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Incense burns in the corner of the Nakai family living room -- part of an altar to their daughter Yumi, who committed suicide seven years ago. Yumi was just 12 years old when she took her own life, jumping from a condominium building.

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Korean teens bullied to deathupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 07:21:00

Paula Hancocks talks to the mother of a 13-year-old victim about South Korea's bullied teenager suicides.

SI.com: Andy Staples: Justified or not, Seau's death puts football under question againupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:42:00

I hope football didn't do this.

Austerity drives up suicide rate in debt-ridden Greeceupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 10:00:00

When Apostolos Polyzonis's bank refused to see him last September, the 55-year-old Greek businessman had just 10 euros ($13) in his pocket. Out of work and bankrupt, he thought all he could do with his remaining money was to buy a gas can.

Greek man: Why I set myself on fireupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 10:00:00

Apostolis Polyzonis, who set himself on fire in 2011 to protest Greek austerity measures, explains what drove him to act.

Greeks pay tribute to suicide victim who cited debt crisisupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 15:37:00

Greeks paid tribute Thursday to an elderly man who took his own life in central Athens in an apparent response to the hardship caused by the austerity crisis.

Shock over Greek austerity suicideupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 15:37:00

CNN's Elinda Labropoulou reports that a Greek man apparently killed himself over the country's austerity measures.

Reports: Suicide victim cites Greek austerityupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 04:23:00

An elderly man took his own life near the Greek parliament building in central Athens, police said Wednesday, in what was apparently a protest over the austerity crisis gripping the nation.

'Bully' producer responds to allegations that the doc ignored key informationupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 10:54:00

Critics everywhere have hailed "Bully" as an important, engaging documentary.

Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide lawupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 11:12:00

Georgia's Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the state's assisted suicide law, a decision that results in the dismissal of criminal charges against four members of an assisted suicide network.

Crisis hot line saves suicidal war veteransupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 07:54:00

Suicide continues to plague the American military, with an estimated 18 war veterans in the United States ending their lives each day. One of the last resorts for veterans struggling with the return to civilian life is a suicide-prevention hot line based in upstate New York.

Army still grappling with soldier suicidesupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 20:49:00

New statistics released by the U.S. Army on Friday show that despite years of studies, programs and high-level attention, suicide continues to plague the American military.

Three Marines face courts-martial in hazing caseupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 11:15:00

Three Marines face court-martial proceedings involving the alleged hazing of a Marine who committed suicide in Afghanistan in April.

For two lawmakers, military suicides hit too close to homeupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 21:02:00

For years, the Pentagon and Congress have worried over the problem of military suicides. The House Armed Services Committee held another hearing on this life-and-death issue Friday, but this time, it was more than studies and statistics.

European suicides spiked during economic crisisupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 13:31:00

History shows that the suicide rate tends to rise as the economy falls, but due to a lack of solid data, researchers haven't been able to confirm whether that pattern has held during the most recent economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression.

2009: No letter for suicide familiesupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 13:05:00

2009: White House policy prevents the president from writing condolence letters to military families of suicide victims.

Army suicides at highest level in a yearupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 18:23:00

May was the worst month in a year for suicides and potential suicides in the active-duty Army, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

Japan suicide rates hit 2-year high in Mayupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 06:54:00

The number of suicides in Japan hit a two-year high in the month of May, according to data released Wednesday by the nation's authorities.

Japan's suicide rate for job seekers jumpsupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 06:03:00

The number of people in Japan who killed themselves last year because they couldn't find a job jumped 20%, the National Police Agency reported Thursday.

Suicide rate doubles for Army National Guardupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 17:23:00

The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that the number of suicides rose again last year to almost one a day, despite major efforts to identify and help at-risk soldiers.

How to save a friend from the brinkupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 08:16:00

For five days, Alexis Moore carefully planned how she would take her own life. She's not a violent person, so she knew handguns were out. She settled on vodka instead, to be followed by a bottle of Xanax.

SI.com: The Bonus: Why did Kenny McKinley choose to die?updated: Thu Nov 18 2010 12:35:00

The booming bass bounced off the walls in the Broncos' locker room as the rap song "Chirpin" played in the background. Before one practice in October, Denver receivers traded quips like short routes. It was as if Kenny McKinley was right there with them, cracking jokes and a smile so wide, as one teammate said, "You could see every tooth in his mouth."

Arkansas officials condemn anti-gay comments on Facebookupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 09:21:00

The Arkansas Department of Education has condemned anti-gay comments made by a local school board member and posted on a social networking site.

Whistleblower shocked by anti-gay rantupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 09:21:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to a man who alerted an Arkansas school board about an official's anti-gay Facebook rant.

Bullying victim: 'I believed that I did not deserve to live'updated: Thu Oct 07 2010 16:01:00

For Joey Kemmerling, it was his decision to reveal his sexual orientation that triggered relentless bullying at school.

Reality TV and suicide intertwine once againupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 11:43:00

Which came first, the troubles or the fame?

Army's largest base reeling from four apparent suicides in one weekendupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 10:49:00

Four soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas died over the week. In all four cases, it appears the soldiers, all decorated veterans from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, took their own lives, according to Christopher Haug, a Fort Hood spokesman.

Army reeling from suicidesupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 10:49:00

CNN's Barbara Starr talks about the alarming number of Army suicides at Ft. Hood.

Report: Multiple wars partly to blame for more military suicidesupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 17:52:00

A task force assigned to study why troops kill themselves spelled out what many people have suspected for a long time: that multiple deployments to multiple wars are partly to blame for the sharp increase in military suicides.

June was worst month for Army suicides, statistics showupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 20:09:00

More U.S. soldiers killed themselves last month than in recent Army history, according to Army statistics released Thursday, confounding officials trying to reverse the grim trend.

Can artwork influence suicidal thoughts?updated: Tue Jul 13 2010 12:05:00

The Russian capital's shiny new metro station is called Dostoevskaya, after author Fyodor Dostoevsky. But that's not what's getting the buzz in the international press.

Suicide attempts less likely in men with higher IQsupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 20:21:00

Young men with low IQs are much more likely than their peers to attempt suicide later in life, a new study has found. In fact, men with the lowest IQs are about four times more likely to attempt suicide as those with the highest, and the risk tends to go up as IQ drops.

Drugs that treat epilepsy, depression linked to suicideupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 16:05:00

Some antiseizure drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as depression, chronic pain, migraine, bipolar disorder, and other conditions are associated with a higher risk of suicide and violent death than other drugs in the same class, according to a new study.

Suicide hotline for veteransupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 21:31:00

Over 300 calls a day come into a national suicide hotline for veterans and troops. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

Paper delves into British veterinarians' high suicide riskupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 18:08:00

A researcher published an article Thursday that attempts to explain why veterinarians in Britain appear to be four times as likely as the general public to commit suicide.

Psychologists: Memorials can trigger more suicidesupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 10:23:00

When college students take their lives, as apparently happened recently at Cornell University, the instinctual reaction, to mourn publicly and officially, may be the wrong thing to do, psychologists say.

Army turns 'floodlight' on suicide problemupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 10:57:00

The number of suicides among U.S. soldiers jumped in January following the Army's worst year on record, according to new statistics.

Suicide rate rising in Indiaupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 00:42:00

An increasing number of students in Mumbai are turning to suicide, as CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.

Heart deaths, suicides linked to prostate cancer diagnosisupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 18:32:00

The first few months after a prostate cancer diagnosis may be an especially perilous time for men, but not because of the cancer, new research suggests.

Console families of military suicides, lawmakers urge Obamaupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 14:27:00

President Obama should end a longstanding policy of not writing letters of condolence to families of troops who commit suicide, dozens of lawmakers urged him in a letter Wednesday.

After suicide takes their loved ones, survivors find purposeupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 11:12:00

When Lori Zeller lost her sister to suicide in 1991, she began a life of activism.

Army suicide rateupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 04:52:00

The Pentagon comments on the U.S. Army suicide rate.

Army suicides set another yearly recordupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 04:52:00

Suicides among soldiers this year have topped last year's record-breaking numbers, but Army officials maintain a recent trend downward could mean the service is making headway on its programs designed to reduce the problem, Army officials said Tuesday.

Britain clarifies assisted suicide lawsupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 09:22:00

The director of public prosecutions in Britain issued a new policy on assisted suicide Wednesday, making clear at what point he believes people should face charges if they help a loved one go abroad to die.

Right to die rulingupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 09:22:00

Britain's high court rules in favor of Debbie Purdy in her assisted suicide case. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

McNair taped suicide prevention ad before deathupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 16:22:00

Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair taped a youth suicide prevention public service announcement before he was fatally shot in a murder-suicide, Tennessee health officials said.

New details in McNair murderupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 16:22:00

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell and panel discuss latest in the murder-suicide of NFL's Steve McNair and his girlfriend.

Police call McNair killing a murder-suicideupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 18:32:00

The girlfriend of former NFL star Steve McNair first shot him in his right temple, then fired three more shots at close range, most likely as he slept, police said Wednesday.

Army: Suicide rate among soldiers continues on record paceupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 18:30:00

The suicide rate among U.S. Army soldiers jumped in May -- continuing a four-month upward trend and on a record pace for a second straight year, according to Army statistics released Thursday.

'Tell somebody,' if you're thinking of suicide, says generalupdated: Wed May 27 2009 23:40:00

The 101st Airborne's senior commander in effect ordered his soldiers Wednesday not to commit suicide, a plea that came after 11 suicides since January 1, two of them in the past week.

The cultural contributors to suicide in Asiaupdated: Wed May 27 2009 03:59:00

More than nuclear bomb tests, the suicide of former South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun has stunned the South Korean public. While the news has shocked the nation, perhaps the level of surprise at the method wasn't as great.

Despondent dads driven to kill loved onesupdated: Tue May 19 2009 17:55:00

ln April, a Maryland man wrote six suicide notes expressing his love and sorrow for his family, and then shot his wife and three children, before killing himself with a shotgun.

Murder-suicide in Marylandupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 16:47:00

A man in Middletown, Maryland, kills his whole family, then shoots himself.

Suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure associated with insomniaupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 11:39:00

Listen up, insomniacs! Tossing and turning into the wee hours may be more harmful than you think.

Suicidal behavior may run in familiesupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:54:00

The poet Sylvia Plath, who made a name for herself through prose and poetry that conveyed a sense of depression and suicidal tendencies, famously died by asphyxiating herself in an oven in 1963.

People.com: Poet Sylvia Plath's Son Commits Suicideupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 16:18:00

Said to be battling depression, Nicholas Hughes, 47, killed himself at home in Alaska

Army official: Suicides in January 'terrifying'updated: Thu Feb 05 2009 14:46:00

One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

Army plans new training after record number of suicidesupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 18:39:00

On the same day that it announced record suicides among its soldiers, the U.S. Army said Thursday that it will soon conduct service-wide training to help identify soldiers at risk of suicide.

Do suicides go up when the economy heads south?updated: Wed Jan 14 2009 09:31:00

As Steven L. Good's family tries to make sense of his death, notes of condolence come pouring in.

Q&A: Assisted suicide in Britainupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 01:04:00

British television audiences will be shown an assisted suicide for the first time Wednesday, when a documentary is aired about a man taking his own life at a Swiss clinic.

UK woman loses suicide court challengeupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 09:17:00

A woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis lost her legal bid Wednesday to clarify Britain's laws on assisted suicide.

UK parents may be charged over assisted suicideupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 08:45:00

UK prosecutors may charge the parents of paralyzed rugby player Daniel James with helping their son end his life.

UK debates assisted suicideupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 08:45:00

The death of a rugby player has sparked debate over assisted suicide in Britain. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Study: U.S. suicides rising; risk high in middle ageupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 18:12:00

After a decade-long decrease, U.S. suicide rates have started to rise, largely because of an increase in suicides among middle-aged white men and women.

Paralyzed player opted suicideupdated: Sun Oct 19 2008 05:11:00

The parents of a paralyzed athlete who sought assisted suicide are questioned. ITN's Victoria Macdonald reports.

UK couple defend son's assisted suicide at Swiss clinicupdated: Sun Oct 19 2008 05:11:00

Police have launched an investigation after a young disabled sportsman traveled to Switzerland to commit suicide, UK media report.

Army creates suicide prevention boardupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 10:59:00

The U.S. Army is establishing a suicide prevention board to examine the mental health of its recruiters around the country after the fourth suicide in three years by Houston, Texas-based recruiters, according to Army officials.

Army suicide rate could top nation's this yearupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 07:43:00

The rate of suicides among-active duty soldiers is on pace to surpass both last year's numbers and the rate of suicide in the general U.S. population for the first time since the Vietnam war, according to U.S. Army officials.

Time.com: A Family Suicide Risk in US Asians?updated: Tue Aug 19 2008 14:00:00

The main predictor of suicide attempts among Asian Americans may be family conflict, according to an analysis by University of California, Davis, psychologists

Time.com: 22,000 Vets Call Suicide Hotlineupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 12:00:00

More than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year, and 1,221 suicides have been averted, the government says

Time.com: Suicide Hot Line Used By Veterans updated: Mon Jul 28 2008 06:00:00

More than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year

Army suicides highest in nearly 2 decades, study finds updated: Thu May 29 2008 20:31:00

More U.S. soldiers committed suicide in 2007 than at any time since the first Gulf War, according to an Army study to be released Thursday.

Army suicides increaseupdated: Thu May 29 2008 20:31:00

The U.S. Army says at least 115 soldiers committed suicide in 2007. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.

54 ill as new toxic fume suicide hits Japanupdated: Thu May 22 2008 06:11:00

Fifty-four people were sickened by toxic fumes at a hospital in southern Japan Wednesday when a man vomited after drinking pesticide to commit suicide.

Time.com: Higher Suicide Risk for Smart MDsupdated: Thu May 08 2008 20:00:00

An estimated 300 to 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves each year -- a suicide rate thought to be higher than in the general population

Time.com: Top VA Mental Health Official Under Fireupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 16:40:00

Two Democratic senators on Tuesday called for the chief mental health official of the Veterans Affairs Department to resign, saying he tried to cover up the rising number of veteran suicides

War and suicidesupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 08:34:00

New Army numbers indicate suicides by U.S. soldiers may have hit an all-time high last year. CNN's Jamie Mcintyre reports.

Concern mounts over rising troop suicidesupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 08:34:00

Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.

Kevorkian Case: Kevorkian trial setupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:05:00

Pleading not guilty on all counts, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, assisted suicide and delivery of a controlled substance for the assisted suicide of Thomas Youk and learned he will face trial in early March 1999.

Time.com: CDC: Suicides Among Middle-Aged Spikesupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 10:40:00

The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans has reached its highest point in at least 25 years, a new government report said Thursday

Time.com: Study Shows Spike in Teen Suicidesupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 11:00:00

The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls spiked dramatically in a disturbing shift that federal health officials say they can't fully explain

Vatican cadet 'commits suicide'updated: Mon Sep 03 2007 01:11:00

A cadet in the Vatican police force was found fatally shot in the head early Monday inside the barracks, in what officials said was an apparent suicide over a breakup with a girlfriend.

Time.com: Army Suicides Highest in 26 Yearsupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 09:00:00

Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Suicides up among U.S. soldiers updated: Wed Aug 15 2007 21:44:00

The number of soldiers who committed suicide increased 15 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to an Army report.

UK police find suicide note about terror plotupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 05:31:00

Two men accused of terror attacks in Britain planned to kill themselves in a suicide bombing, sources told CNN Wednesday after police found an apparent suicide note.

U.S. military: Gitmo suicide attempt a ruseupdated: Fri May 19 2006 12:47:00

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner staged a fake suicide attempt to draw U.S. troops into a room where they were attacked by other prisoners, military leaders at the camp told reporters Friday.

CNNMoney: The antidepressants to watch in '06updated: Wed Jan 04 2006 08:30:00

If you're depressed, at least you're not lonely; about 19 million adult Americans suffer from clinical depression, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Fortune: Trouble in Prozacupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 00:01:00

Can Prozac make you want to die? The idea seems strange, given that the drug and similar antidepressants are supposed to do just the opposite. Yet that is what Kimberly Witczak believes happened to...

Parents: Online newsgroup helped daughter commit suicideupdated: Fri Nov 04 2005 12:26:00

Suzanne Gonzales seemed to have everything going for her.

CNNMoney: Paxil increases suicide risk: reportupdated: Mon Aug 22 2005 09:50:00

Paxil, a blockbuster antidepressant from British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, increases the risk of suicide in adults, according to a study by Norwegian researchers

Sheriff: Online suicide pact had sexual overtonesupdated: Sat Feb 12 2005 22:05:00

An Internet suicide pact believed planned by an Oregon man for Valentine's Day had sexual overtones and involved computer users in other countries, Klamath County Sheriff Timothy Evinger said Saturday.

Guantanamo suicide tries called 'coordinated effort'updated: Mon Jan 24 2005 19:30:00

Twenty-three terror suspects tried to kill or harm themselves over nine days in 2003 at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to officials with the U.S. Southern Command.

FSB: Anatomy of a Meltdownupdated: Mon Nov 01 2004 00:01:00

"Those of you who knew Bob knew that if something was worth doing, how did he do it? He did it big, didn't he?" Nods of agreement among the hundreds assembled at a memorial service in Shepherd of t...

Military's use of malaria drug in questionupdated: Thu May 20 2004 22:54:00

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Bill Howell began taking Lariam before going to Iraq in 2003. In March, three weeks after returning home, Howell fatally shot himself in his front yard.

Anger as 'Dr. Death' found hangedupdated: Tue Jan 13 2004 04:02:00

As the body of UK serial killer Harold Shipman, found hanged in his prison cell, was taken away for an autopsy, relatives told of their anger.

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