Being a teen is hard — but being a teen with really bad acne is positively suicidal, at least according to a new Norwegian study. Teens with bad skin are two times as likely to have suicidal thoughts, say researchers from the University of Oslo. The study examined the psychological habits of Norwegian teens. Fourteen percent of teens reported having “a lot” of acne, and of those, 25 percent said they had suicidal thoughts, compared to 11 percent of the overall teen population. Bad acne was also linked to a lower attachment to friends, and teens with acne tended to have fewer boyfriends and girlfriends, and do worse in school.
But — before you pull out the hanky in despair — it might actually be teens’ acne meds that are making them suicidal. A drug found in several anti-acne medication, Isotretinoin, has been linked to depression, suicide, and suicidal thoughts. So, basically, you’re damned if you have bad acne, and you’re damned if you try to do something about it. [CNN] Keep reading »
In May of this year, I wrote about promising, young LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, who was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada, the day she was supposed to leave for a tournament in Alabama. The circumstances surrounding her death were a mystery, but now it has officially been ruled a suicide by suffocation. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Hess, a friend of the 25-year-old who called 911 upon finding her body, was arrested by police and will likely be charged with obstruction of justice because police say he removed pills and a suicide note from her home before authorities arrived. Keep reading »
“I didn’t have any fight in me. I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted out. At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with – all of it, all of that s**t … I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle of pills.”
– Fantasia Barrino tells VH1′s “Behind the Music” that her overdose earlier this month was not accidental and that she was trying to take her own life. So sad — I hope she gets the help she needs. Fantasia’s episode “Behind the Music” will air tomorrow night, the same day that her new album, Back to Me, is released. [People] Keep reading »
More bad news out of the Middle East: Fresh off Time magazine’s cover story on the state of Afghanistan (with accompanying extremely disturbing cover photo), a new report from Afghanistan’s Health Minister found that more than 23,000 women and girls attempted suicide there last year — a “several-fold” increase on previous years.
Around 48 percent of Aghanistan’s 23.6 million people are women — so that means around .2 percent of the country’s female population has attempted suicide. Compare that with the U.S. — where 2005 statistics found that 6,730 women committed suicide — or .004 percent — and you’ll see how shocking that really is. (Attempted suicide statistics are unavailable but most reports say there is one death for every 12 to 25 attempts.)
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Ryan McGinely directed this fashion video for the South Korean brand Lewitt in which model Abbey Lee Kershaw plays the part of a woman who kills herself by throwing herself off a building. Three times. In different outfits. So, you know, it’s like a suicidal fashion show. How … creative. Frockwriter depressingly reports, “it’s worth noting that South Korea has the highest female suicide rate in the OECD,” and adds, “The country’s most high profile modeling export, Daul Kim, committed suicide eight months ago (although not by jumping), part of an alarming new trend of model suicides – most of them by jumping.” Yeah, so, models and suicide. So glamorous. Or, you know, not glamorous at all. [Frockwriter] Keep reading »
Thanks to reader ACooper’s suggestion, we now have a new feature called “Dear Wendy Updates,” in which people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Worried,” a high school student whose boyfriend’s mother had just committed suicide when she wrote to me for advice. While the subject was tragic, this was one of my most gratifying “Dear Wendy” experiences because of the way the community here rallied and showed its support for “Worried.” One reader who had once been in a similar situation even asked me to pass along her email to “Worried,” which I did and she was then able to provide further advice and support. “Worried” has been on my mind since I first heard from her, so I was really happy to learn she and her boyfriend are doing OK. Check out her update after the jump. Keep reading »
Will some explain to me how Tila Tequila has fans anymore after her antics over the past year? Well, apparently people do still care. Over the weekend, Tila wrote on her website that one of her supposed multiple personalities had smashed everything in her room and sliced up her arm with glass. She posted images of a bloody arm, along with these words:
“People don’t believe I have multiple personalities but this morning the last thing I remember was falling asleep cuz I was so tired. I blacked out and now that I just woke up from excruciating pains all over my body, there was blood and dope everywhere! She is evil! She single handedly smashed and broke EVERYTHING in my bedroom! … There’s even chunks of meet coming out of my arm from the deep slits from her slicing up my arm from all the broken glass! This is so f***** up.”
Many of her readers were concerned and called 911. Of course, when they got there, Tila was completely fine. Keep reading »
Stephen Clancy Hill, the porn star charged with killing one colleague and injuring two others, committed suicide after an 8-hour police standoff on Saturday. He had been at large since the incident last Tuesday, after fleeing from the scene with the weapon that looked like a samurai sword. This weekend, a SWAT team located Hill and cornered him on the top of a small cliff. The team brought in negotiators in an attempt to coax him away from the edge and into police custody. Officials and onlookers said that the suspect was clutching a sword and continually told police that he was going to kill himself. He eventually scooted off the ledge, falling over 50 feet. News cameras were present and captured the fatal fall. Negotiators said they did what the could to try to take Hill into custody, and that his death was an unfortunate end to the case. Some believe that the fall could have been accidental, but based on Hill’s earlier remarks, police seem to believe that it was suicide. [Newser] Keep reading »
French supermodel Noemie Lenoir, who has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Gap, among others, is recovering in a hospital after being found unconscious in a forest as a result of a failed suicide attempt on Sunday. She apparently consumed a deadly combination of pills and alcohol while staying at ex-boyfriend Claude Makelele’s home in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, on the outskirts of Paris. Lenoir called an ambulance for herself, reporting that she “felt very ill,” but then canceled emergency services. She then went for a walk in the forest that surrounds Makelele’s mansion. A passerby discovered her unconscious body a few hours after her initial call for help. A source says Lenoir was in a state of distress and was visibly ill after being revived. She is being treated for an overdose and is recovering well in a hospital.
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