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Scotland’s assisted suicide bill is an offence to our human dignity


Margo MacDonald’s campaign to establish a culture of death in Scotlandis growing increasingly bizarre and more chilling. She appears hellbent on becoming Scotland’s very own Angel of Death. MacDonald, a once formidable politician, who has borne her own Parkinson’s disease these last few years with courage and dignity, now risks contaminating her superb record of public service with this bizarre and alarming ... Read More »

Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults

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The prevalence of suicide attempts among respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality, is 41 percent, which Vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime suicide attempt, and is also higher than the 10-20 percent of lesbian, gay ... Read More »

The front line of suicide prevention is primary care

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RIGHT now, most doctors are not prepared to deal with patients who may be at risk of suicide, even though they are treating patients for depression on a regular basis. Almost 1,000 Washington residents die by suicide each year, representing a rate 14 percent higher than the national average of 12.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Middle-aged men, Native Americans and ... Read More »

Dad of Army suicide victim going to State of Union


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly is entitled to invite one guest to the State of the Union address on Tuesday. The person Donnelly chose to give the ticket to — Farmland resident Jeff Sexton — confirms that Indiana’s junior senator is serious about preventing military suicide. Saxton’s son, Army Spc. Jacob Sexton, 21, shot himself to ... Read More »

Trans Woman Commits Suicide Amid Fear of Outing by Sports Blog


Reporter Caleb Hannan thought he’d found an interesting idea for a story when he stumbled across a YouTube video about about a “scientifically superior” golf club called the Oracle, invented by a brilliant MIT-credentialed physicist named Dr. V. He set out to find out more about the woman behind the invention, but was met with a swirl of secrets and ... Read More »

Suicide causes for gays to be explored


Griffith University researchers are performing extensive research to find the causes of suicides among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. It’s the first time such research has been done in three decades. Lead researcher Delaney Skerrett, of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, said he was prompted by a lack of suicide statistics in LGBTI communities ... Read More »

Suicide rate of young veterans increasing, decreasing for older veterans

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Ben Patten served in the Army during a time of peace, but others are not as lucky.  A close friend of his developed extreme PTSD and ended his own life. “I don’t know that when these young people get out if they’re given the education or tools to know where these vet centers are or why these places exist,” Patten ... Read More »

The Myth of Holiday Suicide Rates


In the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, a despondent George Bailey considers suicide, something widely thought to be an increased risk around Christmas. But experts say the notion that suicides spike around the holidays just isn’t borne out by data. Communications and health behavior researcher Dan Romer has tracked stories on suicide for more than a decade. “We’ve tried to ... Read More »



Did you know that our elderly have the highest suicide rate in our nation and that those who attempt it oftentimes succeed? In fact, it is the fourth leading cause of death in the elderly (age 65 and older). Many times we assume that depression and hopelessness are a part of getting old, but that is not the case. There ... Read More »

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 »