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Promoting health through the life course

Homophobic bullying drops at UK schools but suicides bids 'alarming' - study

Stonewall`s 2017 School Report questioned over 3,700 LGBT students and found one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual students have attempted suicide and two in five transgender pupils have tried to take their own lives. Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said the group`s third School Report showed progress had been made, with 45 percent of LGBT pupils reporting bullying compared to 65 percent in 2007 and 55 percent in 2012. But she said suicide and self-harming remained too frequent - and one in 10 transgender students had received death threats

June 27, 2017

Exclusive: Pupils risking their lives as mental health services collapse

The Times Educational Supplement relates the story that some British youngsters are so desperate for mental health support in a system which has almost totally collapsed, that they are going through the motions of suicide to qualify for help

June 2, 2017
Times Educational Supplement, Independent

Non communicable diseases

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults suffer from mental illness

Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation`s behavioural ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. Despite the growing number of Americans with mental health problems, about a third of those who need help aren`t getting it, said SAMHSA researcher Dr. Beth Han

June 13, 2017

Se han duplicado las cifras de depresion en Mexico

Mexico saw the number of people suffering from depression or trying to commit suicide jump from 2.2 cases per 100,000 people to 4.7 cases between the years 1990 and 2012, according to WHO statistics. The group of people most at risk were young people between the ages of 15 and 29. Many were women of reproductive age and another major group were older adults. The way society looks at depression is partly to blame, asking sufferers to snap out of it, or make a bigger effort, instead of helping them to overcome the situation with treatment and advice

May 9, 2017

Will my medical expenses get paid if I become suicidal?

The African press looks at the state of medical insurance with regard to mental health services and reveals that expenses for treatment run out swiftly and many are put off by the mounting costs, leading to many in acute need of support being at extra risk of self-harm or suicide

April 20, 2017
Bhekisisa.org, AllAfrica.com

South India's scorching drought forces farmers into debt bondage

One of the worst droughts in decades across south India is forcing tens of thousands of farmers and labourers to take out loans to survive, pushing them into debt bondage and increasing the risk that they may be exploited, activists warn. Then there follows on from this that there is a chance of not managing to cope, leading to a higher risk of suicide

April 18, 2017

People's review calls for independent inquiry into 'overwhelmed' mental health system

A review into mental healthcare in New Zealand has found that the system is at such a breaking point that a full-scale independent inquiry is needed

April 16, 2017
TV New Zealand

Heart attacks, suicides kill more CRPF than Naxal operations

Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF troops, over 24 times more, than have operations and ambushes in Naxal violence hit areas over the last two years. Five CRPF men were killed in 2015, 31 in 2016 and thirteen so far this year in the three left-wing extremist affected states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

Inconsistent healthcare across India with gaps due to stigma and service holes

According to the National Mental Health Survey, conducted by NIMHANS Bangalore, it was reported that despite three out of four people experiencing severe mental disorders, there are huge gaps in treatment. This has been reported due to the stigma associated with mental disorders and nearly 80% of those with mental disorders had not received any treatment despite being ill for over 12 months

April 11, 2017
Daily O

Scandinavia's Sami struggle with suicide, worsened by climate change

Scandinavia’s Sami, an arctic indigenous population, are struggling with high suicide rates but the impact of global warming is worsening the problem. The traditional way of life herding reindeer is under pressure as rising temperatures threaten the size of the herds and cause financial woes

April 7, 2017

Promoting mental well-being ensures sustainable development

A mentally healthy citizen is able to study, form relationships and engage in work that contributes towards the economic growth of the community and nation. The direct consequence of this is poverty reduction. Poverty is linked to worse health outcomes so a more virtuous circle begins 

April 1, 2017
Star Kenya

What is Mental Healthcare Bill?

The Indian parliament passed a Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalizes suicide attempts by mentally ill people and provides services for people with mental illnesses

March 28, 2017
Indian Express, India.com
March 27, 2017
Hindustan Times

Physicians rank high in suicide cases, experts lament

Physicians in Nigeria have been known to rank high in suicide cases. Most doctors are stressed and depressed because of workload and poor remuneration, family expectation and friends. Many are going through a lot but they hardly have time to attend to their own health and often simply continue to just about manage until they reach breaking point

March 25, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

‘Deaths of Despair’ Are Surging Among the White Working Class

Researchers who sounded the alarm on increasing white working class mortality blamed the trend on economic upheaval that has created a web of social issues so tightly interwoven than even successful policies would take years to unsnarl them. Mortality and morbidity rates began climbing in the late 1990s for less educated whites between 45 and 54. That came as progress against heart disease and cancer slowed and drug overdoses, suicide and alcoholism – so-called deaths of despair – became pervasive

March 23, 2017
Bloomberg, Vox

Steady Fall in Suicides Offers Glimmer of Hope in Japan

Fewer Japanese people are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world’s highest suicide rates. The number of cases in 2016, 21,897, is the lowest number since 1994

March 23, 2017

Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to tackle suicides

Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users. It plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live and its Messenger service

March 1, 2017

Communicable diseases

Japan's Bid to Stop 'Death by Overwork' Seen Falling Short

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe promised to change the way Japan works, including cutting the notoriously long hours that can lead to illness and death (karoshi). A plan expected to become law does not go far enough, according to economists. Work issues were a contributing factor in more than 2,000 suicides in 2015, according to a labour ministry white paper. Currently, overtime limits can be waived by mutual consent between employer and worker

April 13, 2017