Asian Teens at Greater Risk for Suicide

Deep stigma surrounds depression and other mental illnesses in many Asian American communities, which makes it harder for students to receive help if they become depressed or suicidal. But many mental health professionals are making strong efforts to address this stigma so that students can receive effective treatment. In a three-part series, Bay Area journalist […]

September 30, 2013 in Health and Healing by

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Who’s At Risk for Suicide?

More than 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. It’s this country’s 11th leading cause of death. That’s the bad news. The good news? Not everyone is at equal risk.  MENTAL ILLNESS: there’s a relationship between suicide and mental illness according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  At least 90 percent […]

February 22, 2010 in Stormy Issues by

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World Suicide Rates

According to a World Health Organization statement from September 10, 2008, Worldwide, suicide rates have increased  by 60% over the last 50 years, and the increase has been particularly marked in developing  countries. Most suicides in the world occur in Asia, which is estimated to account for up to 60% of all suicides.       […]

December 22, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Ministering to the Suicidal – Tips

Everyone has stray thoughts, now and again. It’s good to know the warning signs that someone may need help immediately. These can include:  Physical or psychological changes.  Withdrawal from friends.  Giving away personal possessions. Making statements such as, ‘I’d be better off dead.’ One misconception is that raising the subject will put the idea in someone’s head. Another is […]

December 22, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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MBSR and Meditative Prayer As Suicide Prevention

One interesting and non-harming response might be for ministers to teach prayerful, mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. Noticing some of the unorganized suicide based on financial ruin after the economic crises, and understanding that stress crises can sometimes precipitate these suicide attempts, interested ministers might consider offering MBSR in their parishes and churches or linking forces […]

December 21, 2009 in Health and Healing by

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