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Montana governor signs suicide prevention bill

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill that allocates $1 million for suicide prevention over the next two years.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

Thai husband kills baby, self on Facebook Live

Police in Thailand say a man upset with his wife hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself.


‘13 Reasons Why’ depicts a graphic suicide; experts say there’s a problem with that

The “Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide,” a list of guidelines for media outlets developed by suicide prevention experts and journalists, emphasizes that suicide is usually the result of multiple causes, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Deaths of despair: Millennials turn to drugs, suicide in unforgiving job market

Ryan Johnson was 22 when he succumbed to a heroin addiction that had intensified as the Erie, Pennsylvania, high school graduate grew disillusioned with his future. His mother found him …


After hundreds of suicides off Golden Gate Bridge, new net could save lives

The Golden Gate Bridge is among the most photographed bridges in the world, recognized internationally as a majestic symbol of San Francisco, and the United States. But for decades, and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 12:17 a.m.

Anti-suicide bill moves forward in Montana Legislature

Alarmed by suicide rates persistently among the highest in the nation, Montana lawmakers moved closer Saturday to sending legislation to Gov. Steve Bullock authorizing $1 million to address a crisis …


Prank gone wrong: Boy, 11, hangs himself after fake social media posts

Tysen Benz was at home when he saw social media posts indicating that his 13-year-old girlfriend had committed suicide. The posts were a prank, but the 11-year-old boy apparently believed …


Oregon man, bystander help save a man’s life, police say

Police are calling an Oregon man a hero after he helped distract a man who was attempting suicide while police pulled him to safety.


VA defends work to fix troubled veteran suicide hotline

Grilled by lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs insisted Tuesday it was well on its way to fixing problems with its suicide hotline and largely brushed aside the worst criticisms …


Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ is Netflix’s newest must-see series

Perhaps you’ve heard: High school is treacherous place. Students are ruthless to one another. Hormones are bad-behavior accelerants. And adults? Utterly clueless.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

John Webster: Death rates among uneducated whites on the rise due to ‘despair’

As Republicans tried to repeal coverage for mental health and substance abuse, a Princeton research paper exposed a worsening death rate from suicide and drugs among white, poorly educated Americans.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Woman who fell from Riverfront Park pedestrian bridge committed suicide, medical examiner’s office rules

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled a woman’s death a suicide after her body was pulled from the Spokane River on the evening of March 20.


Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides. This time, there’s a twist: No mention of physicians or suicides.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor on leave as Canadian Army chaplain predicts U.S. will institute draft

War talk dominated the news in Spokane as Americans increasingly assumed that a declaration of war against Germany was inevitable. “Rush War Preparations; Plans For Mobilization,” declared one headline.


Jailed man who attempted suicide dies at hospital

Authorities say a man who was jailed in Hillsboro has died at a hospital after attempting to kill himself.


Butte man found dead after explosion shot himself

An autopsy determined that a 32-year-old Butte man who was found dead after a homemade bomb exploded in his house died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Ohio says condemned man kills himself on death row

A man who had no criminal record before he fatally shot his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row, the state prisons agency said Monday.


Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new …


Leonard Pitts Jr: Tragedy implicates people, not Facebook

The harsh laughter and cold ridicule of “people” – the word is used advisedly – who watched Naika’s suicide suggest that we flatter ourselves when we call ourselves a higher …


Two found dead in Washington identified; suspect shoots self

Authorities identified two people found dead Tuesday at a home near Shelton, Washington, and said the suspect in the case shot and killed himself Wednesday in Pendleton, Oregon, after a …


Report: Girl live streamed suicide in Miami foster home

A 14-year-old girl broadcast her death live from the bathroom of her Miami area foster home as she made a noose from her scarf and attached it to the shower …


Authorities: Victims appear to be part of murder-suicide

Five people, including three children, found dead in a burned home in western Oregon appear to have been part of a murder-suicide, authorities said Friday.


100 years ago in the Spokane County Jail: Doctor orders “mashed potatoes and dough” diet to inmate to prevent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles Cooper, a prisoner in the county jail, broke a safety razor into pieces – and then swallowed it.


Marine Corps withheld suicide investigation results that suggested drug use among Marines

The results of an investigation into the suicide of a Marine that suggested his unit might have a “drug problem” and highlighted a hostile work environment were withheld from the …


Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline expands services

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is expanding its services by adding an additional phone line for people to call in crisis.


Japan authorities raid Dentsu in overwork suicide case

Japanese authorities have raided the country’s top advertising agency Dentsu as part of a criminal investigation into the suicide of a 24-year-old employee due to overwork.


Election stress sending people to Spokane therapists’ couches

This presidential election is unusually stressful for both Democrats and Republicans, according to a survey published by the American Psychological Association. Michelle Estelle, a licensed clinical psychologist, has never seen …


Man with sons in arms dies in leap from bridge; boys survive

A man died after jumping off a highway bridge with his two toddler sons in his arms, yet the boys survived the 100-foot plunge into a wooded area and are …


Death of a woman whose body was found in Spokane River Friday ruled a suicide

The death of a woman who drowned in the Spokane River, and whose body was found early Friday morning, has been a ruled a suicide by the Spokane County Medical …


Spokane-raised Klara Bowman, fired Tacoma teacher, struggled with loss of sister and addiction

Klara Bowman grew up in Spokane and pursued a career as a kindergarten teacher, but she was fired early this year from Larchmont Elementary in Tacoma when she was found …