A cancer diagnosis more than quadruples the risk of suicide, suggests a study published online in Nature Communications. Among people with cancer, white males, those diagnosed at younger ages, and patients with lung cancer, head and neck cancer, testicular cancer, or lymphomas had the highest suicide risk.


NEW YORK—The Youth Support Team (YST) intervention for suicidal adolescents is associated with reduced mortality for up to 14 years, according to a post hoc analysis of the treatment program.

An advisory panel to the FDA has recommended Johnson & Johnson's experimental nasal spray, which has a compound similar to often-abused ketamine, for patients suffering from depression.

Teens and young men in correctional facilities are at increased risk of dying by suicide, but they are otherwise fairly similar to unincarcerated youth who take their own lives, a U.S. study suggests.

A cancer diagnosis more than quadruples the risk of suicide, suggests a study published online in Nature Communications.

Deaths from suicide and unintentional overdose in the United States more than doubled in 17 years—from 41,364 in 2000 to 110,749 in 2017. 



BLOG: On April 12, 2011, I tried to kill myself. I have bipolar II disorder, diagnosed after my suicide attempt. On that day, I had been in a mixed hypomanic/depressed state, forced to face the fact that I’d been doing something that was wrong and seen as bad by others.

BLOG: September 17, 2018 was designated as the first National Physician Suicide Awareness Day in this country. All of us in the mental health community can be grateful for the pioneering and hard work of Dr. Loice Swisher, who took the lead in making this happen.

BLOG: Four women who have been bereaved by the loss of a physician loved one to suicide shared their stories at a  recent workshop. They were gripping, heartfelt, moving and evocative.



Carmela Benson, MS, MSHP; Jennifer H. Lin, PhD; Christopher D. Pericone, PhD; Neeta Tandon, MS; Larry Alphs, MD, PhD


J. John Mann, MD and Charles Raison, MD discuss whether suicide is a result of genetics or an individual’s environment.

Kevin Berthia

See an interview with suicide prevention advocate Kevin Berthia televised on KTVU in the San Francisco, California area. 

J. John Mann, MD, of Columbia University, and Charles Raison, MD, Psych Congress Steering Committee member, discuss which questions clinicians should ask to best evaluate suicide risk.


This session presents findings from location specific studies of suicide to improve risk assessment and ultimate safety of psychiatric inpatients and outpatients.