suicides http://www.kplu.org en Why George Bailey’s Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier http://www.kplu.org/post/why-george-bailey-s-suicide-attempt-statistical-outlier <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.</span></p><p>Many people believe the gloomy weather this time of year increases the suicide rate. But it turns out that’s just not true.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 12007 at http://www.kplu.org Why George Bailey’s Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier Cats might threaten your mental health http://www.kplu.org/post/cats-might-threaten-your-mental-health There's fresh evidence that cats can be a threat to your mental health.<p>To be fair, it's not kitties themselves that are the problem, but a parasite they carry called <em><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/faqs.html">Toxoplasma gondii</a>.</em><p>A study of more than 45,000 Danish women found that those infected with this feline parasite were 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than women who weren't infected.<p>That's not a huge increase, but it's probably too big to have been caused by chance, says <a href="http://medschool.umaryland.edu/facultyresearchprofil Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:57:30 +0000 Jon Hamilton 5475 at http://www.kplu.org Cats might threaten your mental health 50 Joint Base Lewis-McChord suicides since 2002 http://www.kplu.org/post/50-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-suicides-2002 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955164.mp3</p><p>Fifty soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord have killed themselves since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some committed suicide on-base, others off and still others while deployed overseas.&nbsp; Leaders at JBLM say they&rsquo;ve dramatically stepped up efforts to combat suicide. But they admit it&rsquo;s not easy to change Army culture.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:23:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 903 at http://www.kplu.org 50 Joint Base Lewis-McChord suicides since 2002 Family faults Army in case of AWOL soldier killed by police http://www.kplu.org/post/family-faults-army-case-awol-soldier-killed-police <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955170.mp3</p><p>It was a surreal scene last August 27th in downtown Salt Lake City. A soldier - AWOL from his base in Western Washington - emerged from an underground parking lot. He was dressed head-to-toe in combat gear and carrying a rifle.</p><p>Seconds later the soldier was dead. Now, an internal Army investigation has found shortcomings in how the case was handled. The family of Specialist Brandon Barrett blames the Army for not intervening sooner.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 04:56:59 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 905 at http://www.kplu.org Family faults Army in case of AWOL soldier killed by police King County Jail Suicides Up http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-jail-suicides <p><span class="article-content"><span><b>Three inmates have committed suicide</b> in the King County jail in the past few weeks. The latest was a 33 year old man who died at Harborview Medical Center. The robbery suspect was found hanging in his cell on September 20.<br /> <br /> The King County Correctional Facility has been cited in the past for failing to prevent suicide.<br /> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 23:59:41 +0000 Paula Wissel 46 at http://www.kplu.org King County Jail Suicides Up