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Reeling from suicides, college athletes press NCAA: ‘This is a crisis’

When the first college athlete died by suicide this year, Kate Intile thought of the time her own sport had left her in months of darkness. After she was cut from a storied college running program, “I wasn’t able to find any worth in myself,” she said. “I’ve never felt like less of a human.”

As an elite college cross-country runner, Intile said she had been body-shamed, pushed through injuries and made to feel worthless when her times did not measure up. When she learned in March of the suicide of Katie Meyer, a charismatic goalkeeper who had helped Stanford to a national championship in soccer, Intile feared for her former teammates and other college athletes.

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Study Shows REACH VET Program Effective for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide

Veteran suicide rates have long exceeded those of other U.S. adults. To address this issue, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a suicide risk prediction algorithm to identify Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients with the highest statistical risk for suicide.

Research has shown that among at-risk patients identified by the model, those identified in the top 0.1% tier of predicted risk die by suicide at a rate 30 times that of the overall VHA patient population. 

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Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide, survey finds

Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, according to a survey from the Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis support for LGBTQ youth, published its annual survey this week. The survey found rising rates of suicidal thoughts, as well as significant disparities among trans youth and LGBTQ youth of color.

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Naomi Judd’s death spotlights a national mental health crisis worsened by COVID-19

Millions of Americans struggled with their mental health well before COVID-19, but the pandemic hasn’t made shouldering mental illness any easier – an issue brought to light over the weekend after the death of country music star Naomi Judd. 

Judd was 76 years old and the mother of the country music duo The Judds, performing for decades alongside her daughter Wynonna. On Saturday, Wynonna and her sister Ashley announced their mother had died, “to the disease of mental illness.”  

Judd was among the nearly 52.9 million Americans with a mental illness, a statistic that has only risen since the start of the pandemic.

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