Nevada, Washington, American Association Of Suicide discussed on KDWN Programming

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The opinions of the host Saad, Katie WN are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of this station, its management, or Beasley Media Group. From the nation's capital, I on Washington with merrily. Joyce a weekly discussion about the federal issues most important to Nevada and now from Washington DC. Here's Joyce Joyce. This is I on Washington state wide, Nevada news programs produced in Washington D C every week. I on Washington straight to Capitol Hill for discussion with Nevada's delegation and other leaders at the federal matter matter to you today's topic why Nevada's you in Nevada's elderly or stopping suicide statistics, and what can be done to reverse this irreversible decision. My special guest today is miss Ellen. Shannon of the American Foundation for suicide prevention, thanks so much for being here today on this topic. Thank you so much for having me. So here's the good news last in the centers for disease control released. A report that Nevada is the only state in the nation where suicide is down. But be that as it may the state does rank fifth in the nation and for two age groups things. Remain, especially troubling. And today on Washington, we're going to look at suicide rates among Nevada and Nevada elderly will learn why these two groups might be particularly vulnerable. We'll find out what to do if you think your loved one is contemplating ending his or her life, and we'll ask my guess, what needs to be done on the hill and in the state to turn things around. Now last winter, Dr Leslie Dixon, the head of the Nevada psychiatric association led a presentation for doctors and other medical personnel called suicide prevention how to save a life. The seminar was very timely. The Las Vegas business press reported last February that Nevada's suicide rate has jumped to number five in the nation that is the highest level since the late nineteen ninety s so doctrine, Dixon, and other prevention advocates are urging in Nevada medical professionals that get out front and recognizing suicidal tendencies in patients, and hopefully getting them the help they need before they and their. Lives. Doctor Acheson session addressed nearly one hundred doctors and others in healthcare on several hypothetical situations, they may encounter when dealing with suicidal individuals as well as discussions around possible outcomes and practices, miss, Shannon. First of all welcomed, I on Washington. We've covered suicide as I told you when we were preparing for today's. So we've covered at many times from many angles on my program, but the rates among Nevada's youth and elderly are so troublesome that I thought it was important that we address this again and to have you on to talk about this. So we'll get to those groups what's being done. And then what needs to be done later. But I do want to look at the growing focus on doctors to notice and hopefully prevent suicide. That is good news for you. I know that it it really part of your reach out, isn't it with your group? Absolutely. In fact, the American Foundation for suicide prevention has initiative call. Project twenty twenty-five and with that we've identified some of the key ways in which we believe that. If we focus our attention, we can reduce the suicide rates in the United States and beyond the fastest in the shortest amount of time. And one of those ways is actually to work with emergency systems and healthcare professionals in order to increase regularly increase education on how to spot the signs in their patients. But also to give them adequate follow up care to make sure that if they are showing signs that they don't fall through the cracks of the system that we get them continued support, Dr Dixon seminar was really timely, especially regarding the two groups we're gonna get to later and to really addressing the group to the, you know, the health care leaders themselves. Your mission statement says that you focus on evaluating and disseminating accurate information about suicidal behaviors to the public. And certainly that includes those kind of at the front line on this, which are the medical and other health. Professionals for absolutely absolutely we want. We know that we can save lives their education, and that's working with educating healthcare professionals mental healthcare professionals as well as physical health. Option. Those are the people that are are dealing with these individuals, and maybe have kind of gotten clues from them out to be followed up on. Yeah. We believe that it's key that for instance, let's say you go to your primary care physician many of us do and if you were to go into your primary care physician for a routine exhibit. Let's say you are exhibiting some signs or maybe there is some kind of survey you can take while you're in there that would give your primary care physician clue about your mental condition. And so if we can start identifying during routine health checkups because let's face it. This is a health condition just like any other. So we can identify that early and take early interventions and provide adequate care we know that we can save lives. Absolutely. You know, I saw a quote from Dr Dixon saying that interventions by mental health prevent professionals are very important, but that many suicidal individuals never see a therapist. And that's why people like her, and you I know stressed the importance of. All people who interact with a suicidal person knowing how to help right? It's not just those medical professionals. We're talking about but. Average. Joe I know how to recognize this and help we at the American Foundation for suicide prevention, we're trying to create a culture that is smart about mental health, and that's from everything about teaching everyday people like you and me how to spot the signs who's it increased risk for suicide. What can we do to reach out and having a conversation with someone worried about and no went resources are available in our community to help those struggling, and you know, it's more and more important. We're we're almost at a time in this this segment, but I I wanted to touch on these horrible statistics that really led to me doing another show on this. These are from two thousand fifteen they're the most recent from the American Association of suicide allergy Nevada had six hundred fifty suicides just under two a day in two thousand fifteen and that is Nevada's highest rate since nineteen ninety seven. This is a horrible situation. That's not going away or getting that much better. Unfortunately, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of death. It is still on the rise. Hope we know it is preventable. And there are steps that we can take. And we're going to we're going to.

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