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Suicide Prevention

Yard Signs Help Warn 4th of July Revelers of Combat Vets' PTSD

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VALRICO -- For Russell Cook, a combat-wounded Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, the barrage on his overloaded senses begins with fireworks explosions in his Valrico neighborhood as the calendar turns to July. "It's hell," says Cook, who laments that July 4th celebrations often don't end for days. "It's like I was back in the wor... more

White House to Let Researchers Study Medical Marijuana for PTSD

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, marijuana is measured in 3.5-gram amounts and placed in cans for packaging at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP

The White House has lifted a major obstacle long standing in the way of studies into the use of pot to treat victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments. The Health and Human Services Department has published in the Federal Register its announcement eliminating Public Health Service reviews of marijuana research projects no... more

VA Conducts Suicide Risk Study

Clinicians are challenged every day to make difficult decisions regarding patients' suicide risk. Using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health system electronic medical record data, Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) scientists were recently able to identify very small groups of individuals within the VHA's... more

Airman Shooting Part of Trend in Military Suicides

Airman 1st Class Marcell Travon Willis. Facebook

Police still can't say why 21-year-old  Marcell Travon Willis walked into a Grand Forks Wal-Mart Supercenter on May 26 and opened fire on employees, killing one and injuring another before turning the gun on himself. The story is one that may be familiar to the people of Grand Forks. Willis, a senior airman stationed at Grand Forks Air Forc... more

Suicide Rates of Female Military Veterans Called 'Staggering'

Sara Leatherman in Iraq in 2006. A back injury forced her to leave the military in 2009. She also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Leatherman was 24 when she hanged herself in her grandmother’s shower in 2010.

New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a findin... more

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