India’s farmers were already deep in debt—and committing suicide in alarming numbers—well before the pandemic.   Now as COVID-19 cases accelerate, the debt crisis that has tormented India’s farmers for decades is only getting worse—with likely thousands of farmer suicides…

Critics say the White House’s much-anticipated new strategy to address the rise in suicides doesn’t go far enough—but it does take on a hot-button issue, particularly around veterans: access to firearms.  

Until recently, there was little research dedicated to understanding nonsuicidal self-injury like cutting. 1 in 5 adolescents (particularly girls) report self-harm. For 20% of them, the behavior can become an addiction. Once considered a symptom of…

California’s Kern County sheriff’s office has the state’s highest inmate suicide rate.  To combat this, officers routinely lock inmates in suicide watch isolation. Here, they could spend hours or days in tiny booths without toilets, fountains, or a mattress. They’re given…

Once relatively rare, US teen suicide rates are now climbing far faster than any other age group, according to a CDC report published today. Suicides among 10 to 24-year-olds spiked 56% from 2007-2017. Firearms are a glaring contributor, but the root…

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 “…