Latest Suicide prevention News

Black veteran groups seek policy agenda on racial inequities

Jun. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

As a young man in Memphis, Tennessee, Robert Dabney Jr. wanted to blaze a path that could set his family up for a better life. So two weeks after high school graduation in 1998, at age 18, he joined the U.S. Army. During nine years of service that included two tours in Iraq, Dabney...

At Westminster dog show, new focus on veterinarians' welfare

Jun. 18, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The dogs get the spotlight, but the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club show is also illuminating a human issue: veterinarians' mental health. In conjunction with a first-time Veterinarian of the Year award that will be presented on the show's final day Wednesday, the...

Report: Fires, heat waves cause 'climate anxiety' in youth

Jun. 15, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say the impacts of climate change, including more devastating wildfires, heat waves, drought and poor air quality, are fueling “climate anxiety” among young people. Their findings have been published in a report that highlights...

Maine investing $230M in behavioral health after gun deaths

Jun. 09, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will invest $230 million in statewide suicide prevention and mental health services after a report found that more than 85% of gun deaths in 2020 were suicides. The state report released this week concluded that 132 of the 154 people killed by guns in...

Fences dramatically cut suicide at Tampa Bay's Skyway Bridge

Jun. 07, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

For decades, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge has been one of Tampa Bay’s most iconic landmarks. But the 190 foot-high peak has also drawn hundreds of people wanting to take their own life. Most who have jumped from the top of span have died. Each time, witnesses, first responders and...

Couple builds tranquil retreat for veterans at SC lake

Jun. 07, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

CROSS HILL, S.C. (AP) — Twenty veterans in the United States commit suicide every day. That number weighs heavily on Barry and Kim Gambrell. That’s part of the reason the couple started Tranquility Point Veterans Retreat at Lake Greenwood in Cross Hill. It’s a...

Florida mom channels grief into fight against vet suicides

Jun. 04, 2022 06:01 AM EDT

Janos “John” Lutz was 19 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school, aiming to do his part for his country in the aftermath of the 911 terrorist attacks. As he hoped, he was deployed to the front lines in Iraq. Janine Lutz recalls the first time that...

School counselors sound cry for help after Buffalo shooting

May. 23, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

Every school, it seems, has a moment that crystallizes the crisis facing America’s youth and the pressure it is putting on educators. For one middle school counselor in rural California, it came this year after a suicide prevention seminar, when 200 students emerged saying they...

Ashley Judd talks about mental health after mother's death

May. 12, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and talked about her grieving process after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd. In an interview aired on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, the movie star said she...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 12, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Parkersburg News and Sentinel. May 11, 2022. Editorial: Prevention: Tackling the problem must involve action This is National Prevention Week, and here in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health is partnering with...