Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink. “I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalled. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor. “But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?” She wanted to be dead, she said, glancing down, a wisp of straight brown hair slipping from behind an ear across her thin face. At that point, said Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs — for more than three years. “And doing all these things you don’t want to do that are horrible — you know, selling my body, stealing from my mom, sleeping in my car,” Ohlman said. “How could I not be suicidal?” For this young woman, whose weight had dropped to about 90 pounds, … [Read more...] about How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?
Today’s map of the day details the suicide rates in the United States by county. The data below seems to suggest that there are, more or less, differences in suicide rates depending on which region of the US you live in. How does your state and county compare to the rest of the United States? Check out this map and more at the NCMI website: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/suicide-rates-by-county-in-us/ By National Community Mapping Institute Data Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Advertisements … [Read more...] about Suicide Rates by County in the US
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA By Makda Zewde, NPHR Editor Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  More than 40,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide every year, at a rate which has been increasing steadily since 1999.  Worldwide, this number is close to 800,000 — approximately one person every 40 seconds.  Last November, Facebook released a statement announcing that its pattern recognition software, which aims to detect users with potential suicidal intent, will become available to most of its users worldwide. The artificial intelligence product was initially tested only in the U.S., but after successful testing, the company announced plans to make it available in other countries, with the exception of the EU, which has unique data privacy restrictions.  With more than 2 billion monthly users , the social media platform can have a broad impact on suicide prevention. Its new technology aims to identify the intent of self-harm using data … [Read more...] about Facebook uses AI to help prevent suicide
Getty ImagesScott Dudelson / Getty Images Lauren Wasser, the model who lost both her legs to toxic shock syndrome (TSS), is back: on the runway, coaching basketball, and throwing herself into activism she hopes will change the tampon industry, she tells People.But she's also opening up about the dark times she experienced after her initial amputation back in 2012. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below After a tampon left Lauren in a coma from toxic shock syndrome when she was just 24 years old, she woke up with gangrene in her right leg, and extensive damage to her left. Initially, only the right was amputated."My legs were my everything," Lauren told People. She left the hospital feeling devastated. "As soon as I got back home, it was like reality hit," she recalls. "The identity that I knew was completely stripped of me. I hid, and I hated life, I hated everything. The sun would bother me.""Suicide was definitely my go-to, and I've never been that person," she continued. … [Read more...] about This Model Says She Was Suicidal After Losing Her Leg To Toxic Shock Syndrome
“They had no regrets, no unfinished business,” Sher said, according to Time.“It felt like their time, and it meant so much to know they were together.” Francie had suffered several heart attacks over the years, and her heart had grown weaker as a result. She died first within 15 minutes of receiving the lethal medication. Charlie, who had battled prostate cancer and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012, died an hour later. The couple reportedly held hands up until their final moments, and their eldest daughter and primary caretaker, Jerilyn Marler, said their passing was exactly as they would have wanted it. “That had always been their intention,’’ she said. “If there was a way they could manage their own deaths, they would do it.” According to NBC News, the Emericks were part of The Hemlock Society, which was an assisted suicide advocacy group that existed from 1980 to 2003. When it came time to plan their own … [Read more...] about Couple Married For 66 Years Chose To Die On The Same Day By Legal Suicide