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January 28, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the national average, according to a sweeping survey released three years ago. In a new study released Tuesday, researchers dug deeper into that number, analyzing the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey to examine what puts transgender people at such "exceptionally high" risk. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the risk of attempting suicide was especially severe for transgender or gender nonconforming people who had suffered discrimination or violence, such as being physically or sexually assaulted at work or school.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Metro Red Line service was delayed late Friday when a man jumped in front of a train in what officials called a suicide attempt. A witness at the Hollywood/Western Station said the man was dragged 20 yards but survived. He had a large gash on his head and was taken to a hospital. Train service was delayed more than 30 minutes.   ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego metrodesk@latimes.com      
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NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A significant portion of suicidal people can be identified and referred to mental health specialists in order to help prevent suicide attempts, researchers reported Tuesday. Mental health experts have focused intently on how to lower the nation's suicide rate in all age groups. However, a major obstacle to the efforts has been the lack of a scientifically validated tool to assess suicidal behavior and suicide risk. In a paper published online in the American Journal of Psychiatr y, Columbia University researchers said their tool -- the Columbia Suicide Rating Scale -- can help predict suicidal behavior and suicide attempts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the national average, according to a sweeping survey released three years ago. In a new study released Tuesday, researchers dug deeper into that number, analyzing the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey to examine what puts transgender people at such "exceptionally high" risk. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the risk of attempting suicide was especially severe for transgender or gender nonconforming people who had suffered discrimination or violence, such as being physically or sexually assaulted at work or school.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actor Wentworth Miller, who recently came out publicly as gay in defiance of Russia's new anti-gay laws, revealed Saturday that he attempted suicide more than once as he tried to hide his sexuality. Being in the closet as a youth, "Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail ...," he said, speaking at a Human Rights Commission gala in Seattle, as seen in video posted by TMZ . "And when you failed the test, which was guaranteed, there was a price to pay. Emotional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
In a case involving a discharged Marine from Oceanside, a military court next week will consider the decades-old military statute that makes it a crime to attempt suicide. Lawyers for Lazzaric T. Caldwell will argue it is wrong for the military to punish troops whose mental problems cause them to attempt suicide - particularly in an era when the military is trying to reduce the soaring suicide rate among troops. According to court records, the statute in the Uniform Code of Military Justice was used in World War II to punish troops attempting to avoid duty by faking suicide.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2003 | From Reuters
The Pentagon on Wednesday reported two new suicide attempts by prisoners held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, expressing renewed concern as the total number of suicide tries reached 27. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in the last 10 days, one detainee attempted to kill himself for the first time, while another made a repeat attempt. She said neither man was injured and both received medical and mental evaluations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 26-year-old man suspected of killing six people across the state gouged his arms last week in an attempt to kill himself at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, authorities said. Anh The Duong is in a coma on life support at County-USC Medical Center after slicing two arteries with a home-made "shank," said Det. Christine Carnes of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau. Sheriff's Department records indicate that Duong was transferred to the County-USC jail ward at 5:03 a.m. Sept 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A residential fire Tuesday afternoon was the result of a failed suicide attempt that left a Norwalk woman in critical condition and her two children injured, authorities said Saturday. Arson investigators are still investigating what they described as an intentional fire set by 35-year-old Joanne Santos in a rear bedroom of her house, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department .
NATIONAL
August 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
Four terrorism suspects being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay tried to kill themselves in their cells, a military official said Thursday. One man tried to slash his wrists with a plastic razor, and three others tried to hang themselves with "comfort items" at Camp Delta, the prison in eastern Cuba where 598 men are being held, said Army Lt. Col. Joe Hoey, a detention mission spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A 19-year-old man was listed in critical condition Saturday after authorities say he stabbed himself in the neck then walked onto the 60 Freeway in Pomona and was hit by a car. The 19-year-old man from Goodyear, Ariz., was rushed to Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man was suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound to his neck from a broken glass or bottle when he began walking on the right shoulder of the westbound 60 Freeway west of Third Street about 4:40 p.m., the CHP said.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Yes, selfies have officially become so ubiquitous that "selfie" is Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year . But maybe, just maybe, we're getting a little too comfortable with snapping pictures of ourselves as we go through our day. Case in point: On Tuesday, a woman in New York found occasion for a selfie when she witnessed a man attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the New York Post. The paper took a photo of the selfie in progress, and splashed it on the front page with the headline "SELFIE-ISH!"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actor Wentworth Miller, who recently came out publicly as gay in defiance of Russia's new anti-gay laws, revealed Saturday that he attempted suicide more than once as he tried to hide his sexuality. Being in the closet as a youth, "Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail ...," he said, speaking at a Human Rights Commission gala in Seattle, as seen in video posted by TMZ . "And when you failed the test, which was guaranteed, there was a price to pay. Emotional.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Details are emerging in Paris Jackson's apparent suicide attempt, which kept the pop heiress hospitalized through Thursday. Jackson, the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, reportedly left a suicide note, took a kitchen knife to her arm and downed 20 ibuprofen pills earlier this week, TMZ reported . She is said to have called a suicide hot line as well. The 15-year-old, who was rushed to a hospital early Wednesday morning, is now recovering and is said to be "physically fine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Paris Jackson was hospitalized Wednesday after what some outlets were reporting was a possible suicide attempt. The 15-year-old, the daughter of late pop superstar Michael Jackson, was taken to a hospital after officials from the Los Angeles Country Sheriff's Department and Fire Department responded to an early emergency call Wednesday at the Jacksons' Calabasas compound, LA Now reports . The 911 call came at 1:27 a.m. and the case was...
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
A schoolmate's suicide is associated with thinking about or trying suicide among teenagers, researchers report. There has long been a theory that suicide is "contagious," meaning exposure to it can increase the risk, but there have been few studies that delve into the possibility. In a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal, researchers surveyed thousands of teenagers about the effects of suicide by someone they knew or attended school with. "Adolescents may be particularly susceptible to this contagion effect," wrote researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Canadian universities of Ottawa and Alberta.
NEWS
October 20, 1993 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A survey of some of the nation's highest achieving teen-agers released Tuesday reported that 20% of the female students said they had been sexually assaulted by someone they knew. Of that group, 17% said they had tried to commit suicide. The results, from the Who's Who Among American High School Students 24th annual survey, indicate that top students are not immune from the violence and troubles facing teen-agers in America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 | H.G. REZA and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jeen "Gina" Han, sentenced last week to 26 years to life in prison for conspiring with two teenagers to kill her identical twin sister, was at an Anaheim hospital Tuesday, recovering from what sources said was a suicide attempt after she took an overdose of sleeping pills. A spokeswoman for Western Medical Center-Anaheim confirmed that Han was a patient but said hospital officials could not release any information about her condition, including why and when she was admitted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
In a case involving a discharged Marine from Oceanside, a military court next week will consider the decades-old military statute that makes it a crime to attempt suicide. Lawyers for Lazzaric T. Caldwell will argue it is wrong for the military to punish troops whose mental problems cause them to attempt suicide - particularly in an era when the military is trying to reduce the soaring suicide rate among troops. According to court records, the statute in the Uniform Code of Military Justice was used in World War II to punish troops attempting to avoid duty by faking suicide.
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