Suicide is on the rise among Yazidis struggling to cope with the unspeakable trauma inflicted at the hands of the Islamic State, who descended on their people some 5 years ago, killing and enslaving thousands.    Since April, Médecins Sans Frontières has recorded 20…

Researchers have observed a “whoppingly strong” correlation between suicide rates and elevation. US counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicide rate as those at 2,000 feet. The highest rates occur above 9,000 feet. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxia, which disrupts…

The pressure to excel in school affects students around the world—but for a new generation of ambitious girls in India the pressure is particularly acute. Good grades are “like hard currency for someone who’s poor,” said Safeena Husain. At the Skoll World Forum, the…

17 died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida last February—but that was not the end. 2 survivors took their own lives in the last week, prompting activists to Tweet “17 + 2," The Washington Post reports.

Facebook’s suicide prevention program may border on unchecked medical research, experts argue. Facebook’s algorithm flags posts that potentially include suicidal threats. A team assesses imminent risk before contacting authorities who can deploy first responders for a “…

Long suicidal, Joe Wright “almost immediately started feeling more hopeful about life” after taking Ketamine as part of a small Columbia University study.

The American Psychological Association has drawn up new guidelines for clinicians treating men and boys. Central to that project is understanding “what’s making their lives untenable.” Among the issues affecting them are elevated levels of depression and anxiety, and…

After 50 years of publishing, the CDC has made its first retraction, replacing a 2016 study tracking suicide risk by occupation, Retraction Watch reports.  

Before he knew his colleagues would embrace his transition, Ben Barres weighed a difficult decision: come out as transgender or commit suicide.   Born Barbara, the Stanford University neuroscientist died last year from pancreatic cancer. In his posthumously published…

In response to at least 13 suicides across the region this year, Inuit villages in Nunavik, northern Quebec, are on alert.   Inuit leaders are pleading with the Quebec government to train more Inuit social workers and psychologists, rather than flying around a handful of…