Friday, January 27, 2023

Play

A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.

Play

Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

Play

"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Suicide Prevention Month Aims to Remove Stigma of Asking for Help

Play

Wednesday, September 7, 2022   

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, highlighting a pressing issue in Arizona and across the country.

Arizona has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Association of Mental Illness calls the event a time to raise awareness of a "stigmatized, and often taboo" topic.

Christina Bickelmann executive director of the National Association of Mental Illness of Southern Arizona, said putting the spotlight on prevention this month will help people better understand the problem.

"It's a myth to think that asking somebody if they are thinking about suicide and if they have a plan that it's going to make them take their life," Bickelmann pointed out. "If they already have a plan, they are thinking about it. And that's what you need to be asking to try to get people to open up and get help."

Suicide is not just a growing issue in Arizona but across the nation. The CDC reported in 2020, Arizona's suicide rate was 17.6 per 100,000 people, with almost 1,400 deaths.

In July, the number 988 was rolled out as a new and shorter suicide-prevention hotline. In Arizona, the hotline routes calls to a 24/7 answering system with access to more than a dozen local assistance programs.

Bickelmann reported the easy-to-remember number has already led to an increase in calls. She also believes it will lead to more people talking about mental health, which in turn could lead to more resources.

"I don't think anybody is providing enough anywhere in the country or the world, to be honest," Bickelmann remarked. "It's always been kind of one of those things that people would rather ignore unless it's personally affecting them."

To prevent suicide, Bickelmann emphasized it is essential for everyone to pay attention to the people in their lives and take note if something seems different.

"In general, people need to be aware of their mental health and their loved ones' mental health and know what the warning signs are," Bickelmann urged. "If they start to see something, they have to ask the tough questions before something tragic happens."

For more information, contact the National Association on Mental Illness at NAMI.org.


get more stories like this via email
New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…


Social Issues

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Social Issues

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …


From February 2020 to November 2021, the number of workers in nursing homes and other care facilities dropped by 410,000 nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals say low pay and a worker shortage have led a dramatic number of nursing homes in rural Iowa to close their doors. They hope …

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals and advocates in Connecticut have said it will take sweeping reforms to bolster the state's flailing public health system…

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

Social Issues

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

Social Issues

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

Social Issues

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021