Suicide http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25980/all en US military suicides hit record in 2012, outpace combat deaths http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/us-military-suicides-hit-record-2012-outpace-combat-deaths <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops committing suicide set a record in 2012, exceeding the number of combat deaths, the Pentagon said on Monday.</p> <p>The Pentagon said 349 active-duty troops killed themselves in 2012, up more than 15 percent from 2011 despite renewed efforts by the military to stem the suicide rate.</p> <p>"This is an epidemic that cannot be ignored," said Senator Patty Murray, who championed legislation last year to improve suicide prevention efforts and mental health care for troops and veterans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/us-military-suicides-hit-record-2012-outpace-combat-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Labor Leon Panetta Social Issues Suicide Suicide methods Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:00:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734424 at http://www.globalpost.com Man sets himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/man-sets-himself-fire-pragues-wenceslas-square <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A Czech man set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Sunday, just days after the anniversary of student Jan Palach's immolation in 1969 to protest at the occupation of Czechoslovakia, police said.</p> <p>A spokeswoman said the 36-year-old lit his jacket in front of the National Museum - an area usually teeming with tourists and locals alike - near where Palach doused himself with flammable liquid on Jan. 16, 1969, following the occupation of communist Czechoslovakia by Russian-led forces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/man-sets-himself-fire-pragues-wenceslas-square" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Czech people Education Labor Law Politics Prague Spring Religion Social Issues Suicide War Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736909 at http://www.globalpost.com Intimidating debt collectors push Britons to suicide - report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/intimidating-debt-collectors-push-britons-suicide-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Costas Pitas</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Irresponsible lending and intimidating debt collectors are pushing thousands of people in Britain into depression and suicide, a report said on Wednesday and separate data showed more people are taking their own lives.</p> <p>Many people already struggling with the economic slowdown, wage freezes and benefit cuts were often overwhelmed by tactics used by some money lenders, including persistent phone calls and threatening letters, said the paper.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/intimidating-debt-collectors-push-britons-suicide-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Office for National Statistics Social Issues Suicide Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:30:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738090 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. military veteran suicides rise, one dies every 65 minutes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/us-military-veteran-suicides-rise-one-dies-every-65-minutes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The most extensive study yet by the U.S. government on suicide among military veterans shows more veterans are killing themselves than previously thought, with 22 deaths a day - or one every 65 minutes, on average.</p> <p>The study released on Friday by the Department of Veterans Affairs covered suicides from 1999 to 2010 and compared with a previous, less precise VA estimate that there were roughly 18 veteran deaths a day in the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/us-military-veteran-suicides-rise-one-dies-every-65-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Labor Social Issues Suicide United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran War Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:15:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743721 at http://www.globalpost.com Italian man jumps off bridge after announcing suicide on Facebook http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/italian-man-jumps-bridge-after-announcing-suicide-facebook <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 24-year-old Italian man on Monday committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in southern Austria after posting about his "spectacular suicide" plans on Facebook.</p> <p>Local police said the man, from Italy's northeastern Tarvisio region, gave no motive for the suicide.</p> <p>After posting the plans on the popular social network, he then took his car and sped past an Austrian police road control, triggering a high-speed car chase in the state of Carinthia, police said. </p> <p>He then pulled over and committed suicide by jumping off a 50 metre-high (160 feet) bridge. </p> <p>pfe/ln/mfp</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/italian-man-jumps-bridge-after-announcing-suicide-facebook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Suicide AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:47:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752973 at http://www.globalpost.com Japanese boy, 11, kills himself on train tracks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japanese-boy-11-kills-himself-train-tracks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An 11-year-old boy has died after throwing himself under a train in Japan, in an apparent suicide in protest at plans to close his school, police and press reports said Friday.</p> <p>The boy, whose name was withheld, jumped onto tracks from a platform at a station in Daito, near Osaka on Thursday afternoon, police said.</p> <p>"We are investigating the case as a possible suicide as eyewitnesses said the boy jumped onto the tracks by himself," a Daito police spokesman said by telephone. "There was a (suicide) note near his rucksack left on the platform."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japanese-boy-11-kills-himself-train-tracks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Osaka Social Issues Suicide Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:31:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756392 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria Church leader decries self-immolations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/bulgaria-church-leader-decries-self-immolations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria's Christian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Neophyte, decried on Thursday a recent wave of self-immolations and suicides after four people set themselves ablaze in the past month.</p> <p>"Do not take your life under any circumstances. There are other ways to solve problems than through monstrous death," Neophyte was cited by the BTA state news agency as saying, after meeting with new caretaker premier Marin Raykov in the northern city of Ruse.</p> <p>The patriarch urged people to "not fall prey to the lack of hope but seek strength in God."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/bulgaria-church-leader-decries-self-immolations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil disobedience Human behavior Social Issues Suicide AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5783560 at http://www.globalpost.com Two more self-immolations in Bulgaria: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/two-more-self-immolations-bulgaria-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two more people have set themselves on fire in Bulgaria, bringing to seven the number of self-immolations amid growing despair over poverty, state BNR radio reported Wednesday.</p> <p>A 41-year-old unemployed father doused himself with fuel and set himself ablaze in the northeastern village of Sitovo on Wednesday, the radio said.</p> <p>He was hospitalised with burns over 90 percent of his body but was conscious, telling doctors that he did it out of despair, BNR added. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/two-more-self-immolations-bulgaria-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human behavior Self-immolations Social Issues Suicide AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:15:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788617 at http://www.globalpost.com Self-immolation protests in Bulgaria claim fifth life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/self-immolation-protests-bulgaria-claim-fifth-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man who set himself on fire in Bulgaria earlier this week died on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths from self-immolation caused by despair over poverty in the country to five, hospital officials said.</p> <p>Unemployed father Todor Yovtchev was hospitalised with burns to over 90 percent of his body after dousing himself with fuel and setting himself ablaze in the northeastern village of Sitovo on Wednesday, before succumbing to his injuries in hospital in the Black Sea city of Varna two days later. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/self-immolation-protests-bulgaria-claim-fifth-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human behavior Self-immolations Social Issues Suicide AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:31:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791214 at http://www.globalpost.com Canadian girl commits suicide after sexual assault http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/canadian-girl-commits-suicide-after-sexual-assault <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> A teenage girl in Canada took her own life after images of her being sexually assaulted was distributed on the Internet. According to the local press in Nova Scotia, the 17-year-old Parsons was sexually assaulted by four boys in her class two years ago. to commit suicide. She did not die immediately and was transported to a hospital but she died a few days later.</p><P>Her mother said the family had to move because of the effects of the postings on the Internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/canadian-girl-commits-suicide-after-sexual-assault" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Issues Suicide Technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:02:36 +0000 Asianet 5812459 at http://www.globalpost.com Suicide claims more Americans than car crashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suicide rates among US adults aged 35-64 are on the rise -- with more Americans now taking their lives than dying in car accidents, according to official statistics released Thursday.</p> <p> Motor vehicle accidents killed 33,687 people between 1999 and 2010 -- well below the 38,364 who died from suicide in the same period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.</p> <p>The spike in suicides was seen exclusively among US adults aged 35-64, who saw a 28 percent rise over the last decade, the CDC added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disaster Social Issues Suicide Suicide prevention AFP Thu, 02 May 2013 19:45:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830052 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Suicide claims more Americans than car crashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/corrected-suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suicide rates among US adults aged 35-64 are on the rise -- with more Americans now taking their lives than dying in car accidents, according to official statistics released Thursday.</p> <p> Motor vehicle accidents killed 33,687 people in 2010 -- well below the 38,364 who died from suicide in the same year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.</p> <p>The spike in suicides was seen exclusively among US adults aged 35-64, who saw a 28 percent rise over the last decade, the CDC added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/corrected-suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disaster Social Issues Suicide Suicide prevention AFP Thu, 02 May 2013 20:01:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830064 at http://www.globalpost.com Suicide claims more Americans than car crashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suicide rates among US adults aged 35-64 are on the rise -- with more Americans now taking their lives than dying in car accidents, according to official statistics released Thursday.</p> <p> Motor vehicle accidents killed 33,687 people in 2010 -- well below the 38,364 who died from suicide in the same year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.</p> <p>The spike in suicides was seen exclusively among US adults aged 35-64, who saw a 28 percent rise over the last decade, the CDC added.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/suicide-claims-more-americans-car-crashes-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disaster Social Issues Suicide Suicide prevention AFP Thu, 02 May 2013 22:30:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830140 at http://www.globalpost.com Spike in suicides among middle-aged Americans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/spike-suicides-among-middle-aged-americans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Suicide rates are rising dramatically among middle-aged Americans, according to US government statistics, which showed a 28 percent spike from a decade ago in the number of people taking their own lives.</p> <p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the figures show more people taking their own lives than dying in car accidents, and attribute the increase to the sharp rise in suicides among adults aged aged 35 to 64.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130502/spike-suicides-among-middle-aged-americans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Politics Social Issues Suicide Suicide prevention AFP Fri, 03 May 2013 03:45:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5830257 at http://www.globalpost.com Vermont legislators approve 'death-with-dignity' bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130514/vermont-legislators-approve-death-dignity-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Legislators in the US state of Vermont approved a "death-with-dignity" bill Monday enabling terminally ill patients to take their own lives with lethal medication requested from their doctors.</p> <p>The liberal-minded rural New England state becomes the third in the nation, after Oregon and Washington, to allow doctor-assisted suicide -- but the first to do so by legislative process rather than a voter-initiated referendum.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130514/vermont-legislators-approve-death-dignity-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Death Health Labor Medicine Social Issues Suicide AFP Tue, 14 May 2013 06:00:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5837314 at http://www.globalpost.com