Release of “13 Reasons Why” associated with increase in youth suicide

By Michael Cook The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in April 2017, following the show’s premiere, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The …

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German High Court to Rule on Right to Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith It is an unfortunate feature of the contemporary age that many look at suicide as a human right to be enabled (in some cases, for now) rather than a tragedy to be prevented whenever possible. Now, in Germany, that question is about to be decided by the country’s highest court. From …

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Will Nurses Only Prevent Some Suicides?

By Wesley J. Smith The American Nursing Association has stalwartly supported suicide prevention throughout its history. In 2015, an article in the Association’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing recognized nurses’ vital role in suicide prevention. From “Suicide Assessment and Nursing” (my emphasis): RNs are in a prime position to detect and prevent suicidal behaviors …

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Romanticizing a Suicide ‘for the Earth’

By Wesley J. Smith I was not at all pleased by the way that that New York Times’s annual “The Lives they Lived”–obituaries for notables who passed away in 2018 — depicted the death of David Buckel, a radical environmentalist who killed himself by self-immolation to benefit the earth. From the story: Near the body, …

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Why assisted suicide advocates say suicide isn’t suicide and intentional killing is ‘aid in dying’

By Paul Stark, Communications Associate, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Several states have made it legal, in specified circumstances, for a doctor to prescribe a lethal drug overdose so that a patient can intentionally cause his or her own death. The term for this kind of act is assisted suicide. But Compassion and Choices (C&C), …

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How media helps push us off suicide cliff

By Wesley J. Smith I’ve seen it again and again in my more than twenty years of opposing assisted suicide: the media promote suicide in the guise of reporting the news. Indeed, these days, it is almost a universal rule. Here’s the biased–both by what is reported and what isn’t–usual pattern: 1. Make sure the …

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How Contemporary Society Promotes Elder Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith I have worried and written about the growing normalization of elder-suicide, brought on in part — obviously, that is not the whole problem — by assisted-suicide advocacy and frequent media applause of such deaths among the elderly. That opinion receives a peer-reviewed boost in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. …

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Netflix Draws Condemnation for Announcing Third Season of ‘13 Reasons Why’

By Matt Philbin Editor’s note. The story below appeared at Newsbusters. So why is the show so controversial? “In ‘13 Reasons Why,’ high school student Hannah Baker kills herself and leaves behind cassette tapes describing the events that led to her death, which is shown in graphic detail in the series finale,” Reuters Health reporter …

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Male suicides and abortion-related mental illness are interrelated, research shows

“Most women have no concept that abortion can hurt men” By Dave Andrusko The entire topic of men and abortion is—to state the obvious—underanalysed and underappreciated. But there is hope that we can remedy this collective blindspot. I don’t believe I’ve even seen a more powerful representation of the price men pay when their unborn …

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“Mary Kills People” is a dangerous and irresponsible show

By Nancy Elliott, Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – USA A recent article written by Lindsay Kornick, entitled “Euthanasia Drama Claims Death Can ‘Be a party’” gets it right. It seems that the series “Mary Kills People” is at it again. As she and her accomplice go around killing people, they try to candy coat …

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How media helps push us off suicide cliff

By Wesley J. Smith I’ve seen it again and again in my more than twenty years of opposing assisted suicide: the media promote suicide in the guise of reporting the news. Indeed, these days, it is almost a universal rule. Here’s the biased–both by what is reported and what isn’t–usual pattern: 1. Make sure the …

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