New study about suicide attempts

Suicide claims one life every 45 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation.


A clinical trial will look at the neurological structure and function of people who have attempted suicide.
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A new study uses brain imaging to separate those who think about and even attempt suicide from those who don’t .
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among American adolescents, costing the US economy $51 billion each year.
Suicide is a puzzle. Fewer than 10% of people with depression attempt suicide, and about 10% of those who kill themselves were never diagnosed with any mental-health condition.
Suicide is up there with causes of death like bleeding and high blood pressure," said Dr. Richard Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago.
People with suicidal thoughts experience different emotions when they think about some of the test concepts.
 For example, the concept of 'death' evoked more shame and more sadness in the group that thought about suicide. This extra bit of understanding may suggest an avenue to treatment that attempts to change the emotional response to certain concepts.

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Other nations have also begun to focus efforts in their national strategies for suicide prevention on exactly these high risk populations. Norway’s Chain of Care model is highlighted in this report.
 In Denmark, they have identified four areas where reductions in the number of deaths by suicide could have the greatest impact on their suicide rates. Two of those populations, suicide attempters and those discharged from inpatient units, are very much the subject of this paper, and a third, substance abusers, could also benefit from an extension of these continuity of care principles given the high frequency with which those who are both substance abusers and suicidal are seen in emergency departments and inpatient units for detoxification and other needs.
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