Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. in 2017, claiming more than 47,000 lives, according to the CDC.
Understanding trends and factors that impact suicide rates can help clinicians and public health officials address suicide in America as a whole and in smaller, local communities.
To mark National Suicide Prevention Month this September, Healio Psychiatry has compiled articles featuring the latest research relevant to mental health professionals treating patients with suicidality.
Age-adjusted suicide rate drops by a third globally
Between 1990 and 2016, the total number of deaths from suicide increased by 6.7% globally; however, the age-standardized mortality rate for suicide dropped by 32.7%, according to a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Read more.
President Trump issues national call to action to end veteran suicide
In March, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to establish a Cabinet-level task force focused on empowering veterans and preventing veteran suicide. Read more.
Suicidal ideation can occur despite antidepressant use in major depression
About one in five patients with major depressive disorder experienced high or fluctuating suicidal ideation despite receiving antidepressant treatment for 12 weeks, according to results published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Read more.
VA, DoD update guidelines for patients at risk for suicide
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense updated their clinical practice guidelines for screening, evaluation, treatment and management of patients at risk for suicide. Read more.
Ketamine improves suicidal ideation in veterans with PTSD, MDD
Veterans with PTSD and major depressive disorder saw significant improvement in suicidal ideation after receiving IV infusions of ketamine over a 12-day period, according to a poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference. Read more.
Improved access to mental health care crucial to affect overdose, suicide rates
Poor access to mental health services is fueling overdose and suicide epidemics in the United States, according to APA president-elect Bruce J. Schwartz, MD. Read more.
Youth suicide rates increase in the month after ‘13 Reasons Why’ release
There was a significant increase in suicide rates among U.S. children and adolescents in the month after the first season release of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” findings from a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry showed. Read more.