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Suicide Prevention

Military Children Are More Likely to Have History of Suicide Attempts

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California high school students who have a parent in the military are far more likely than those from civilian families to have recently attempted suicide, according to a new study. The findings are based on a survey of ninth and 11th graders at 261 schools across the state. The data were collected in 2012 and 2013. Of 2,409 students with a pa... more

Study Offers Hope in Preventing Soldier Suicides

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A groundbreaking Pentagon study of soldiers who were at high risk of killing themselves shows that intense behavior therapy substantially reduced suicide attempts, a development that experts called a dramatic breakthrough. The two-year study of 152 active-duty soldiers who either had attempted suicide or were found at high risk of it did better... more

Obama Signs Suicide Prevention Bill Named for Marine Veteran

Richard Selke and Susan Selke, left, the parents of Clay Hunt, smile at President Obama as he signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act Thursday that will provide $22 million to help boost programs that look to reduce the veteran suicide rate that has climbed to 22 veterans each day. The suicide prevention legislation is named for a former Marine who died by suicide in 2011 after losing his ba... more

Vet Groups: More Suicide Prevention Tools Needed after Clay Hunt Bill

Clay Hunt (Photo: IAVA)

Veterans' advocates said the Senate's passage of the Clay Hunt Veteran Suicide bill will not end their push for improving mental health services for veterans. VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said the bill, which is awaiting the signature of President Obama, "does strengthen and expand the mental health programs and services currently avai... more

Senate Passes Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Bill

Clay Hunt (Photo: IAVA)

The Senate unanimously passed veterans legislation on Tuesday intended to reduce the veteran suicide rate, which averages to about 22 veterans per day. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act bill now goes onto the White House for President Obama's signature. The measure is named for a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghan... more

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