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Nevada. And now from Washington DC. Here's Joyce, and good data on merrily Joyce. This is I on Washington Felix statewide news programs produced in Washington DC every week I on Washington street to Capitol Hill for discussion with Nevada's delegation and other leaders out the federal matters that 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's 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 June. 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 the Vada, youth, and Nevada. Elderly will learn why these two groups might be particularly vulnerable will 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 suicide rate has jumped to number five in the nation, that is the highest level since the late nineteen ninety s so Dr Dixon other prevention advocates are urging Nevada medical professionals to get out front in recognizing suicidal, tendencies impatience, and hopefully getting them the help they need before they end their life. Lives. Doctor vixen session address, nearly one hundred doctors and others and health care on several hypothetical situations. They may encounter when dealing with suicidal individuals as well as discussions around possible outcomes, and practices. Now, miss Shannon first of all, welcomed island, Washington. You know, we we've covered suicide as I told you when we were preparing for today, we've covered it many times from many angles on my program, but the rates among Nevada youth, and elderly are so troublesome than 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 wanna 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 regulate increase education on how to spot the signs and 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 going to get to later and to really addressing the group to the, you know, the health care leaders themselves, your, 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, the medical another health. Professionals. Absolutely. Absolutely want me know that we can save lives, their education, and that's working with, you know, educating healthcare professionals mental healthcare professionals, as well as physical health often those are the people that are, are dealing with these individuals, and maybe have kind of gotten clues from them out and be followed up on. Yeah. We believe that it's key that, for instance, let's say you go to your primary care physician as many of us do. And if you were to go into your primary care physician for routine exhibit, let's say you are exhibiting, some signs, or maybe there is some kind of survey can take while you're in there that would give your primary care physician a 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 intake early interventions and provide adequate care. We know that we can save lives. Absolutely. You know, I saw quote from Dr Dixon saying that interventions by mental health prevent profession. Are very important. But that many suicidal individuals never see therapist. And that's why people like her, and you I know stress 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 every 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 have a meaningful conversation with someone worried about and know what 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 twenty fifteen. They're the most recent from the American Association of suicide. Allergy Nevada had six. 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. Unfortunately, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only leading cause of death. That is 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.