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Tag: Suicide

Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

The Suicide Rate Among Black Children Has Doubled Since the ’90s

Although the rate of suicides among black Americans is typically lower than that of whites, researchers have recently discovered alarming findings regarding black children ages 5 to 11.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Was Far From Impartial

The jury that convicted the accused in the Boston Marathon bombing was biased before the trial even started, a wave of suicides is sweeping through a town in California and an activist works toward getting women to “free the nipple.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

Germanwings Copilot Who Crashed Plane ‘Hid Illness From Employers’ (Video)

Prosecutors point to a torn-up note from a doctor as evidence that the copilot who killed himself and 149 other people when he crashed a commercial jet into the French Alps on Tuesday suffered from an illness.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Gives Moving Oscar Speech on Feeling Like an Outsider

Screenwriter Graham Moore revealed a surprising fact about himself during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night, paid tribute to computer science pioneer Alan Turing and offered encouragement to “that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE

Austerity’s Greek Death Toll: Study Connects Strict Measures to Rise in Suicides

The harsh economic policies implemented in Greece and other countries in recent years have been shown to have a detrimental effect on mental health and well-being.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

On Nerd Pain

In response to a vulnerable personal comment on “nerd trauma and male privilege” published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jacob George

Tragic news of the young veteran received enormous attention over the past week. Friends and fellow veterans remember his warmth, wisdom and commitment to bringing the horrors of war to an end.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Jorg Hackemann /

Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Global Recession Has ‘Led to 10,000 Suicides’

U.K. researchers report that the economic crisis in Europe and North America has contributed to the suicides of more than 10,000 people.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE

Another Apparent Suicide Brings Financial World Death Toll to 6 in 2014

A 33-year-old JPMorgan employee jumped to his death from the roof of the firm’s Hong Kong headquarters Tuesday, adding to a series of untimely deaths in the banking and big business arena in recent weeks.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Fourth Banker Dies of Apparent Suicide in a Week

Russell Investments chief economist Mike Dueker’s apparent suicide death, discovered Thursday after the 50-year-old former St. Louis Federal Reserve officer had been reported missing from his home in Tacoma, Washington, became the fourth such loss in the financial community in the span of a week.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE

(AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

More Proof We Just Don’t Care About Sexual Assault in the U.S.

Three teens who admitted to attacking and photographing an unconscious 15-year-old girl have been sentenced to mere days in a California juvenile detention center while their victim hanged herself eight days after the assault.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


New Test Could Make Antidepressants Safer

Antidepressants are wildly popular in the United States, where one in 10 people take them. The problem is that they sometimes cause what’s called suicidal ideation—thoughts of suicide.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE

K. Kendall (CC BY 2.0)

Young Britons ‘Feel They Have Nothing to Live For’

A study for the Prince’s Trust charity reports that almost a third of long-term unemployed people have contemplated killing themselves and that “urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless,” the BBC reports.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE


A USAID Worker’s Suicide Raises the Flag on a Troubling Issue

The suicide of a USAID worker, the first in a decade of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, spotlights a gap in policy, and a potentially wider problem.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Suicides and Homicides Linked

In 2012, suicide by active duty American soldiers exceeded the number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan. Why? In the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, young natives are lining up to become suicide bombers. Why?

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE

Economic Murder: How and Why Austerity Kills

Austerity has caused more than 10,000 suicides (including the married couple pictured above) and as many as 1 million additional cases of depression across Europe and the United States, economist David Stuckler and physician Sanjay Basu estimate. Those findings are discussed in their new book, “The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills.”

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

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House of Horrors

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But the danger out there is both more mundane and more terrible: You’re more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And it would probably happen at home.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE

Copyright Eugene Richards, from War Is Personal

Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE

Andrea_44 (CC BY 2.0)

Elderly Man Facing Foreclosure Commits Suicide

A West Virginia man became one of the latest fatalities of the American economy when he shot and killed himself this month after authorities arrived at his home with an eviction notice.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE

Francisco Diez (CC BY 2.0)

MIT Refused to Accept Swartz Plea Bargain, Lawyer Says

A lawyer for Aaron Swartz—the 26-year-old programmer and open-Internet activist who reportedly committed suicide Friday under pressure from threat of prosecution—says MIT refused to endorse a deal that would have granted Swartz probation or deferred prosecution.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE

Last Year Review

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE

Anti-Austerity General Strike Sweeps Europe

Millions of Europeans are protesting spending cuts and tax increases during a continent-wide general strike that comes days after a 53-year-old woman in Spain committed suicide as she was about to be evicted.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE

Screenshot via YouTube

Bullied Teen Commits Suicide, Leaves Behind Heartbreaking Video

Amanda Todd, 15, uploaded the nearly nine-minute video last month. Using cue cards, she documented the torment and cruelty that followed her, despite moving and switching schools several times.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE

Middle East Suicide

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE

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U.S. Military Suicides Exceed Deaths in Afghan Action

After leveling off in 2010 and 2011, suicides by active-duty American troops have peaked at nearly one per day so far this year, with 154 lives taken in 155 days, far outstripping the number killed in action in Afghanistan during the same period.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

foto.bulle (CC BY 2.0)

Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE

Gabriela Camerotti (CC-BY)

In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE

‘Monsieur Lazhar’: Tragedy and Humanity

At its best, “Monsieur Lazhar” is something very rare in film: a study in self-containment.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE

Suicide Sparks New Protests in Athens

After 77-year-old Greek retiree Dimitris Christoulas fatally shot himself in front of the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday, Greek protesters’ ire again exploded over the austerity measures that the government has implemented to save the country from economic ruin while sacrificing citizens’ funds along the way.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Army

Eight U.S. Soldiers Charged in Comrade’s Death

On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE

timothy.actwell (CC-BY)

Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE

Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / JTF Guantanamo

Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002. (more)

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Evan Vucci

Libyan Protest Tops 200

The death toll in protests against the four-decade-plus rule of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya is now more than 200 people, with 900 injured amid warnings from government media that anyone opposing the regime risked “suicide.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Sgt. Alvaro Lupercio

Suicides Double Among National Guard, Reserves

The Army’s investment in suicide prevention appears to be paying off, with the first drop among active duty soldiers in five years. However the number of National Guardsmen and reservists who killed themselves—half of whom never saw combat—nearly doubled in the last year.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Ben Curtis

Egypt Bomb Kills at Least 21

In a bloody beginning to the new year in Egypt, a suicide bombing outside a Coptic church in Alexandria killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. “This massacre has al-Qaida written all over ... ,” a church official said.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 READ MORE

Afghan Suicide Attacks Kill 13

Attacks on two Afghan military bases killed at least 13 members of the country’s security forces. One of the attacks, blamed on the Taliban, was against a training center on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE

Brooklyn Artist Tallies Troop Suicides

In this case, the writing is actually on the wall: Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz turned his shock over hearing that the number of U.S. troops who committed suicide in 2009 doubled the toll ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Yutaka Tsutano (CC-BY)

More Trouble for iPhone Manufacturer

Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer Hon Hai is hitting back at new reports that working conditions at its Foxconn plants in China, where iPhones come from and where an employee suicide spree made news in recent months, haven’t gotten better.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE

Hey, Bullies and Bigots: It Gets Worse

You may have seen those “It Gets Better” spots in which earnest celebrities confront the problem of gay kids getting bullied. Well, here’s a spoof of that series that approaches the issue from a bully’s-eye point of view. Apparently, bigotry is no longer “fashionable.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Kathy Willens

New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE

A photo of Tyler Clementi from Facebook

Sex Video Blamed for College Freshman’s Suicide

An 18-year-old violinist at Rutgers University jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after posting a short note on Facebook. Two fellow students are accused of using a webcam to broadcast footage of the freshman having sex with another man.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE

IMDB / Warner Brothers

‘Inception’s’ Suicidal Tendencies

Christopher Nolan’s epic and ambitious new blockbuster is a fascinating, skillfully made brain twister that gives Philip K. Dick a run for his existential money. But at the core of Nolan’s film is a troubling idea that won’t go away. (Spoilers!)

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE

American soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / National Guard

10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

Terry Gou
AP / Kin Cheung

10th Suicide Rocks Chinese Company

Although Terry Gou, chairman of the Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn, visited the suicide-plagued branch of his company in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday in an attempt to get to the root of the ongoing tragedy, answers aren’t coming fast enough ... (continued)

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE

The Criminalization of Bullying

Bullying should be taken seriously—by teachers, administrators, parents and, yes, fellow students. I’m doubtful, though, that criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE

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