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A new heartbreaking report from the journal JAMA Pediatrics has found that teens who are the victims of bullying are 2.5 times more likely to attempt suicide. Cyberbulling was particularly destructive, with young victims having suicidal thoughts at three times the rate of average teens. For their investigation, the researchers examined reports of teen suicide around the world, dating all the way back to 1901, and found a strong correlation between bullying and young people that actually killed themselves. Noting that somewhere between 5% and 8% of teens will attempt suicide every year, leading researcher Mitch van Geel told The Los Angeles Times, “Suicide is one of the most important reasons for adolescent mortality worldwide. Schools should take every effort to reduce and prevent bullying” ... Discuss

 

The organization Rethink Mental Illness has released this preview of an upcoming documentary that looks at the story of Johnny Benjamin, who set out to find the man who saved his life. Years earlier, after Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, he became so distraught, that he went to the Waterloo Bridge in London to take his own life. That day, a stranger named Mike intervened. After a massive online search, Benjamin was finally able to find Mike—and their reunion is truly something special ... Discuss

 

When 18-year-old Jackie Rosas saw a post on Tumblr from a 16 year-old bullying victim (who also frequently blogged about struggling with depression) threatening to commit suicide, she knew she had to do something. The only problem was, she only knew the girl’s first name. Rosas contacted local authorities, and together they looked for clues on the blog to try to find out where she lived, her last name or details that could help locate her.

After eventually finding a picture and piecing together clues about the girl’s school, they contacted authorities thousands of miles away to try to find the teen. When police arrived at the address they eventually identified, they found a 16-year-old girl who had ingested pills in a possible suicide attempt, and were able to immediately get her treatment. Rosas told USA Today, “It happened at random, and it's an amazing feeling knowing you are able to help someone from thousands of miles away" … Discuss

 

Startling new findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that now, more Americans die from committing suicide then are killed in car accidents. While there are numerous contributing factors to the surge in suicide rates in America, a recent study looking at increases in suicide rates found that economic conditions may not be the primary factor. As The Atlantic Wire points out, several of the top 10 states that have seen the biggest spikes in suicide rates have fared relatively well through the economic crisis. Florida, Arizona and Nevada—three states that saw major financial losses during the mortgage crisis, don’t even appear in top 10 list. According to the story, one factor that could play a role in the suicide rates across different states is gun ownership … Discuss

 

Following the death of their 27-year-old son to suicide, Rick and Kay Warren have launched a petition in an effort to raise awareness about mental illness.

Matthew was just one of about 11.4 million American adults that suffered from severe mental illness in the past year. In fact, one in five Americans experiences some sort of mental illness.

Join Kay and I, and the Saddleback Family, in our effort to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness… and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis.

The youngest son of the best-selling author and pastor took his own life on April 5, after a lifelong battle with depression and mental illness. The family is also establishing a mental health foundation in his name … Discuss

 

In a case that is heartbreakingly similar to another high-profile teen suicide in Canada, three teenage boys have been arrested in California after a girl they allegedly sexually assaulted committed suicide. An attorney for the victims family also says that (like in recent teen rape cases in Steubenville and Canada), the attackers shared pictures of the assault via cell phone cameras. Eight days after he assault, which the 15-year-old victim said ruined her life on her Facebook page, she hanged herself. Yesterday, a Canadian Justice Minister vowed to reexamine the case of a teen girl who also hanged herself after she was allegedly raped by four boys who also distributed photos of the attack to classmates … Discuss