Programs target teen suicide, mental health

Kings and Tulare counties have partnered to introduce two mental health training programs to help area high school students increase their knowledge of mental health issues and prevent suicide and other tragedies Hanford Joint Union High School District, Lemoore Union High School District and other local districts are in talks to run the programs, Signs of Suicide (SOS) and RESTATE. The idea originated about two years ago with the Tulare-Kings Suicide Task Force, which approached Read More

Bullied kids more likely to contemplate suicide

Teens who are bullied by their peers are 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who haven’t had any recent harassment, according to a new study. But, that risk jumps to between 3.4 and 4.4 times more likely when the child is sexually assaulted or mistreated by a parent, respectively. Suicide risk increases to six-fold for kids who have experienced seven or more individual types of victimization in the past year, the Read More

Anti-bullying programs take on new significance in wake of recent suicides

The cry coming from inside the locker sounded muffled. "Hello?" But the principal heard. He opened the locker door, and a girl emerged. "I tripped," she explained. She was new at school and too embarrassed to say that a trio of bullies had wedged her inside the locker. Later, when classmates spread mayonnaise on her hair and splashed her with water, she went back to the principal for help. The skit played out in the Read More

Anti-bullying bill is overdue but blessed

By Heather Mallick When a student commits suicide because of bullying, the bully committed a crime. He or she likely won’t be charged. But an innocent was slaughtered, even if the weapon was merely words slicing at the delicate human heart. The victim calls out from beyond for justice. I have the feeling that young Jamie Hubley, the kind, funny Ottawa boy who killed himself in October, would ask only for some kind of retroactive Read More

Kan. student aims to overcome mental illness

By Shaun Hittle LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Caitie Hilton‘s academic transcript at Kansas University, at first glance, doesn’t look very impressive. Multiple withdrawals from classes, entire semesters missed and only two years’ worth of credits despite being at KU for five years since graduating from Lawrence High School. But looked at from another perspective, Hilton’s academic progress is an inspirational story of a local woman who refuses let her mental illness keep her from success. Read More

School Bullying, Violence Against LGBT Youth Linked to Risk of Suicide, HIV Infection

By Science Daily Critical new research has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who experience high levels of school victimization in middle and high school report impaired health and mental health in young adulthood, including depression, suicide attempts that require medical care, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and risk for HIV. This is the first known study to examine the relationship between school victimization during adolescence — specifically related to sexual orientation and Read More

Excessive Pain, Often Suicidal Type

By Cynthia W. Lubow, MS, MFT To continue to discuss the very different types of experience people have with depression, this is one that most people don’t experience, but is important to address, since some do. Suicide is not in this case a tool to get people to do or feel what the suicidal person wants; it’s simply the ultimate way to make unrelenting emotional pain stop. I believe people’s experience of the emotional pain Read More