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News by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Suicide Increasing Among American Workers
Nov 15, 2018 - Highlights the findings of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which found that the suicide rate among the US working age population increased 34% during 2000-2016. This new report replaces a retracted report that mistakenly classified farmers, which led to errors in reported suicide numbers and rates by occupational group.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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UMass Amherst Researchers Battle Against Youth Suicide in Rural Alaska Native Communities
Nov 13, 2018 - Highlights a youth suicide prevention program that uses a community mobilization approach in 15 remote Alaska towns. Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) aims to respectfully provide Alaska Native communities with a practical method for translating scientific research into culturally relevant ways to reduce suicide risk factors and increase safety, help-seeking and support. Rural Alaska Native youth suicide rates are up to 18 times higher than all American youth.
Source: News Medical
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How One Colorado Town Is Tackling Suicide Prevention — Starting With The Kids
Oct 23, 2018 - Features a rural Colorado community that responded to a number of teen suicides with suicide prevention efforts in the schools. Eight of the ten states with the highest rates of suicide are in the mountain west, prompting the region to be called "the suicide belt".
Source: NPR
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Panel Studies Ways to Reduce Suicide Among Oklahoma Veterans
Oct 5, 2018 - The Oklahoma Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee met to discuss veteran suicide in Oklahoma. 21% of suicides in the state are veterans. Of Oklahoma veterans who have committed suicide, 80% were diagnosed with depression and 16% were diagnosed with PTSD. One of the issues identified was access related to veterans having to drive long distances for care.
Source: Owasso Reporter
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, which includes both national and state-level data from 2005 to 2016. Although the overall rate of veteran suicide decreased from 2015 to 2016, the rates among 18-34 year olds continues to rise. The rates of suicide are highest among this group.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Death Rates Up for 5 of the 12 Leading Causes of Death
Sep 20, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released an annual report on the health of the nation, Health, United States, 2017. Included in this report is an in-depth special feature on mortality in America, closely examining drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease because they have contributed to life expectancy drops in recent years.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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