Pacific trade pact seeks to embed American values in Asia to counter China

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The unseen epidemic

In general, the news media has a tendency to pay little attention to suicides unless they are tied to a murder, a celebrity or qualify as unusual in some way. The traditional thinking is that the last thing a newspaper or broadcast outlet wants to do is advertise or glamorize the behavior and thereby inadvertently encourage more people to take their own lives. The problem with this well-intentioned oversight is that it perpetuates a cultural stigma, an unspoken understanding that suicide is a taboo subject. But keeping silent is no way to address what is ultimately a public health issue — a point that advocates recently underscored as part of the recently concluded National Suicide...