Suicide Rates Rising

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by almost 25% between 1999 and 2016. North Dakota and Vermont saw the highest increases and Delaware the lowest. Nevada was the outlier with a slight decrease. Rates for both men and women are increasing, and more than…

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Bullied Youth Benefit from Physical Activity

Kids who are bullied experience an adverse impact on their behavior, educational pursuits, and risk for depression. Research has found that increased exercise is associated with decreased frequency of sadness, suicidal thoughts or attempts. Among bullied adolescents, those who exercised 4 or more times per week had a 23% lower chance of suicide or thoughts…

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Suicidal Thoughts Associated with Insominia

Researchers analyzed merged data from 471 people and found a significant increase in the risk of suicide among those who got less sleep. For each one hour increase in sleep duration there was a 72% decrease in the likelihood of moderate/high suicide risk. Apparently sleep mediates a synergy between insomnia, depression, and suicidal thoughts. (This…

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Alcohol and the Top Three Causes of Teenage Death

Drinking alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among persons aged 12–20 years: unintentional injury, homicide and suicide.PositiveTip: Avoid all alcoholic beverages, they adversely affect mental reasoning, a root cause of these three causes of death. 

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Bullying: It is an Important Issue

Schoolyard bullying has been on the rise. Lots of parents talk with great concern about their children being victims. Oddly, as the incidences of bullying have risen, you don't hear many parents sounding concerned that their kids are the bullies. But research shows that getting bullied and being a bully both have mental health consequences.…

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