Latest Suicide prevention News

FILE - This Dec. 11, 2019 file photo shows gravestones at a cemetery in New Jersey. The U.S. suicide death rate fell slightly in 2019, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

Oct. 23, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is preliminary, but the decline is “really exciting,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of...

Koki Ozora, a college student who started a nonprofit called

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place for You,” is run entirely by volunteers. It offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those...

Michigan schools to have suicide prevention resources on IDs

Oct. 16, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan public schools will be required to put a suicide prevention hotline number on student identification cards, under a law signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The measure that Whitmer signed into law Thursday covers students in grades six through 12. The suicide rate for Michigan's...

Report: Suicide tips rise 4% in Colorado last school year

Sep. 30, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suicide prevention program in Colorado has released an annual report showing that the number of reported potential suicides increased by 4% during the last academic year. The Safe2Tell program recorded 3,821 reports about students at risk of suicide, up from 3,668 reports during the 2018-19...

Tennessee receives suicide prevention funding

Sep. 29, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health has announced that it has received $750,000 for suicide prevention efforts over the next five years. Tennessee's health agency is one of nine organizations to receive the funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a...

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...

Lawmakers fail to override more than 20 Sununu vetoes

Sep. 16, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override more than 20 bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, including a catchall one containing 40 wide-ranging measures that was passed during during a truncated session in the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers said the bill would...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Sep. 16, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Sept. 15 Dalton Daily Citizen-News on observing National Suicide Prevention Month: Suicide isn’t a topic we are all comfortable discussing. It can be an extremely sensitive subject for those who have considered taking their lives, or for those of us who have...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 16, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Sept. 13 Decatur Daily on preparing to vote well in advance of the November election: The state has begun accepting applications for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election, and already local election officials are seeing a surge of requests. Combine a...