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No Laughing Matter

San Francisco and the world lost Robin Williams, one of its most beloved figures, to suicide Monday. Today we are all asking the same questions that families ask after a suicide: How could this have happened? Why didn't we see it coming? Why couldn't we have helped?In the United States ... read more »

Golden Gate Bridge board OKs $76 million for suicide barrier

Michael CabanatuanUpdated 8:20 am, Saturday, June 28, 2014Over the years, hundreds of people have leaped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge into the San Francisco Bay. Photo: Paul Chinn, The ChronicleThe decades-long effort to build a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge succeeded ... read more »

Program to save teens from suicide by texting

By: Victoria Colliver Updated 1:41 pm, Friday, September 27, 2013 Jacqueline Monetta, 17, whose best friend committed suicide, attends a state Senate meeting on suicide strategies. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle   (09-27) 13:39 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- When Dan Strauss' ... read more »

Program to save teens from suicide by texting

By: Victoria ColliverUpdated 1:41 pm, Friday, September 27, 2013Jacqueline Monetta, 17, whose best friend committed suicide, attends a state Senate meeting on suicide strategies. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle(09-27) 13:39 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- When Dan Strauss' 17-year-old son Alex ... read more »

Now what should I do? Primary care physicians’ responses to older adults expressing thoughts of suicide

Now what should I do? Primary care physicians’ responses to older adults expressing thoughts of suicide.Vannoy, S., Tai-Seale, M., Duberstein, P., Eaton, L., & Cook, M. (2011). Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(9),1005-1011.Primary care visits are an important opportunity for ... read more »

Adolescents With Suicidal Ideation: Health Care Use and Functioning

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24 years, a new study shows few suicidal teens are getting the mental health treatment they need.The researchers found only ... read more »

Access to Firearms and Suicide Plans

Betz, M., Barber, C., & Miller, M. Suicidal behavior and firearm access: Results from the Second Injury Control and Risk Survey. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41(4), 384-391.A research team using data from the Second Injury Control and Risk Survey concluded that people living in ... read more »

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2011

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Disseminating information, improving education and training, and decreasing stigmatization are important tasks in such an endeavour. The ... read more »

Obama to send condolences for combat-zone suicides

President Obama, saying men and women in the military who kill themselves in combat zones "didn't die because they were weak," reversed a long-standing policy Wednesday and said he would now send condolence letters to their families.Obama acted after a yearlong campaign by veterans groups and ... read more »

Tribal Teens Fight Suicide Through Positive Social Networking

Almost one in four Native American youths has attempted suicide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.A new initiative is in the works to combat those grim statistics through positive social networking.Brandon Trejo, 17, who lives on a reservation in eastern Washington ... read more »