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Category : Patients and Families

What to Do When a Friend or Family Member Is Suicidal

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and adults age 10 to 34. If you are concerned that a friend or family member is considering suicide, how can you help? What are the red flags or early signs that someone might be suicidal?

College Students and Binge Drinking: Facts and Tips

College is an exciting and rewarding experience for many students. For many, alcohol can seem like a fundamental part of the college experience, as it may accompany game-day tailgates, parties or social activities. Since drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions, it can act as an icebreaker during situations that may otherwise feel uncomfortable; however, it is important to recognize the potential dangers of consuming large amounts of alcohol, especially over a short period of time.

Focusing on Preventing Veteran Suicide

Suicide among veterans is a national concern—from 2008 to 2016, more than 6,000 veterans died by suicide each year. Address the problem and preventing suicide is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In September, the VA released national and state-level findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016.

Autism Often Accompanied by Other Conditions

People with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder often have a variety of co-occurring health and mental health conditions, such as gastrointestinal problems and ADHD. More than 95 percent of children with autism have at least one co-occurring disorder or condition, according to a recent study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1) More than half of the children studied (53 percent of 4-year-olds and 69 percent of 8-year-olds had four or more additional conditions.

Can Computer Delivered Treatment Bring Help to More People with Substance Use Disorders?

Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. had a substance use disorder in the past year, according to a recent national survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By age group, this includes about 4 percent of adolescents (12 to 17 years old), 15 percent of young adults (18 to 25) and 6 percent of adults (26 and older). Substance use disorders involve recurrent use of alcohol or other drugs (or both) causing significant impairment and potentially leading to health problems, disability, and problems at work, school or home.