Amazon Search Results for ‘Suicide’ Will Now Include a Helpline Instead of Nooses

After searches for 'suicide' on Amazon brought up a number of items to aid in causing a customer’s own death, the tech giant pledged to add helpline information to the pages of certain products. Read More >>

Netflix Responds to Data Connecting 13 Reasons Why With Rise In Teen Suicides

13 Reasons Why, a Netflix series exploring why its protagonist died by suicide, has sparked debate among the research community as to whether it contributed to an uptick in suicide rates. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to this indictment after the first season, simply stating that “nobody has to watch it.” But after another study connecting an uptick in teen suicide rates to the show made headlines this week, the streaming service has taken a slightly less ruthless attitude. Read More >>

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Will Climate Change Actually Increase Suicide Rates?

Climate change is a public health crisis from its impacts on air quality to wiping out the healthcare systems we need to stave off sickness. Even the air conditioning we’ll need to beat the heat is likely to make things worse. Read More >>

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Doctors Have an Alarmingly High Suicide Rate, and No One is Sure How to Help Them

Medical doctors are more likely to die from suicide than members of any other profession in the US, suggests new research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. And worse than that, few interventions seem to have helped make these suicides less common. Read More >>

Ketamine Nasal Spray Relieves Suicidal Thoughts, but Doctors Worry About Abuse Risk

Ketamine, a drug that’s been retooled as a “breakthrough” in depression treatment, is one step closer to becoming mainstream medicine, thanks to the results of a Phase II clinical trial published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry. But some experts are wary of creating a new drug-abuse crisis by introducing a potentially addictive drug to millions of new users. Read More >>

Suicides Spiked After Robin Williams’ Death: Study

Robin Williams’s death by suicide in August 2014 was one that figuratively broke the hearts of people worldwide. But a new study published last week in PLOS-One suggests that the salacious media coverage surrounding his death may have inadvertently inspired even more tragedy—and deaths— in its wake. Read More >>

Commuters Asked to Intervene in Potential Suicides

A new campaign that will strike fear into the hearts of the antisocial has been launched today, under the banner of Small Talk Saves Lives. Which is ironic, as suicide often feels preferable to having to do small talk. Read More >>

Artificial Intelligence Detects Suicidal Tendencies in People Using Brain Scans

Recent scientific progress has allowed us to begin decoding the significance of many different patterns of activity in the brain. Researchers have begun to understand patterns associated with disorders such as depression, in hopes of correcting it. Other research has zeroed in on how language and speech is signalled in the brain. In one often-cited experiment, researchers were even able to convert the MRI readouts of the test subjects’ brains into approximate renditions of the movie clips shown to participants. Read More >>

Research Finds Disturbing Suicide Search Trends Following Release of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s recent drama about the suicide of a teen, was a big hit when it premiered in March, but it also inspired fierce debate among critics about whether its depiction of suicide was irresponsible. Now, new research shows a significant uptick in suicide-related searches after the show premiered, a finding that one expert says confirms his worst fears. Read More >>

Facebook AI Knows When the News Makes You Want to Die

Facebook says it cares so much about the meat products that view its advertising that it now has an AI to screen users for mental health issues, with warnings of suicidal thoughts apparently able to be pulled out of the ether. Read More >>

Teen Dies by Suicide While Livestreaming on Periscope

A 19-year-old woman in Arpajon, France threw herself in front of a commuter train and died yesterday while livestreaming on Periscope. Officials in France are now investigating the incident. Read More >>

Suicide Bomber Blew Himself Out of a Plane, Everyone Else Survives

A photograph of a Somalian airliner shows a hole in the side of the fuselage, one punched through from the inside when a suicide bomber is thought to have detonated his device. Luckily for everyone else, the blast only made a hole in the side wall and sucked out the bomber. Read More >>

Super Sad Guy Watches Hindenburg Show, and Tries To Blow His House Up

Gotta feel bad for this guy: a Pennsylvania man who'd hit some very hard times wanted to end it all in a fiery blaze after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg crash. He's still alive, but the explosion he set off leveled his house. Read More >>

We’ve Grappled With Televised Death Since The First TV Suicide in 1938

The family of an American man who committed suicide this past September has filed a lawsuit against Fox News over the live broadcast of the event. Understandably, the family says that they suffered emotional distress after the broadcast, which was seen on TV sets and computer screens all over the world. Anchor Shepard Smith apologised immediately after airing the suicide, but a debate about the disturbing voyeurism of televised police chases ensued. Read More >>

Apple’s Siri Attempts to Talk Down Suicidal iOS Users

Apple users on the brink of topping themselves might soon have a friend to turn to, with Apple's Siri virtual assistant soon to suggest suicide helpline numbers to people who appear to be using the tool to find ways to off themselves. Read More >>