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Fighting A War Against An Invisible Enemy, Soldiers Battle PTSD

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Desperation, depression — and an overwhelming feeling of desertion — are the dangerous components that have contributed to the rising tide of suicide and mental health problems in the military. Just this week it was announced that for the sixth year in a row, suicide among members of the armed forces is on the rise. Mental health has been a growing problem in the military, as waves of soldiers continue to return from Afghanistan and Iraq in much worse shape than they left. New statistics reveal that for the second year in a row, more soldiers have killed themselves than been killed in active duty. July 2012 was the worst month for military suicides to date, with 39 self-inflicted deaths reported. That’s up from 24 the month before. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among soldiers.

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Doctors Must Inform Women Of Nonexistent Abortion-Suicide Link, Court Rules

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  • Doctors in South Dakota must inform women of a nonexistent link between having an abortion and a risk of suicide, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling pertains to a 2005 law that will require doctors to tell a woman before her abortion that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” and inform her of the “statistically significant risk factors” such as the “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.” Except that risk doesn’t exist. I believe that is called a “lie.” [Wall Street JournalRaw Story]
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Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Dead In Heart Wrenching Suicide

Sad news out of Nashville today: Bob Welch, former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, was found dead today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 65. 

Welch, who was apparently suffering from unspecified health issues as of late, was a signficant and influential talent, one whose contribution to music as we know it often goes unrecognized. Which of course makes his suicide all the more heartbreaking. Particularly looking back at some of the comments Welch made about his relationship with Fleetwood Mac.  Read more …

Model Commits Suicide After Internet Trolls Attack

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Bullying: it’s not just for kids. Claudia Boerner, 32, British model from a competitive cooking TV show, committed suicide recently, apparently because she being viciously attacked by Internet trolls. Trolls trashed Claudia’s appearance, ridiculed her “fake boobs,” and accused her of being an attention-seeking show-off on “The Perfect Dinner,” a cooking competition that airs in Germany.  A message on show’s website said they were shocked by her death and said Claudia Boerner “struck us as a friendly, open-minded young woman.”

It just goes to show all of us that no matter how someone presents herself or himself to the world, there is more going on underneath. You never know how a person may take your hurtful words. And, yes, writing nasty comments about people on the Internet — even absolute strangers — is bullying.  [Daily Mail UK]

Yep, Courtney Love Is Definitely Mad At Kurt Cobain

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“Mad? Ya think?! If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d f**king kill him. I’d f**k him, and then I’d kill him.”

Courtney Love kind of went off when a Vanity Fair writer asked her if she was angry at husband Kurt Cobain for committing suicide. Honestly, Courtney is probably going to get a lot of crap for this quote, but I don’t blame her for being pissed. The issues that drive people to take their own life — depression, illness, etc. — are complicated and hard to grasp and for that reason, I really loathe it when people write suicide off as simply “selfish.” However, the impact suicide has on the surviving family members and loved ones is also complicated and hard to grasp and for that reason I hope Courtney is cut a break for her comments.

In the article, Love also discusses her complicated (is anything not complicated with this woman?) relationship with estranged daughter Frances Bean. Check out more, after the jump… Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Bravo To Air Russell Armstrong Suicide Prevention Special

  • Bravo is planning to air a Russell Armstrong suicide prevention special including cast members of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” although notably not his estranged wife Taylor Armstrong. Do we think this is an appropriate response from the channel? [ETonline]
  • The actress Daryl Hannah was arrested outside the White House this afternoon while protesting against an oil pipeline. [NBC]
  • Prince Harry, dripping wet. You don’t have to ask me twice. [TMZ]
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