Buddha, a Girl, and a Cow

Japan became infamous for the large numbers of people committing suicide. According to a source, over 30,000 people have committed suicide every year for more than 10 years. The peak occurred in 2004 with 38,000 suicides, the highest number ever recorded. In 2010, the number showed a slight decrease at 31,560, while the number in […]

How to Kill Depression Before It Kills You

Depression kills. Sadly, these people did not live to tell of its horrors – 16,467, aged between 45 and 85 +, almost half of the total deaths by suicide, across all ages, in the US in 2014, making it the country's 10th leading cause of deaths . The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention believes the […]

The Suicide of Chef Francois Vatel

Francois Vatel (1631 – 1671) – one of the most celebrated culinary masters in chef coats in history – was Maitre d’hotel at Chateau de Chantilly for the extravagant banquet hosted by Conde Louis in honor of King Louis XIV, the Sun King, on April 24, 1671. The King had arrived the previous evening and […]

Give Me Accutane or Give Me Death: The Politics of Prescriptions

Any teenager will tell you that acne can drive you crazy, but is it dismal enough to drive you to kill yourself? Since its market debut in 1982, enraged parents and lawyers have implicated Accutane in the hospitalizations and suicide deaths of over 200 teenagers in the US. Accutane (isotretinoin) is one of Hoffman-LaRoche’s most […]

Preventing Targeted School Shootings – Tips for Educators & Parents

As we approach the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, it is still apparent that our nation’s schools are still in desperate need of formal threat assessment programs to help predict – and thereby prevent- targeted school violence. The first step in implementing your school’s (or district’s) program is to develop a formal threat assessment policy. […]

I Knew S/he Was Crazy! Telltale Signs of Depression and Suicide in the African American Community

As a research scientist, I am asked what The Telltale Signs of Depression and Suicide are and befuddled, I say the usual, “search the web”! Since, I deal with diverse populations, many of the top search engines, especially health websites, are NOT always people of color’s “BFF’s”. When explaining to diverse groups about the symptoms […]

Facts About Teen Suicide – Causes of Teenage Suicide

Adolescence is never an easy time for any teenager. Not only do they have to deal with all the changes taking place in the body, they also have to deal with certain external pressures. Sometimes, the situation at home can be bad and teenagers can end up feeling that they have nothing to live for. […]

Soldiers Suicides, American Vs Indian Statistics

Sometimes I read about suicides by Indian Army soldiers posted at the frontier divisions in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, North East etc. Everytime it happens the media creates a big hue and cry about the lack of will, strength and rampant depression among the ranks of Indian Army. The media takes the role of a […]