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A recent study found a high rate of suicidal ideation & a decrease in gender dysphoria in children & teenagers when treated with hormones - Psychiatric Co-Morbidities, Sexual Orientation, and Impact of Therapeutic Interventions in a Gender Non-Conforming Pediatric Practice: The prevalence of psychiatric co-morbidities, suicidal ideation, and self-...


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The numbers are credible The World Health Organisation homepage on Suicide data states: Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. The crude suicide rate for both sexes for the entire world in 2016 was estimated to be — according to the WHO — 10.6 per 100 000 people, which for 7.4 billion people (world ...


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This number seems to come from here: The prevalence of suicide attempts among respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality, is 41 percent, which vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime ...


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Although exact numbers are hard to come by, there is clearly a higher rate of suicides among veterans than the general population and that number exceeds the number of combat deaths in Iraq missions until 2011 and Afghanistan missions from 2001 to the present. This article from the Military Times notes that: in 2014, the latest year available, more than ...


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Foxconn did indeed install "suicide nets". And they worked. It's a well known fact that many people wanting to commit suicide are not thinking straight and can be stopped if anything interferes with their plans. Taking an action that saves lives when it is obvious that this action is opening the company up to attacks by all internet trolls is surely ...


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This story is from the October 25, 1994 issue of the Weekly World News, page 2: The Weekly World News had a reputation for posting outrageous stories made up from whole cloth. While I cannot prove that this particular story is false, I can give you some context to show the level of journalistic standards held by this publication. This same issue also ...


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There is not enough scientific data to prove suicidal behavior in non-human animals. Naturalists have not identified suicide in nonhuman species in field situations, despite intensive study of thousands of animal species. ... Few empirical investigations have been carried out on this topic [1]. Modern naturalistic studies have found little evidence of self-...


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Yes. The Huffington post has a story about it, which cited two Chinese sources (source 1 source 2). The Chinese sources are in Chinese so I can't read them, but it also links to a collection of photos from the accident (might be slightly too graphic for some). The same story is also reported in several other news sites: The Daily Mail China Smack The ...


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Turing's death was ruled a suicide by the official inquest. Several people, including Jack Copeland, have advanced the theory of an accidental death, including a proposed cause, and pointed out details that would point away from suicide. The actual truth remains unclear, and in the face of lengthy and detailed investigations it is unlikely that a bunch of ...


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There does appear to be evidence that raising the subject in certain situations can have a beneficial impact. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140112-is-it-bad-to-talk-about-suicide In an attempt to work out once and for all whether discussing suicidal feelings could make people feel more suicidal, clinical epidemiologist Madelyn Gould conducted her own ...


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I found a more in-depth article on theglobeandmail.com. It takes a critical and researched approach over the issue, which is consistent to the type of answers needed in such cases. Some highlights from the article (in case the link breaks after a while): A new moral panic is working its way across Europe and will no doubt be seized on by North ...


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The claim is not supported by the data nor experts The claim is that "government handouts" are the single largest driver of suicide rates in Alaska. It's unclear what Young is referring to. One large "government handout" particular to Alaska is the Alaska Permanent Fund established in 1976 which started paying out in 1982. If Young's ...


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Yes. Online forums are a trigger for suicide. Any online forum Protecting Teens from the Spread of Suicide Although we don’t usually think of suicide as contagious, one of the strongest predictors of suicide in youth is the suicide or suicide attempt of a friend or family member (Juhnke, Granello, & Haag-Granello, 2011; Mayer, 2013). Teens exposed to ...


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Yes (almost), in 2009 302 US active duty military deaths were due to suicide, and on the same year 149 US soldiers were killed in Iraq. According to a study of war-related deaths published by the Congressional Research Service in there were a total of 1515 active duty military deaths, of them 302 were self inflicted and 346 were as a result of hostile ...


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I could not find any information that Near (also known as byuu) took their life that does not cite the Tweet by Hector Martin. All news sources that I could find in both English and Japanese cited the Tweet as their source. There is no indication that Near is still alive, as their social media accounts have not been active since his supposed death. Null, an ...


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It might not be possible to answer this question. The 1/3 value might be accurate, but it isn't, and can't be, precise. Psychology Today says: Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater than the likelihood of death by suicide among heterosexual youth (Haas et al., ...


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From what I could find it appears to be part urban legend, part social media game, part a teen fad that probably got blown out of proportion by more traditional media. It appears that the game involves filming dangerous stunts that get progressively more dangerous and supposingly end with suicide. The reporting I found however cast a doubt on how many ...


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Suicide: Yes (New York Times, study), but not just millennials: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans... Accidental Drug ...


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According to HYPNOSIS: ETHICS AND RISK MANAGEMENT ISSUES : Focus upon one symptom can result in "symptom substitution". The hypnosis based treatment may appear to eliminate the original problem, while a different problem is substituted. Another woman with a history of panic disorder saw a psychologist for help with her disabling panic attacks. The ...


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2. The new seeds, specifically Monsanto Bt Cotton, routinely does not perform as promised According to Bt Cotton and Farmer Suicides in India - Reviewing the Evidence (referenced in Sancho's answer): Second, we find that Bt cotton technology has been very effective overall in India. However, the context in which Bt cotton was introduced has generated ...


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The Iraq KIA figures are supported by iCasualties.org, though I cannot determine what their sources are. A similar secondary source exists here, which provides data showing that 143 soldiers were killed in Iraq in 2009. The 149 figure is also supported here, though you have to register to see the sources. A good primary resource put together by the CBO ...


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1. Using the new seeds has increased production cost, thus increasing debt That seems to be true. Bt Cotton and Farmer Suicides in India says, Table 9 and Figure 10 show the average effects of Bt cotton, weighted and unweighted, based on the number of plots for these two groups of studies. We find that the differences across average estimates do ...


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3. These factors increase farmer suicide That may be some truth to that; but it's not entirely fair to blame it on "GMO" crops, because: The evidence is that Bt cotton generally (i.e. on average) performs better than non-Bt cotton When and where Bt cotton crops failed, that was not the fault of the Bt trait (it was more caused by inexperience with using it,...


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eight people jumped off buildings in [New York] city between the crash and the end of 1929 Quoting from My grandfather killed himself in the '29 crash', the title referring to a grandfather of Roger Graef. According to the 1970 book A Nation in Torment: The Great American Depression, 1929-1939 Comedian Eddie Cantor evoked guffaws from audiences when he ...


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Yes, correlation between altitude and suicide is corroborated by studies outside the USA. See High altitude remains associated with elevated suicide rates after adjusting for socioeconomic status: a study from South Korea Psychiatry Investigation (2014) vol. 11, pages 492–494. We found that there is a positive correlation between altitude and suicide ...


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The claim that installation of blue streetlights in Japan caused a reduction in suicide rates is unproven by research since experts say there’s no conclusive evidence that blue lights will prevent suicide and the effectiveness of the blue lights in this regard has not yet been proven. The limitation for the study in 2013 showing decrease in suicides is that ...


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