Latest Suicide prevention News

Staff Sergeant Ryan Graves talks about the death of his fellow solider, Staff Sergeant Jason Lowe, during an interview on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Days before taking his own life, Lowe graduated second in his class in the Army's Advanced Leader Course. Graves told The Associated Press Lowe

As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

Sep. 28, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — If there were any signs that Staff Sgt. Jason Lowe was struggling, the soldiers he served alongside didn’t see them. The 27-year-old paratrooper was a top performer. He was on the Commandant’s List and had just finished second in his class in the Army’s...

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo a U.S. Army soldier walks inside a mobile surgical unit being set up by soldiers from Fort Carson, Col., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as part of a field hospital inside CenturyLink Field Event Center, in Seattle. Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period last year, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked, as service members struggle with isolation and other impacts of COVID-19 added to the pressures of war-zone deployments and responding to national disasters and civil unrest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Sep. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest. While the data is incomplete and...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 11, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT And we’re off! Don’t sit this one out. The Day Sept. 7 American presidential elections go on too long. This one arguably began on July 28, 2017, just eight months after the election of President...

This photo provided by Pair of Thieves shows Doug Peterson posed recently in Pacific City, Ore., next to the camper van that will accompany him on a nearly 1,500-mile bike ride to raise awareness for National Suicide Prevention Month. It was January 2015 that 17-year-old Page Peterson, the carefree Oregon boy who pitched on the baseball field and tore down the slopes on his snowboard, took his own life. He was among more than 2,000 teenagers his age that would commit suicide in that year alone, a number that is both staggering and heartbreaking. Now, his father Doug Peterson is riding his bike from the Canadian border to the Mexican border during the month of September, raising money with the support of apparel company Pair of Thieves and awareness for National Suicide Prevention Month. (Alan Stuart/Pair of Thieves via AP)

Oregon man rides from Canada to Mexico for suicide awareness

Sep. 1, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Doug Petersen remembers coming home from work and walking around to the backyard, drawn by the joyful sound of teenage laughter, and finding that his son's friends had set up the family trampoline by the swimming pool. With a combination of grin and grimace, he would watch the boys do flips and tricks into the...