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Domestic Violence, it costs a lot


Violence. The word immediately stabs our imagination with blood, war, terrorism, the sanguine coloured flag of some nation, death, destruction et cetera. And then when we let our thought train move a bit longer, the subtle incidences of violence start cascading over our minds. One by one it comes. Starting with the poor urchin getting beaten up by his heartless ... Read More »

Effects of Sexual Assault


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Survivors of sexual assault may experience severe feelings of anxiety, stress or fear, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a direct result of the assault. Substance Abuse Victims of rape or sexual assault may turn to alcohol or other substances in an attempt to relieve their emotional suffering. Self-Harm / Self-Injury Deliberate self-harm, or ... Read More »

Tales of childhood bullying reveal the ugly side of figure skating


SOCHI, Russia – For the brief snapshot in time that is the Winter Olympics, figure skaters are among the most-watched athletes on the planet. They are the focus of the attention, and sometimes adulation, of a global audience. But for many male figure skaters, there is a price to be paid for pursuing their profession. And it cannot be measured ... Read More »

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 »

Bullying Breakdown: 7 signs your child may be bullied


I was 12 years old, and none of the things I once loved appealed to me anymore. I didn’t want to go shopping. I didn’t want to open Christmas presents. I didn’t want to get out of bed. As a victim of day-in and day-out bullying, I was depressed and life no longer seemed worth living. But as bad as ... 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 »

Galliano parents say bullying led to son’s suicide

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GALLIANO, La. — The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Galliano teenager Garyn Strong, 15, who apparently took his own life. His parents, Thad and Maureen Strong, said bullies tormented their son for the past four years. “They took away my buddy, my fishing partner, my hunting partner, my son,” said Thad Strong. “The bullying needs 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 »