Category Archives: Mental Health

Hindu guru claims homosexuality can be ‘cured’ by yoga

The world’s most popular Hindu guru, Swami “Baba” Ramdev, has claimed homosexuality can be “cured” by yoga in a petition to India’s Supreme Court. Continue reading

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What Parents and Teachers should Know about Suicide in Adolescents (Part 2)

By Dr. Shahul Ameen, M.D. (Article continued from Part I) What can be done to help someone who may be suicidal?: 1. Take it seriously. Myth: “The people who talk about it don’t do it.” Studies have found that more … Continue reading

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What Parents and Teachers should Know about Suicide in Adolescents (Part 1)

Suicide is one of the commonest causes of death among young people. The latest mean worldwide annual rates of suicide per 100,000 are 0.5 for females and 0.9 for males among 5-14-year-olds, and 12.0 for females and 14.2 for males among 15-24-year-olds. Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among children aged 5-14 years, and the third leading cause of death among all those 15-24 years old. In most countries, males outnumber females in youth suicide statistics. There are far more suicidal attempts and gestures than actual completed suicides. One epidemiological study estimated that there were 23 suicidal gestures and attempts for every completed suicide. Though female teens are much more likely to attempt suicide than males, male teens are more likely to actually kill themselves. Continue reading

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