suicide

Suicide is on the rise, especially among young people. Tonic dug deeper than the statistics to find out why.

Final Exit

Rise of the DIY Death Machines

In 1996, Philip Nitschke used a computer to facilitate the first legal euthanasia in history. Today, he is teaching elderly people how to buy Bitcoin, use encrypted messaging, and navigate the dark web to end their lives on their own terms.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.29.18
Twitter

Twitter Updated Its Rules Around Tweeting About Self-Harm and Suicide

More specific guidelines outline what the platform won’t tolerate when it comes to encouraging suicide.
Samantha Cole
2.21.18
screen time

Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression

It's a bleak finding, but other research suggests adolescent hyper-connectedness isn't all bad.
Samantha Cole
11.17.17
mental health

Google Searches About Suicide Increased After Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’

Many mental health experts worried the show glamorized suicide.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.31.17
Countermeasures

The Truth About 'Blue Whale,' an Online Game That Tells Teens to Self Harm

Creepypasta​, media hysteria, and teenage suicide.
Giulia Trincardi
Mattia Salvia
5.22.17
What Remains of Edith Finch

A Video Game That Finally Engages with Death and Succeeds

Facing personal loss and existential terror with a demo for the upcoming What Remains of Edith Finch.
Jess Joho
4.2.17
suicide prevention

Facebook’s New Algorithm Combs Posts to Identify Potentially Suicidal Users

The site needs to strike a delicate balance between privacy and safety, but experts say it’s the right move.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.3.17
Drugs

The FDA Changes Stop-Smoking Drug’s Label to Include Actual Scientific Evidence

Chantix has been under scrutiny ever since a flood of consumer reports claimed the drug had adverse psychiatric effects.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.16.16
News

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Prevent Subway Suicide Attempts

Because humans can’t watch everything at once.
Jordan Pearson
12.15.16
Internet

A Suicide Cult’s Surviving Members Still Maintain Its 90s Website

It's been almost 20 years since the members of Heaven's Gate killed themselves in hopes of entering the Next Level.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.27.16
News

Can Virtual Reality Get Apathetic Canadians to Care About Waterless Communities?

VICE’s new documentary ‘Cut-Off’ aims to find out.
Jordan Pearson
8.18.16
mental health

Farmers Have an Alarmingly High Suicide Rate, and We’ve Known for Decades

Two recent reports add more evidence to the unique mental health stresses that farmers face.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.5.16
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