US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is...

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place fo...

Coronavirus pandemic fuels sharp increase in Japanese suicide rate

This year, Japan's news headlines have been increasingly dominated by celebrity suicides: On May 23, it was the death of professional wrestler and reality TV star Hana Kimura, 22, and in July, TV ...

GOP's Supreme Court push may box in Cory Gardner

DENVER (AP) — Six years ago, Colorado Democrats failed to convince enough voters to reject Cory Gardner's bid for the U.S. Senate. Their warnings that the Republican could, someday, be the confirming ...

As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — If there were any signs that Staff Sgt. Jason Lowe was struggling, the soldiers he served alongside didn’t see them. The 27-year-old paratrooper was a top pe...

Nearly 25% of Taiwanese experience insomnia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nearly a quarter of Taiwanese have trouble falling asleep at night, according to a survey conducted by the National Suicide Prevention Center (NSPC) in July. The survey...

Taipei college student falls to his death

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A male student suffered a fatal fall from a classroom window at China University of Science and Technology (CUST) in Taipei Tuesday morning (Sept. 15). At 9:23 a.m. on ...

South Korea's soaring suicide, self-harm rates pinned on pandemic

Government statistics show that the number of people in South Korea who deliberately harmed themselves in the first half of 2020 soared nearly 36% on the same period last year. A record 595,724 people...

South Carolina's lieutenant governor contracts COVID-19

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, but is recovering in isolation with her family at home, officials said. Evette had ...

Pandemic slows 2nd year of bank shooting survivor's crusade

CINCINNATI (AP) — While Whitney Austin has made impressive gains in her recovery from 12 close-range gunshots, progress in the former bank executive’s new life’s mission has been slowed by the pandemi...

Oregon man rides from Canada to Mexico for suicide awareness

Doug Peterson remembers coming home from work and walking around to the back yard, drawn there by the joyful sound of teenage laughter, and finding that his son's friends had set up the family trampol...

Feds propose consent decree to ensure care at Virginia jail

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department proposed Wednesday that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree requiring officials to improve medical treatment for inmates, marking one of the first tim...

Trump welcomes 'The Walking Marine' to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed a Marine veteran to the White House as he completed his 300-mile walk to the nation's capital to raise awareness about the problem of vetera...

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which...

AP source: Feds feared Epstein confidante might kill herself

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal officials were so worried Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and sheets ...