Nevada, United Health, CDC discussed on KDWN Programming


Third leading cause of death for Nevada's fifteen to twenty four years old. It's the second leading cause of death for those aged twenty five to thirty four. And while the CDC says it's the twelfth leading cause for Nevada seniors that demographic is way up according to the United health foundation's just released senior report twenty eighteen approximately thirty two of every one hundred thousand nevadans age sixty five and older commit suicide. That is double the national rate, and Dr Sean thank you for talking to us about such a sad subject. And of course, we are going to let you share some hope you have about all this later in the show. But but for now, I wanna talk about the problem, and I wanna start about this recent reported uptick in senior suicides. I saw that United health says that much of the blame for this growing rate is the growing isolation among our seniors, and that really leads to a lot of other, depression and other mental health problem. Doesn't it? I think that you point out some important things we've got high rates of suicide across a number of age groups, and each one of them has their own independent risk factor for seniors 'isolation is among the top as people grow older and their friends start to die as they become more lonely as they get isolated in their homes without a network of people perhaps that they feel care about them. They they pull into themselves and lose hope, and we lose hope that's a terrible place to be you know, I mentioned that the the CDC report does say that Nevada is the one St. in the whole country that has a decrease in suicide one percents not alive, but it, but it's something I it's not an increase, but we're still seventh in the nation. And I I know that your behavioral health services unit focuses on this and some other health mental problems. So I wondered if you share your thoughts on some top reasons why Nevada suicide rate is so high. Hi, what are you finding among those who studied at your center? I think you're a couple of things I want to make sure that people have you identified the risk factors for people. In those groups isolate finishing one adolescence have another another high risk group, and we have to figure out was he bribing their need to commit suicide. I think the second thing is having adequate mental health infrastructure. So that people who are identify are able to access the kinds of services eight to prevent suicide from happening, whether it's a crisis mode or a longer term or crime basis and the third thing which is really where efforts in the new institute, your focus is screen. How do we do broad based screen to identify those most at risk and thereby helped to get them into treatment when they may not even know they're vulnerable. You know, we're gonna talk about renounced the work three year unique behavioral health services later in the show. But I'd like to let you address what you. You stress on your side, and what you've shared with me. A on some other shows about some other issues, the huge important that you and renown place on tailoring what other health challenge, you guys are trying to meet in this case, mental health, but tailoring mental health help to suit each person's precise need, you always emphasize that there is it's not cookie cutter there. It's not a one size all fits all cooking cutter way of helping someone who's struggling is their people are individuals, and they have different parts of them that drive towards one action or another. It's our responsibility meet them where they are. And for that ability to be independent. They're certainly national norms. There's guidelines pathways and there's evidence based medicine we need to follow. But nothing helps more than making sure you're giving that personal touch holding the hand lending, a smile and being there for people when when they need some of the care about and they can feel. When.

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