Category Archives: Suicide

November 25, 2016

Researchers have found a troubling new cause of death for middle-aged white Americans

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

White Americans without a college degree are becoming more likely to die in middle age, reversing decades of progress toward better health.

Researchers first noticed this worrisome trend last year. They pointed to increases in opioid abuse, obesity and suicide among the causes of death, but what caused these increases has remained something of a mystery.

This week, a pair of economists have advanced a new theory. They suggest that, for many workers, a major shift in the structure of the U.S. economy may have been fatal.

The researchers, Justin Pierce and Peter Schott, found evidence that trade with China has resulted in greater rates of suicide and poisonings (including fatal drug overdoses) after 2000, when President Clinton and Republican lawmakers allowed a major increase in imports.

Pierce and Schott suggest that as competition with Chinese manufacturing forced U.S. factories to close, many of the Americans who were laid off never got their lives back together. Instead, they fell into depression or addiction. White adults, in particular, suffered from the change in policy.

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February 10, 2016

Black Lives Matter Activist Shoots, Kills Self on Steps of Ohio Statehouse

“Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left.”

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel shot himself Monday on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol pronounced McCarrel dead on the scene and said there were no witnesses to the shooting.

McCarrel was active and public about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He tweeted about attending a MLK Day rally just weeks before committing suicide:

McCarrel’s last tweet foretold his demise:

“We don’t have any evidence to know the reason why he did it,” Cvetan told reporters.

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October 4, 2015

Jim Carrey’s Ex Posted Image of Scientology Depression IV Treatment Weeks Before Suicide

Cathriona White, the former girlfriend of comedian Jim Carrey, shared an image online of her participating in Scientology’s all-natural antidepressant purification process weeks before her suspected suicide.

White was found dead Monday Sept. 28 inside her Sherman Oaks, California home, days after Carrey abruptly ended their relationship.

The 30-year-old industry makeup artist died in close proximity to three drugs that were prescribed to Carrey under an alias, according to TMZ, which also reports it is still unclear which drug(s) killed her.

White was in possession of the sleep aid Ambien, the painkiller Percocet, and the blood pressure drug Propranolol.

White also left behind a suicide note, which police have confirmed referenced her breakup with Carrey.

A photo shared on Instagram by White seven weeks ago shows her taking an intravenous drip of what she identifies as Vitamins B and C, as well as the naturally-occurring antioxidant glutathione, The Daily Mail reports.

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April 15, 2015

It’s society, not biology, that is making men more suicidal

Around thirteen men in the UK will kill themselves today, and the male suicide rate is at a 14-year high. Is it time to accept that society has become dangerously hostile to men, asks Mike Snelle.

“‘It’s all in your head’ has the same appeal as ‘It’s all in the genes’”, wrote Louis Menand in the New Yorker a few years ago. “An explanation for the way things are that does not threaten the way things are. Why should someone feel unhappy or engage in anti-social behaviour when that person is living in the freest and most prosperous nation on earth? It can’t be the system! There must be a flaw in the wiring somewhere.”

I’ve had cause to question my own wiring. Two years ago, I hit crisis point. I stopped answering my phone. I wasn’t eating. I became suicidal. I was diagnosed as Bipolar and prescribed a mixture of mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medication. Reading around the subject, I realised I wasn’t alone. Last week it became clear that more and more men were struggling just as much.

The suicide rate amongst men is at its highest since 2001, and is over three times that of women. The use of anti-depressants has increased fivefold since 1991. Today, around 13 men in the UK will kill themselves (4,858 men killed themselves in 2013, according to the latest figures). Why are men in our society reaching crisis point? What’s going on?

When I was diagnosed, I was told Bipolar is a genetic illness with a biological cause. I harboured the common misconception that ‘genetic’ means inevitable and unchangeable, but after some research I realised that’s not really what ‘genetic’ means.

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April 4, 2015

Ted Nugent Thinks Obama Is Causing Veterans to Commit Suicide (Video)

“Here’s your job, Republican Party,” Nugent said. “20-25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why, and they haven’t told anybody else why, but they told me why: because the Commander-in-Chief is the enemy.”

A widely-cited and frequently questioned statistic states that 22 military veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. And Ted Nugent knows why they do it.

Speaking at the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona this past week, the conservative rocker shared this charming message with the crowd in attendance.

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February 16, 2015

Another American sniper fallen in his prime by Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris pays tribute to Marine who suffered after serving his country.

Stars and Stripes reported in 2014 that roughly 22 veterans take their own life every day. That is a catastrophic tragedy by anyone’s estimation, especially considering that these precious souls once put their lives on the line for all of us. But alas, Washington is finally doing something to prevent America’s best from taking such acts of desperation.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act, was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives at the turn of the year. It was also unanimously passed in the Senate by a vote of 99-0 at the beginning of this month. It was then signed by President Obama last week.

According to the Washington Post, Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt survived a wrist wound from an enemy sniper in Iraq in 2007. After recovering, Hunt went to sniper school and then deployed with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, to Afghanistan in 2008. He fought during the Afghanistan surge and saw many of his fellow marines and other Navy corpsman pay the ultimate price.

After leaving the Marine Corps, he battled deep post-traumatic stress and panic attacks. Nevertheless, he continued to serve as an advocate for other veteran and humanitarian causes in such places as Haiti in 2009 after the devastating earthquake.

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November 19, 2014

Supermodel ‘kills self after joining cult’

‘Blame modeling, maybe drugs, not us.’

On a scorching-hot day in the summer of 2008, just three days before her 21st birthday, supermodel Ruslana Korshunova took a running leap from a Manhattan, New York, building and landed with a thud, bringing her life to an end.

While the New York Police department believes she committed suicide, family and friends of the woman simply could not believe she killed herself.

Now six years later, a new book claims the 20-year-old Russian beauty with sparkling blue eyes and hair down to her waist had joined a “dehumanizing” cult before she died.

In “Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible,” journalist Peter Pomerantsev says the woman took up with the Moscow-based Rose of the World group shortly before her death.

The New York Daily News reports, “Pomerantsev himself joined the Rose and endured a series of dehumanizing training sessions in which life coaches harangued and humiliated the trainees while excoriating each for their life’s woes. For instance, the blame for a rape was placed on a victim who was stridently accused of self-pity.”

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August 21, 2014

What Caused Robin Williams’ Suicide?

Few have mentioned the possible role of prescription drug side effects in Robin Williams’ suicide, until friend Rob Schneider sent a tweet over the weekend blaming the Parkinson’s meds he was taking.

The tragic suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams (shown) has sparked rampant speculation about what made him end his life. His history of substance abuse and addiction is making headlines. Most fingers of blame point to his struggles with depression and bipolar disorder, though Williams never confirmed he was diagnosed with any mental condition. In fact, he denied a diagnosis of clinical depression during an NPR interview in 2006.

Few have mentioned the possible role of prescription drug side effects, until Williams’ friend and former colleague Rob Schneider sent a tweet over the weekend blaming the Parkinson’s meds he was taking. The Daily Mail reports that a spokesman for Williams’ family offered no response to Schneider’s conjecture, but then quoted a “source” as saying:

Robin had recently left rehab. He was on medication for anxiety and depression and had also started taking drugs to combat the early onset of Parkinson’s…. A lot of Robin’s friends are convinced that the cocktail of prescription pills he was on somehow contributed to his mental state deteriorating as quickly as it did. Robin had always suffered from depression and addiction but the diagnosis and treatment of his Parkinson’s was new, as was the combination of drugs he was on.

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April 26, 2014

PBS Documentary: Jonestown (Video)

In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana. The story is told by survivors, Temple defectors, relatives, and journalists.


April 18, 2014

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

“My soldiers have been fighting now for 12, 13 years in hard combat. Hard combat. And anybody that has spent any time in this war has been changed by it. It’s that simple.”

Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of “hard combat.”

The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past two years, said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command.

“And this year, I am afraid, we are on path to break that,” he told a conference in Tampa. “My soldiers have been fighting now for 12, 13 years in hard combat. Hard combat. And anybody that has spent any time in this war has been changed by it. It’s that simple.”

It may take a year or more, he said, to assess the effects of sustained combat on special operations units, whose missions range from strikes on militants such as the 2011 SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to assisting in humanitarian disasters.

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