suicide prevention

On this week's Current State - suicide prevention in Michigan; what former MSU dean William Strampel could face during trial; Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana; cooking Kugel; constructing vehicles that drive 1600 miles without stopping for gas; remembering Robert F. Kennedy's impact on Michiganders; and find out where a 1-million square foot pot warehouse is being built in the Great Lakes. 


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In the wake of two celebrity suicides this week, Michigan health care professionals are urging people to be aware of the warning signs. 

 


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Before her brother took his own life, Mary Miller-Strobel said she and her father begged every store in town that sold firearms to turn him away.

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Halloween; Detroit Lions; Jim Caldwell; Eric Hipple; Fighting Against Depression; Suicide Prevention; Trick Or Treat.


If you or someone close to you is contemplating suicide, there are people you can call for non-judgmental help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1.800.273.8255.


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What are the signs of someone thinking about committing suicide and how can we prevent it?  Current State’s Brooke Allen talks with a local woman about her struggle with depression and the area director from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Many of the people arrested in the United States suffer from a mental illness, and research indicates that those released from custody are four times as likely to attempt suicide when compared with those in jail. We talk with Dr. Jennifer Johnson about her research aimed at lowering the post-detention suicide rate.


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The stigma of mental illness can make it difficult for students struggling on college campuses to seek help. But both students and administrators across the country are trying to change that. Current State talks to two of the members of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds at MSU as well as Dr. Victor Schwartz, medical director for the JED Foundation, a national organization focused on campus mental health and suicide prevention. 

In Michigan, there are 191 areas designated as having a mental health care health professional shortage. Only and Texas and California have higher numbers of shortages, and that has devastating consequences. New research from the Child Health Institute found that young people in rural areas are twice as likely to commit suicide than their urban peers. In two northern Michigan counties, state and local officials are trying to hard to improve mental health care access for its rural residents.

MSU study links vitamin D deficiency and suicide

Oct 23, 2014
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An MSU researcher is part of a team that’s been looking at a possible link between Vitamin D deficiency and suicide attempts. The research was published this fall in the journal “Psychoneuroendocrinology.”

Baby boomer suicide rate on the upswing

Aug 7, 2013

Experts in suicide prevention tend to focus their outreach efforts on two segments of the population:  young adults and the elderly.  But shifting data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some professionals reconsidering that approach.

Last month, statistics showed a 60% increase in suicide among women in their early 60’s and a 50% spike among men in their 50’s. The data covers the calendar year 2010.

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The Michigan National Guard is joining the U.S. Army "stand down" suicide prevention effort.