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Stopping Suicide - from The Chronical of Higher Education on 12.2.13

"Last year, New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library was given a poignant adjustment. Built in 1972, the library was designed around a central atrium; visitors moved through the stacks by walking on balconies that looked down on a hypnotic, Escher-like marble floor. It was a triumph of engineering grace, though some people found it uncomfortably vertiginous. That was the worst of it until, in September 2003, a student jumped to his death. A month later, another student did the same. In response, NYU put up plexiglass barriers. Then, in 2009, a student scaled a barrier and jumped from the 10th floor. Now the balconies are lined with gold-hued screens."

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Schools Must Do More About Suicide, Bullying - from Education Week on 8.6.13

"The story is all too familiar: accusations of sexual violence, public shaming, and relentless bullying followed by the tragic end of a young life full of promise. Rehtaeh Parsons, a Nova Scotia teenager, hanged herself in early April more than a year after a photo from her alleged 2011 rape circulated through her high school and community. Just as we did after the suicides of high school students Amanda Todd and Audrie Pott, we find ourselves asking what could have been done differently to prevent Rehtaeh's death at 17. Did she get the help that she needed? Did her family?"

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The Suicide Detective - from the NYTimes.com on 6.13.13

"For reasons that have eluded people forever, many of us seem bent on our own destruction. Recently more human beings have been dying by suicide annually than by murder and warfare combined. Despite the progress made by science, medicine and mental-health care in the 20th century — the sequencing of our genome, the advent of antidepressants, the reconsidering of asylums and lobotomies — nothing has been able to drive down the suicide rate in the general population."

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