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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 »

Rise in Officer Suicides Leaves Police Union With 'Great Anger'

This year, rate has reached 1 every 4 days in France

(Newser) - Two more police officers died in France over the weekend in what are thought to be suicides. That would mean that officers are killing themselves this year at the rate of one every four days, France24 reports. No immediate, direct cause for the increase has been identified; law enforcement suicides... More »

Barbara Bush Came Close to Killing Herself

The former first lady talked to biographer Susan Page about her struggles

(Newser) - Barbara Bush's depression ran so deep, she considered driving into a tree or an oncoming car. That's when she would pull over. "I felt terrible," she told Susan Page for The Matriarch, a new biography coming out Tuesday. "...I mean, I felt really depressed. I... More »

Wife of Sandy Hook Dad Who Took His Life Speaks Out

Jennifer Hensel posts note to GoFundMe in wake of Jeremy Richman's suicide

(Newser) - The wife of the Sandy Hook Elementary School parent who committed suicide on Monday has spoken out on her husband's death in a note published to a GoFundMe campaign started in support of her family. Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman's daughter, Avielle, was one of the 20 students... More »

Parkland Mourns Another Student

Survivor Sydney Aiello commits suicide after struggling with guilt, PTSD, her mother says

(Newser) - Sydney Aiello survived the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School . For about a year. The 19-year-old's mother said she killed herself last weekend. Aiello was close friends with Meadow Pollack, WFOR reports, who was killed in the attack in February 2018. Aiello was on campus but in... More »

From Amazon Warehouses, 189 Disturbing Calls

Daily Beast sees evidence of 'employees on the edge' in 911 logs

(Newser) - Stories about working conditions in Amazon warehouses have been circulating for years, and the Daily Beast is out with an investigation that adds a disturbing tangible element. Between October 2013 and October 2018, it found that 189 emergency calls had been placed from Amazon warehouses across the US because of... More »

US Olympic Cyclist Dies by Suicide

Kelly Catlin was 23

(Newser) - USA Cycling says it has suffered a "devastating loss" with the death of Kelly Catlin, a track cyclist who helped the women's pursuit team win silver at the 2016 Rio Games. Relatives say the 23-year-old died by suicide at her Stanford University campus residence Friday night, Reuters reports.... More »

Trump Tackles Issue of Veteran Suicides

Creates task force to deal with the problem

(Newser) - President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. The order creates a Cabinet-level task force that will seek to develop a national roadmap for suicide prevention, bringing in state and local organizations... More »

Suicide, Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in US

Experts say a lack of social connection could be partially to blame

(Newser) - An awful milestone: In 2017, the US saw a record number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The national rate for such deaths hit an all-time high of 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a 6% increase over the year prior and the highest level since the Centers... More »

Meteorologist Left Behind a 30-Page Suicide Note

After weeks of complications, Jessica Starr 'started to withdraw from life'

(Newser) - The family of a TV meteorologist who committed suicide after undergoing laser eye surgery says a series of videos found on her phone and a 30-page suicide note make clear her Dec. 12 suicide was linked to her Lasik SMILE surgery in October. "There was nothing else that we... More »

Childhood Friend Found Guilty of Killing Sarah Stern

Liam McAtasney faces life in prison

(Newser) - Once a childhood friend of Sarah Stern, Liam McAtasney was on Tuesday found guilty of strangling the New Jersey 19-year-old to death to steal her inheritance money, then dumping her body in an attempt to stage it as suicide. The Monmouth County court found McAtasney, 21, guilty of murder, robbery,... More »

5 Grisly Murders, a Possible Suicide Pact

Family members say cult ties may have influenced suspects to kill 5 other family members

(Newser) - What authorities in Bucks County, Pa., are calling an "atrocious" murder still hasn't been completely clarified by the two suspects, who were found Monday night at the scene of the Morrisville massacre, but pieces (albeit conflicting ones) are slowly starting to come together. "As confusing as it... More »

Hangover Actor Brody Stevens Dead at 48

Comedian is believed to have taken his own life

(Newser) - The comedy world is in mourning for one of its own with the death of actor and comedian Brody Stevens at the age of 48, People reports. He apparently took his own life, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ Stevens was found hanging in his Los Angeles home early Friday... More »

'Disturbing' Messages Investigated After Teen's Suicide

Death rattles Connecticut school district

(Newser) - A Connecticut school district shaken by the suicide of a 16-year-old student says it is investigating "disturbing" messages posted on social media immediately after her death. Danbury High School student Hailey Nailor jumped off the fifth floor of a parking structure at the Danbury Fair mall Saturday afternoon, the... More »

TSA Agent Plunges Into Airport Atrium

Police say it was likely a suicide

(Newser) - An off-duty TSA worker fell to his death Saturday at Orlando International Airport in Florida in an apparent suicide, USA Today reports. The man in his 40s apparently jumped from a balcony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel after 9:30am and fell into the airport's "atrium area,"... More »

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