Showing posts with label Suicide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suicide. Show all posts

June 21, 2020

World Wide Suicide


Suicide attempts, however, are more common among females.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), in 2018, more than 48,000 people in the United States died by suicide, and there were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts. The AFSP also note that men were 3.56 times more likely to die by suicide than women that year.
Suicide is preventable. With treatment and lifestyle changes, people can begin to feel better. They can learn to manage their symptoms and find joy in life again.
Individuals who are at immediate risk of suicide or serious self-harm should seek help urgently by calling 911 or their local emergency number.
In this article, we discuss male suicide in more detail. We list possible causes and risk factors and explain what to do if someone is at risk of suicide.

Suicide prevention

If you know someone at immediate risk of self-harm, suicide, or hurting another person:
  • Ask the tough question: “Are you considering suicide?”
  • Listen to the person without judgment.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number, or text TALK to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Stay with the person until professional help arrives.
  • Try to remove any weapons, medications, or other potentially harmful objects.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours per day at 800-273-8255. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can call 800-799-4889.

There are many possible causes of suicide. Often, a combination of factors plays a role in the onset of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Typically, people who think about or attempt suicide do so because they feel as though they can no longer cope with life. They may feel hopeless, helpless, worthless, or lonely, and they might believe that suicide is their only option.
These feelings may arise as a result of many situations, including:
  • military service
  • the breakdown of a relationship
  • financial or legal issues
According to one study, other causes and triggers for suicidal thoughts and attempts may include:
  • illness
  • physical discomfort
  • conflict with family or friends
  • the illness or death of a family member
  • loneliness
Among males, specifically, one study indicates that significant triggers include:
  • being single
  • retirement
  • unemployment

One of the most significant risk factors for suicide is being male. Studies suggest that females tend to attempt suicide more often than males but that males die by suicide more frequently than females.
Researchers have suggested that this may be because males tend to use more lethal methods, such as firearms.
Research indicates that suicide also has associated genetic risk factors.
Other risk factors for suicide include:
  • a personal history of suicide attempts
  • a history of experiencing physical or sexual abuse
  • having a mental health disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • having a medical condition, such as chronic pain or terminal illness, that increases the risk of depression
  • alcohol and drug misuse or abuse
  • having suicidal thoughts and access to means of suicide, such as firearms or medication
  • being gay, bisexual, or transgender and experiencing discrimination or not receiving support from others
  • a family history of mental illness, suicide, or substance abuse
  • the initial use of some antidepressant medications, especially among children and adolescents, although antidepressants are more likely to reduce suicidal risk in the long term
Although having a mental health disorder, such as depression, is a risk factor for suicide, not everyone who attempts suicide will have a known mental illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 54% of those who died by suicide between 1999 and 2016 had not received a diagnosis of a mental health condition. Warning signs
Warning signs of suicide or suicidal thoughts among males include:
  • extreme mood swings
  • talking about suicide, death, or dying
  • an increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • changes to a person’s eating or sleeping habits or other aspects of their usual routine
  • changes in personality, such as severe anxiety or feelings of hopelessness
  • isolating oneself from others
  • engaging in risky behaviors
  • acquiring a firearm or other means to die by suicide
  • giving away money or belongings
  • saying goodbye to people as if they will not see them again
Not everyone will show signs of suicidal thoughts. Even when they do, the signs may be subtle. They can vary significantly from person to person.

January 16, 2020

Very Small Wage Increase Could Have Prevented 13,800 Deaths in 6 years in Study

The world has been facing a suicide crisis over the past few years. In the United States alone, tens of thousands of people die by suicide each year. But new research shows that a $1 increase in the minimum wage might prevent thousands of deaths.  
As little as a $1 increase to the minimum wage could prevent thousands of people from attempting suicide, a new study suggests.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, in 2017, the latest year for which data is available, "[s]uicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States," accounting for more than 47,000 deaths.
People can experience suicidal thoughts or be at risk of attempting suicide for a variety of reasons, including physical and mental illness, social isolation, substance abuse, and traumatic experiences.
For many people who consider suicide, the common point is a pervading feeling of hopelessness, often as a result of facing problems from which they can see no way out. One of these problems is, perhaps unsurprisingly, experiencing financial difficulties.
Recently, a team of researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, has sought to find out whether an increase in national minimum wages could make a real difference in terms of lowering the number of suicides per year.
The team's findings — featured in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health — point to an answer very much in the affirmative. A tiny increase of just $1 in the minimum wage could have saved thousands of lives lost to suicide over the past year. 
Just $1 could make a huge difference
The researchers started by considering the difference between the federal minimum hourly wage versus the state minimum hourly wage for all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., in conjunction with both unemployment and suicide rates among people aged 18–64 between 1990–2015.
During this period, the team notes, there were 478 amendments of the state minimum wage across all of the U.S. states. The researchers calculated that the average difference in minimum wage between state minimum wages and the federal minimum wage was $2,200 per year for a person working full time.
Moreover, while in 1990, as many as 36 of the U.S. states ratified minimum wages that were equal to the federal minimum wage, by 2015, only 21 states still offered this rate. 
When they looked at suicide rates, the investigators observed that between 1990–2015, 399,206 people who were either high school-educated or had lower levels of formal education had died by suicide.
By comparison, 140,176 people with a college degree or a higher level of formal education died by suicide during that same period.
Thus, the research team estimates there would have been a 3.5–6% drop in suicide rates for each $1 increase in the minimum wage — at least in the case of people with a high school or lower degree of formal education.
The same decrease did not appear to be likely in the case of individuals with at least a college degree.
State-level unemployment also seemed to affect suicide rates during this period, the study authors note. When state unemployment rates were high, at 6.5% or above, higher minimum wages showed a link to lower suicide rates.
Yet when unemployment rates were low, there was a weaker association between minimum wage values and suicide rates.
Following on from these findings, the researchers went on to estimate that in the 6 years after the great recession of 2009 — in which unemployment rates were at a historic high — as many as 13,800 suicides could have been prevented among people with a high-school or lower degree of formal education if only the state minimum wage had increased by $1.  
And adding $2 to the state minimum wage could well have prevented 25,900 deaths by suicide.
This evaluation means that between 1990–2015, a $1 increase could have prevented 27,550 suicides, and a $2 increase could have saved 57,350 lives.
Although this is an observational study that has only found an association, the researchers still emphasize that a tiny increase in a person's earnings could have an inestimable value in terms of their well-being.
In their study paper, the first author of which is John Kaufman, the researchers write:
"Our findings are consistent with the notion that policies designed to improve the livelihoods of individuals with less education, who are more likely to work at lower wages and at higher risk for adverse mental health outcomes, can reduce the suicide risk in this group."
"Our findings also suggest that the potential protective effects of a higher minimum wage are more important during times of high unemployment," the investigators go on to add.

Suicide prevention

  • If you know someone at immediate risk of self-harm, suicide, or hurting another person:
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until professional help arrives.
  • Remove any weapons, medications, or other potentially harmful objects.
  • Listen to the person without judgment.
  • If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.

January 11, 2020

Video Outside the Cell Of Jeffrey Epstein Has Disappeared (Q) Who Has Enough Power Inside A Federal Detention Center

The answer to the question of the title of this story is easy to answer. Did you get to the right answer?  It is not the royals, the mob, the Clintons nor Obama like Trump would say. It is the high echelons of the Federal Government. No one else has enough power to have this man killed and wipe all evidence of everything clean up. 


Surveillance video taken outside of the Manhattan jail cell of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein during his first suicide attempt was permanently deleted, prosecutors said on Thursday. 
The admission, revealed in a court filing, provides another embarrassing glimpse into the failures by staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center to adhere to the protocol or keep accurate records on the troubled federal detention facility. 
The request for the video was made by Epstein's former cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, who is awaiting trial on four drug-related killings. 
As investigators looked into the unsuccessful July suicide attempt, one theory was that Tartaglione had been involved. But the disgraced former cop's attorney countered that Tartaglione intervened to save Epstein and hoped the video would exonerate him. 
After first reporting that the video had been preserved, prosecutors told the court that further investigation shows "the MCC inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier within the MCC." 
As a result, the pertinent video "no longer exists," prosecutors wrote.

How could such a mistake occur? 
Officials explained it was due to a data entry error. 
When the prison's legal counsel looked up Epstein's cell number in the MCC computer system to ensure the video would be saved, it showed he was in a different cell and floor than where he was actually housed. 
Furthermore, officials did not watch the video at the time in order to ensure it was the correct footage because "an MCC staff member confirmed that the video had been preserved." 
However, the latest court documents state, "After reviewing the video, it appeared to the Government that the footage contained on the preserved video was for the correct date and time, but captured a different tier than the one where [Epstein] was located because the preserved video did not show corrections officers responding to any of the cells seen on the video."  
Was it the only copy?
  According to MCC, there is a backup system in place to store all video from the Special Housing Unit, where Epstein and Tartaglione were being held at the time. 
But a review by the FBI found that the video on the backup system was also erased "since at least August 2019 as a result of technical errors." 
Conspiracy theories
The wealthy financier, who was facing a decades-long prison sentence if he had been convicted of sexually exploiting and abusing girls as young as 14, killed himself less than a month after the July incident. 
By that point, he was kept alone in a cell and was supposed to be under extra supervision, including 30-minute checks. 
New York's medical examiner ruled the death of suicide by hanging — a conclusion challenged by Epstein's family and many who believe someone else was responsible for the 66-year-old's death. 
Conspiracy theorists proposed he was murdered to keep Epstein from talking about his connections to elite circles of powerful and influential people, including Prince Andrew and President Trump. 
Systemic problems within MCC
In the wake of Epstein's death, two MCC prison officers were charged with fabricating records to show they completed more than 75 mandatory checks on Epstein in the hours before he hanged himself.
Based on available surveillance footage, prosecutors allege Michael Thomas and Tova Noel failed to look in on Epstein for eight hours before he was found unresponsive. Instead, the guards "browsed the Internet for furniture, motorcycle sales, and sports news instead of monitoring Epstein in his cell, some 15 feet away in the Special Housing Unit," according to the indictment.
Union officials representing the Federal Bureau of Prisons officers say beyond Epstein's suicide death, there are systemic problems dealing that have to do with chronic understaffing across federal detention facilities.
"There is a crisis in our agency. Not just in Manhattan, but throughout the Bureau. We are short of staff," Jose Rojas, a union representative, told NPR. 
The sex trafficking case against Epstein was formally closed by Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York less than three weeks after his suicide.

November 8, 2019

You Tuber (24K followers) Tai Couture Commits Suicide

YouTuber and Influencer Tai Couture (Image credit: YouTube)

Popular gay YouTuber and LGBTQ influencer Tai Couture has passed away from suicide.
Couture, whose real name was Tyree Williams, was primarily known for his work as a hairstylist and makeup artist, but he had also been vocal about his battle with depression. His death was reported on Friday of last week.
When 15-year-old ninth-grader Nigel Shelby took his own life earlier this year after being bullied for being gay, an emotional Couture shared a Facebook post discussing an earlier suicide attempt of his own.
He wrote, “My heart mourns for the pain, torment, and loneliness this baby felt preceding his suicide. My suicide attempt was only a little over a year ago when I cut my wrist with a knife and was hospitalized.” 
“Although bullying wasn’t my trigger I know firsthand how it feels to be desperate for the hurt to end. I pray for Nigel’s family, friends, and the LGBTQ community. May the world continue to spread more unconditional love and not hate.”
In 2016, Couture said in a video he posted that he was in a near-fatal car crash that may have caused his depression. He also talked about how he made it through that difficult period in his life.
After hearing of his death, fans and followers have gone on social media to share their disbelief and sorrow.
One poster on Instagram said, “Here you have a man who seemed to have it all from love, success, and beauty.Who shared a lot of himself publicly with us. Yet, he suffered in silence enough so that his only resolve was to take his own life.”
The poster, who goes by the name @celestialhandsatl, went on to add that Couture “was a man that many of us in the LGBTQ community held in high regard” before adding that he “showed us what he wanted us to see. I, like many of us will never understand why he decided to end his life. Only him and God knows that now.”
The Williams’ family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of his funeral. It has raised over $5,500, so far.

September 11, 2019

Jarrid Wilson Pastor of Mega Church For Those Christians Mentally Challenged Kills Himself

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(CNN)Jarrid Wilson, a popular pastor known for his work in mental health advocacy at a Southern California megachurch, has died by suicide, Senior Pastor Greg Laurie with Harvest Christian Fellowship Church said in a statement. 
Wilson joined the church as an associate pastor last year and has since spoken out many times about the issue of mental health, Laurie said.
Wilson and his wife founded an outreach called "Anthem of Hope" designed to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. 
"Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles," Laurie said. "He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts."
    He is survived by his wife, Juli, and two young sons, according to Laurie's post. 
    On his verified Twitter page, Wilson had posted several times about September as National Suicide Prevention Month. In a post on Monday, he wrote, "Loving Jesus doesn't always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn't always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn't always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn't always cure anxiety. But that doesn't mean Jesus doesn't offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that."
    The last activity on his Twitter account was a retweet of the Anthem of Hope page. The original post contains a 24/7 chat feature and reads: "Lonely? Depressed? Need someone to talk to? ... You don't have to do this alone!"
    On her unverified Instagram account, Wilson's wife wrote he was a "loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt (off) his back husband."
    "No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle," she wrote. "You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies, but you knew the truth of Jesus and I know you're by his side right this very second."

    'Pastors are just people'

    In her post, Juli Wilson said that "suicide doesn't get the last word."
    "I won't let it," she said. Juli Wilson wrote her husband's work led "thousands to the feet of Jesus" and his willingness to share his struggle with anxiety and depression "has helped so many other people feel like they weren't alone."
    "YOU WERE an anthem of hope to everyone, baby, and I'll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath," she wrote.  
      Laurie, the pastor with Harvest Church, wrote in his post: "Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not."
      "At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day," Laurie wrote. 

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