Suicides in the US active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data.
Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki’s bed and no trace of him in the house. Then police discovered a suicide note in his bedroom.
Suicides by Japanese youth reached a 30-year-high, the the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said on Monday, even as overall suicide numbers have steadily declined over the past 15 years.
Deaths by drug overdose are more likely to be classified as accidental or of undetermined cause, compared to deaths by gunshot or hanging, say US researchers who conclude that drug suicides may be underestimated.
Researchers studying a spike in teen suicides in Utah, a state in the western US, found that 18 of the 150 youngsters who took their own lives in a five-year period had recently lost privileges to use their electronic devices such as phones, tablets and gaming systems, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report made public.
Climate change may have contributed to the suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers and farm workers over the past three decades, according to new research that examines the toll rising temperatures are already taking on vulnerable societies.
Restricting access to firearms just for people with known mental health or substance abuse problems and those who previously tried to kill themselves won’t prevent many suicide deaths, US researchers said.
Economic recessions and policies of austerity have been linked with a rising number of suicides and mental health problems after a major review of scientific studies carried out mostly in Spain and Greece.