ACTON — He always picks up some Entenmann’s or whatever pastries happen to be on sale. Jim Flanagan, coordinator of youth ministries, sets them out in a back office at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, in a space like an old rec room. Worn carpet. Hand-me-down sofas piled with mismatched pillows.The kids roll in, a few at a time, trying to make sense of another suicide. They want to talk. Or they just don’t want to be alone. Related Links Share your story: How have you been affected by suicide? Secrets of a Lost Girl Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows They pray for their lost friend, for another family near mad with grief, for those who struggle, for any who are loved and yet still feel alone.This is their ritual, now achingly familiar.Flanagan opened the room after Megan took her life, in 2016.And then after Matthew took his, just after school started that fall.And Sid, off in college in Minnesota.And Thomas, a classmate of … [Read more...] about After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow
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Monday, November 19, 2018 AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta is responding to a study about a PTSD drug with one of his own. The drug Prazosin is used for treating high blood pressure as well as PTSD-related sleep problems. A study looked into whether the drug could reduce suicidal thoughts. A report on the study in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology states the drug may make nightmares and suicidal thoughts associated with PTSD even worse. “I think we have to view this as not the final word on this, but it raises questions,” says Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at MCG. Dr. McCall is looking for more information from PTSD experts, but says Prazosin could help a bit, but is most likely not the best option if suicide is an active concern in a patient. According to a press release from Augusta University, McCall’s pilot study is the first in which all participants … [Read more...] about Study: PTSD drug could cause worse nightmares, suicidal thoughts
The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown ClearwaterIn honor of International Survivors of Suicide Day and in memory of the thousands of Floridians that die by suicide annually, CCHR is hosting an open house. If our policy makers continue to ignore the fact that the psychiatric drugs being used to prevent suicides are instead part of the problem more people will needlessly die.”— Diane Stein, President CCHR FloridaCLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization that works to enact consumer protections, is hosting a month long open house to raise awareness on the connection between psychiatric drugs and suicidal ideation. November 17th, 2018 is observed as International Survivors of Suicide Day and in memory of the thousands of Floridians that die by suicide annually, CCHR is hosting a month long open house. Anyone wanting to learn more … [Read more...] about Citizens Commission on Human Rights Hosts Suicide Prevention Open House
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2016 Students walk on campus at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. When Harrison Fowler heard about the counseling center at Stanford, where he enrolled as a freshman last fall, he decided to finally do something about the angst he had been struggling with for a long time. The results were not what he had expected. Asked if he had ever considered suicide, he said yes. The center advised him to check himself into the hospital. From there, he was sent to a private outpatient treatment center, where he was prescribed an antidepressant that he said triggered horrible suicidal fantasies. It wasn’t long before he was back in the hospital, being urged to go home to Texas. “No, I can’t go home,” Fowler, 19, recalled saying. “This is partly y’all’s fault for putting me on medication. I reached out for help and now I’m suddenly getting blamed for it.” Fowler ended up having to take a year off. He is now … [Read more...] about Feeling suicidal, students turned to their college. They were told to go home.
Steven Petrow, The Washington Post Published 1:03 pm, Monday, June 25, 2018 Photo: Bebeto Matthews, Andy Kropa, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. The deaths of Spade and Bourdain are causing some journalists to re-evaluate how suicide is reported, in an attempt to be mindful of the danger of copycats. less This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. The deaths of Spade and Bourdain are causing some journalists to re-evaluate how suicide ... more Photo: Bebeto Matthews, Andy Kropa, AP I wasn't suicidal until suddenly, scarily, I was 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Two years ago, I freed myself from what had long felt like … [Read more...] about I wasn’t suicidal until suddenly, scarily, I was