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Posted in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Articles

How to Help a Suicidal Recovering Addict

One of the biggest risk factors for suicide is substance abuse. It may seem like an addict who has gotten help, gone through rehab and is in recovery would be safe from suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, the addict in recovery still has a long and tough road ahead, and suicide is still a risk. If you care about someone in recovery and are worried about her state of mind, learn more about the signs of suicidal thoughts and how to help.

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Posted in Mental Health

7 Very Personal Words of Pastoral Consolation for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child to Suicide – From a Minister Who Lives With Depression

In the weeks before he took his own life this September (National Suicide Prevention Month), 22-year-old “Dylan,” a Christian college student at a school in the Southeast, wrote of his love for the mountains. The mountains, he said in a blog post, were where he heard God speak to him “the clearest and the loudest.” But in just over a month’s time, this young man with a promising future would become yet another tragic casualty to the second-leading cause of death in his age group (10 to 24 years), and the 10th-leading cause of death among all Americans.

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Posted in Helpful Articles, Mental Health

Insomnia May Be at Heart of Suicide

Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Anyone with friends or family who have experienced insomnia should be aware of a startling new study that may signal impending danger.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Suicide Hidden Risk of Substance Abuse

There are many risks and dangers associated with substance abuse: brain damage, addiction, cancer and others. What most people don’t consider when they first start using is that they are putting themselves at risk for death by suicide. It is the hidden risk of substance abuse and it is a terrifying thought. If you knew that you might end your own life, would you have tried using drugs in the first place? When more people understand this serious risk, hopefully more will make a smart choice to never use drugs. 

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Feelings of Defeat, Entrapment Predict Suicide Risk in PTSD Sufferers

A team of British researchers has concluded that the presence of two related emotions—defeat and entrapment—is a prominent source of suicidal risk in post-traumatic stress disorder patients.

People affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have heightened chances of thinking about suicide and making suicide attempts. This fact holds true even when the impact of co-existing mental health issues like depression is taken into account. In a study published in January 2015 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers sought to determine the factors that help predict the risks for suicide-related issues in individuals diagnosed with PTSD.

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Posted in Mental Health

Is Suicide Selfish?

A frequent response to suicide is to call the act of ending one’s life selfish. A person who commits suicide, this line of reasoning goes, only ultimately cares about him or herself at the expense of family and friends who are left to grieve in the wake of a horrible tragedy. By the same logic, the nearly 40,000 Americans who commit suicide each year, and the thousands more who attempt it, are self-centered.

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Posted in Mental Health

Vigorous Exercise, Team Sports Can Guard Teens Against Suicide

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers in the U.S., ranking only behind accidental death and homicide. While any teenager can develop suicidal tendencies, certain individuals have higher risks than others. Current evidence indicates that regular participation in exercise or organized sports can significantly reduce an adolescent’s chances of thinking about suicide or attempting suicide. According to a new study published in 2013 in the journal Psychological Medicine, the suicide prevention benefits of adolescent exercise don’t end when a teenager reaches adulthood. In fact, they can last for a lifetime.

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Posted in Mental Health

Depressed People With High Level of Fear, Anger, Worry at Greater Risk of Suicide

Major depressive disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders. Those who suffer from depression are also at an increased risk for disorders such as substance use disorder and anxiety. In addition, those with depression are also at a higher risk for suicidal ideation.

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