By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In Kentucky, one person dies by suicide about every 11 hours, making it the 11th leading cause of death overall, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Efforts to increase suicide prevention and awareness often include "Out of the Darkness" community walks -- and those are still happening -- but the Louisville Health Advisory Board is adding something new this year called "Bold Moves Against Suicide Louisville," which will offer suicide prevention training in more than 85 locations between Sept. 9 and 15, which is National Suicide Prevention Week. Dr. Val Slayton, a member of the advisory board's behavioral health committee, told Lisa Gillespie of Louisville's WFPL that the training is part of the committee’s effort to bring suicides in the city down to zero. Gillespie reports that there were 584 deaths by suicide in Jefferson County from 2011 through 2015; during that … [Read more...] about Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 9-15; officials and journalists are paying more attention to this growing cause of death in Ky.
Risk factors and warning signs of suicide
Just days after fashion icon Kate Spade died by suicide, celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain, host of the CNN travel show "Parts Unknown," was found dead in his hotel room in France at the age of 61. CNN confirmed the death, calling it a suicide. These high-profile deaths come the same week the CDC reported suicide rates in the U.S. have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999. In light of such disturbing news, many are left wondering, "What's going on?" "A lot of very smart people are looking at this and saying it's multifactorial. We don't really understand why there's such an increase," CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning." "One of the things we keep coming back to when these surprising events happen is you never know what is in somebody's head," he said. Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide. But it's important to remember there isn't just one cause. The CDC report found that other … [Read more...] about The warning signs of suicide – and how to get help
NEW YORK CITY -- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline website offers important information about risk factors and warning signs, as well as resources to help those in need.If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Related phone numbers and information are available at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. … [Read more...] about National Suicide Prevention information: Get help here
K-12 Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Fahmida Azim for NPR Fahmida Azim for NPR School officials have issued warnings to parents ahead of the second season of the Netflix drama "13 Reasons Why," which premieres this week. The first season, which centered on the suicide of a high school student, triggered cautions from the National Association of School Psychologists. This season features further suicide attempts, sexual assault and a school shooting. Netflix has responded to concerns by adding PSA-style messages filmed by the cast and putting up a web site with links to resources. NPR Ed Facts About Teens, Suicide And '13 Reasons Why' The national attention comes at a time when, new research suggests, one in five teens may have considered suicide. And school leaders are starting to recognize that they have a lifesaving role to play. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. And experts argue it's more than just an … [Read more...] about As ’13 Reasons Why’ Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide
Working-age Americans in 21 states faced a higher probability of premature death from 1990 to 2016, according to the most extensive state-by-state US health study ever conducted. The likelihood of early death for men and women age 20 to 55 is highest in West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama. In contrast, same-age residents of Minnesota, California, New York, and several northeastern states have a lower probability of premature mortality. "We are seeing dangerous disparities among states," said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, whose organization coordinated the study. "Unless and until leaders of our health care system work together to mitigate risks, such as tobacco, alcohol, and diet, more Americans will die prematurely, and in many cases, unnecessarily." The study, published today in JAMA, covers 1990 to 2016; it is part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, a comprehensive effort to … [Read more...] about Warning signs: New US health study reveals ‘dangerous disparities’ among states