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The philosophy of suicide

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In a forthcoming episode of the Rationally Speaking podcast, Julia and I discuss the philosophy and science of suicide, i.e. what empirical inquiry tells us about suicides (who commits them, how, what are the best strategies for prevention) and how philosophical reflection may lead us to think of suicide. In this post I will focus on the philosophical side of the ... Read More »

No $10 million for family of teacher who committed suicide after alleged bullying, says Bassett school board


BASSETT >> The Bassett Unified school board has rejected a claim for damages of more than $10 million from the family of a teacher who committed suicide earlier this year. Art Teacher Jennifer Lenihan killed herself July 1 after allegedly “enduring bullying, abuse and negligent conduct by employees, personnel, and administrators at Bassett High School and Bassett Unified School District,” ... Read More »

Brother of slain officer dies in apparent suicide


On the one-year anniversary of the Christmas Eve murder of Wauwatosa, Wis., police officer Jennifer Sebena, her brother — and only sibling — has died in an apparent suicide. Jacob Wernitznig and his mother, Violet Gerhat, have attended ceremonies on Sebena’s behalf in the year after her death, but neither has talked publicly about the slaying. In her obituary, Wernitznig ... Read More »

How To Prevent Suicide


This is a season of joy for most of us. For others, it is a dark time – a time for suicide. Suicide is the third largest killer of young people, and #2 among those aged 25-34. More than twice as many Americans kill themselves – as are murdered. In 2006, there were 45,300 highway deaths and only 33,300 suicides. ... Read More »

Police Suicide on the Rise


The public has always considered police and military personnel as heroes. Lately there has been a rise on heroes taking their own lives. Canada has seen more than its fair share of suicides among those who should be considered heroes, and there was another in that category just prior to Christmas. Suicide has now been given some tough media scrutiny over ... Read More »

It’s Time to Step Up Efforts on Suicide Prevention

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With the onset of a new Gregorian calendar that serves for us Lakota as the halfway mark in our year and a reminder that Sundance is quickly approaching, it is time for all of us in the Native “establishment” to prioritize the issues that are most important to the people. Although this is the Colonizer’s new-year, it is also an ... Read More »

Suicide And Bullying Calls To Child Helpline Rise


Calls about cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts and self harm have surged in the last year, according to a children’s counselling service. ChildLine reported an 87% rise in contacts about online bullying in 2012/13 compared to the previous year and a 41% increase in contacts about self-harm. The 24-hour service allows children 18 or under get in touch by phone, online chat ... Read More »

Take note of these suicide signs


Cape Town – With the pressure students face to perform well, news that their scores have not measured up can be a major blow.   Research from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has shown suicide accounts for 9.5 percent of non-natural teenage deaths. The pressure to pass matric, with the expectation to attend university and follow a ... Read More »

Suicide and the ‘Impure’ Soul


Around the world, about one million people die of suicide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Each death causes immeasurable harm: Friends, family members, and coworkers suffer loss, guilt, and confusion, and the immediate victim loses a future. Many of those friends and family members consider suicide to be morally wrong. But new evidence shows that people who ... Read More »

7th soldier dies of suicide; Mulcair urges Harper to take ‘urgent action’


Another member of the Canadian Armed Forces has died of an apparent suicide, the seventh such death in the last two months, while Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair called on the prime minister to take “urgent action” and address the “crisis.” Cpl. Camilo Sanhueza-Martinez, a reservist belonging to The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment based in Kingston, Ont., died Wednesday. Sources ... Read More »