Archive for the ‘Suicide’ Category

Michael Myers Is A Softy: 7 Truly Horrifying, Real-Life Halloween Villains

November 4, 2008

Posted at 9:00 AM Oct 29, 2008

By Kevin Smith

As Halloween approaches, we’re constantly reminded of ghouls, witches and zombies. But the worst creatures our imaginations can conjure aren’t fictional. After all, evil is an inherent part of human nature. Think about that strange old man who lives down the hall from you. You keep telling yourself he’s just a kooky lost soul in need of a friend, when in reality he probably just ate a cat last night… and you’re next. Nor are maniacal, murderous impulses reserved purely for the Hitlers and bin Ladens of the world.

True evil seems to emerge when human desire is mixed with power, insanity and wanton disregard of social mores. To be sure though, it has nothing to do with the dead walking the earth to suck our blood or haunt our houses. Vampires hate mirrors, Frankenstein’s monster just wants love and Wolfman’s got nards. The living are way, way scarier then anything that bumps in the night. And here are seven truly terrifying, often overlooked figures from history that make Michael Myers look like he’s merely in need of some behavioral therapy. But if you try use any of these nutjobs as inspiration for a costume idea, don’t say we didn’t warn you about the offended stares and vitriolic epithets. (more…)

Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

October 7, 2008

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2007

(CBS) They are the casualties of wars you don’t often hear about – soldiers who die of self-inflicted wounds. Little is known about the true scope of suicides among those who have served in the military.

But a five-month CBS News investigation discovered data that shows a startling rate of suicide, what some call a hidden epidemic, Chief Investigative Reporter Armen Keteyian reports exclusively. (more…)

More Prescription Drug Deaths Than…

July 27, 2008

More Prescription Drug Deaths Than…

When we talk about addiction, we’re not just talking about alcohol abuse or illicit drug abuse. In a report released in July 2005, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University said that prescription drug abuse is skyrocketing. In the United States there is a startling difference between the death rates caused by prescription drugs and more well known killers of our time… (more…)

Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says

July 16, 2008

By Avram Goldstein

May 5 (Bloomberg) — The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government’s top psychiatric researcher said.

Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven’t provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Washington. (more…)

Life quote

July 16, 2008

“I am what I have been . . .  but can’t be anymore”

Margaret Pabst Battin

Suicide rates around the world

July 6, 2008

Military suicides

May 31, 2008

Military suicide rate

The number of Army suicides increased again last year, amid the most violent year yet in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (more…)