The risk of suicide not only rises dramatically after an initial attempt but can persist for many years, a Canadian study has found, suggesting a need for long-term monitoring of patients to prevent them from later taking their own lives.
Attitudes about depression have shifted in recent years, with more recognizing that those with suicidal thoughts need urgent and immediate help. But in some cases, those requests for help are not always heard.
Studies show that Canada's elderly are at a much higher risk of suicide than adolescents, and there is growing concern among mental health experts that psychological care may be out of reach for most seniors.
Survivors of attempted suicide across the United States are volunteering to be part of a project by a Brooklyn-based photographer, Dese'Rae Stage, called 'Live Through This' - a collection of photographic portraits and personal accounts.
The media coverage of B.C. teen Amanda Todd’s death and a recent report of an alleged “suicide pact” among First Nations youth have prompted the Vancouver School Board to call on media outlets to follow guidelines on reporting suicides.