes allowed Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life at a Manhattan jail in August. "I can understand people … whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a... More »

Woman Charged in Beau's Suicide Shares 'Stop' Texts

Prosecutors say she also told him to take his life 'hundreds of times'

(Newser) - Text messages released in the case of a 21-year-old woman accused of pushing her college boyfriend to suicide show she apparently asked him to "stop." Prosecutors say Inyoung You was not only present when 22-year-old Alexander Urtula jumped from a parking garage on the morning of his Boston... More »

Mom Sues Priest Over His Speech at Her Son's Funeral

Rev. Don LaCuesta said taking own life was 'against God'

(Newser) - The mother of a teen who died by suicide is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit over his funeral, claiming a Catholic priest chose that moment to debate whether or not 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger would get into heaven. "We couldn't believe what he was saying," the teen's... More »

Epstein's Jail Guards Say No to Plea Deal

Seems the Justice Dept. is mulling criminal charges

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter tell the AP . The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice Department is considering criminal charges... More »

9 Student Deaths Since August Cause Alarm at USC

That's up from 6 deaths in all of last school year

(Newser) - Shortly after administrators acknowledged a series of deaths at the University of Southern California, another student was found dead. The body of a male student, aged 27 or 28, was found in an apartment off campus Monday afternoon, according to university officials, who sent letters to students and parents on... More »

Forensic Expert Suggests Epstein Was Murdered

Neck fractures imply homicidal strangulation: Dr. Michael Baden

(Newser) - A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother says the financier may have been murdered inside his Manhattan prison cell on Aug. 10. "There's evidence here of homicide that should be investigated," Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who witnessed the autopsy,... More »

Woman Charged in College Boyfriend's Suicide

Alexander Urtula jumped to his death the morning of his Boston College graduation

(Newser) - Alexander Urtula was due to graduate from Boston College at 10am on May 20. But by 8:30 that morning, he was dead by suicide. Now, his girlfriend has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death. The New York Times reports the 22-year-old biology major jumped from... More »

Coach Disarmed Student, Showed Him 'Compassion'

Keanon Lowe confronts the student in newly released surveillance video

(Newser) - Surveillance video of an armed student shows how he was treated after being disarmed: with a hug. Keanon Lowe, a football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon, garnered media attention after disarming Angel Granados-Diaz at the school in May. Now video obtained by KOIN through... More »

Ruby Rose Ran Into an Old Pal. Then It All Began 'to Unravel'

'Batwoman' actress reveals lifelong struggles with depression, suicide attempts, dissociative amnesia

(Newser) - Ruby Rose made the revelation last month that she'd badly hurt doing stunts on the set of Batwoman, and she even posted an up-close look at the surgery she'd had to undergo to take care of her injuries. Now the 33-year-old actress has offered another glimpse into her... More »

Teen's Messages With Other Boy Were Posted. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Channing Smith, 16, killed himself in his Tennessee home

(Newser) - On the night of Sunday, Sept. 22, Channing Smith, 16, saw that private, sexually explicit messages between himself and a male classmate had been posted to Instagram and Snapchat. Within hours, Channing was dead, having taken his own life. His family says the cyberbullying is to blame; the Tennessee high... More »

3 Sailors From Same Aircraft Carrier Kill Themselves in 5 Days

'My heart is broken,' commanding officer says

(Newser) - "My heart is broken," the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush said after the apparently unrelated suicides of three crew members in the space of less than a week. In a Facebook post , Capt. Sean Bailey said the deaths of Chief Electronics Technician Nuclear... More »

Woman in 'Suicide by Text' Case Goes Before Parole Board

Decision on Michelle Carter's case not expected Thursday

(Newser) - Michelle Carter has served seven months of her 15-month jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend , and on Thursday she appeared before the state parole board seeking early release. No decision was expected Thursday, the Boston Globe reports, and the AP notes it's not... More »

During Suicide Awareness Week, 2 High-Profile Deaths

And both of them worked in mental health advocacy

(Newser) - It's National Suicide Prevention Week , and in a tragic twist, two high-profile suicides are making headlines—both of them having a direct link to mental health advocacy.
  • Gregory Eells, who for six months had served as the executive director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania,
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Facing Prison for Entering Stadium, She Chose Fire, Death

Esteghlal Tehran mourns death of Iran's 'Blue Girl'

(Newser) - An Iranian woman awaiting trial on charges that she defied the country's ban on women at soccer stadiums has died a week after setting herself on fire. The woman identified as Sahar Khodayari, age 29 or 30, was detained for three days in March when she allegedly posed as... More »

Linkin Park Singer's Widow Has Found Love Again

Chester Bennington's widow Talinda Bennington is engaged 2 years after his death

(Newser) - The widow of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has found new love two years after his suicide , and in making the announcement emphasized that "Your heart expands with love. It doesn’t shrink or push out those that have already taken root. I will always love my husband, Chester.... More »

Teen's Suicide Over Sex Video Leads to $250K Payment

Corey Walgren was 16 when he jumped off a parking garage roof

(Newser) - The case of a suburban Chicago teenager who killed himself after being confronted at his high school about whether he made a video of himself having sex with a classmate raised uncomfortable questions about how aggressively school officials should question kids suspected of wrongdoing and whether they should wait until... More »

Here's How to Fake Your Own Death

But be warned, 'pseudocide' is not easy

(Newser) - Faking your own death seems easy, right? Just ride a kayak off the coast of Mexico, swim away, and let authorities say you drowned. But Isabelle Kohn—whose family friend tried that very technique in 1996—explains in Mel Magazine that "pseudocide" gets a lot harder when insurance companies... More »

Red-Flag Gun Laws Are Gaining Momentum

It's still early, but studies say they do help

(Newser) - With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington, DC, have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in Texas and Ohio have given new momentum... More »

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