“Suicide Rates Are Rising. What Should We Do About It?” AND more on Best 5 Thursday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Today marks the beginning of FIFA World Cup 2018. I am supporting Spain. What about you guys? Let me know in the comment box!

With that said, lets start with our articles.

1) Suicide Rates Are Rising. What Should We Do About It?

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Yet last year, the National Institutes of Health spent more money researching dietary supplements than it did suicide and suicide prevention. Any other disease that comes close to killing as many Americans as suicide does, like H.I.V. and heart disease, gets marquee recognition as a public health menace and major federal research funding.

As a result, we have seen the rates of death from heart disease and H.I.V. plummet over time. Not so for suicide.

The simple reason suicide has been neglected for so long is stigma. It is a human behavior that terrifies most people. Suicide is wrongly seen as a character or moral flaw — or even a sinful act. It is viewed as something shameful that must be hidden.

2) Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: Trust Your Body — With Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

The Body Positive Movement hopes to eliminate the cycle of dieting and binge-eating that plagues many American Women. But is unconditional body acceptance truly achievable?

3) It’s Time to Stop Blaming Men for Their Mental Health Woes

What are the root causes of men’s mental health woes? Is it male stubbornness and reticence to talk? Or is it a toxic social environment and an unresponsive mental health system?

4) Psychotic Experiences Have Poorer Health-Related Quality of Life

The study researchers conclude that “compared to individuals without psychotic experiences, those with psychotic experiences had considerably higher odds of poor [health-related quality of life] on five indicators covering perceived physical and mental health, stigma, and social network burden… Apart from an association between those with more [psychotic experience] types and increased perceived discrimination, there were no significant associations between other [psychotic experience] metrics and the [health-related quality of life] indicators.”

5) New Insights on the Role of Brain Activity in Depression

For the first time, a study has shown comprehensive evidence for the effect of depression on decline in overall cognitive function. Plus, 2 more findings.

Thank you very much for reading and see you tomorrow for a Poll and another Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,


12 thoughts on ““Suicide Rates Are Rising. What Should We Do About It?” AND more on Best 5 Thursday Reads

  1. Well to start with, I am not following the world cup 🙂 But Yes I am also, Very Concerned about suicide, as the rate is going up, and Mental Health is going to be the biggest Health problem in 2030, according to, “World Health Organisation” Because of all this, my latest articles are about, “Stigma in Mental Health” Although I have done some studying on Health and Mental Health, I am not up to your standard of medical knowledge. So I will only comment on the topics I know. Hope what I write will be useful to some of you 🙂

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    1. Thank you Ms. Deepa for stopping by! I really appreciate it.
      And you are correct to mention that mental health is a big problem already, and its going to get worse unless we seriously solve the looming challenges.

      I am a final year medical student but I am not an expert per say on mental health issues. I strive to learn everyday about mental health in order to share important and interesting stuff with my readers. I hope its of benefit.

      And thank you for writing articles on stigma associated with mental health. Its a very important topic you are discussing.

      Looking forward to your comments on upcoming posts 🙂

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      1. Ah yes. You are very right. We should find ways to use tech in moderation. Excess use of it limits real life face to face interactions, which are essential.


      2. True that. We need to limit usage of tech, great to see that companies are starting to include some kits allowing these things

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  2. For the world cup, I’m supporting my country. Nigeria all the way😃!

    Speaking of Nigeria though, there seems to be a steady rise in the suicide rate and there doesn’t seem to be much being done about it. It doesn’t even make the news enough.

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    1. Hey Ore!

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

      Nigeria had a tough luck with Croatia. Lets see how they play against Iceland. Looking forward to the match.

      Thats unfortunate to hear that suicide rates are increasing in Nigeria. Does Nigeria have a registry which keep track of suicides done every year?


      1. Nigeria did well against Iceland! Let’s see how we do against Argentina 🙏.

        As far as I know, Nigeria does not have a credible data on suicides. Some non profits have data but it doesn’t portray reality sufficiently

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      2. Looking forward to Nigeria Argentina match. The survival of Argentina relies on this match now.

        Data collection is a major issue in developing countries like ours. Without useful and sufficient data, you cannot implement and advocate for meaningful policies.


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