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Opioid treatment programs developing suicide prevention plans

Health researchers are finding concrete evidence that overdose and suicide — which are among the top 10 in the United States — are intrinsically related.... Read more»

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Lethal plans: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care

A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.... Read more»

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Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.... Read more»

Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to develop a strategy for reversing the complex problem of suicides among veterans. ... Read more»

Hispanics show immunity from rising U.S. suicide rates

Experts attribute the relatively low suicide rate among Latinos to the culture’s strong family and community support systems, which appear to provide some degree of protection. ... Read more»

Deadly U.S. shootings rise in 2015-16 after steady declines

A two-year Centers for Disease Control study found gun deaths by suicide and homicide surpassed 71,000, an increase reversing a decades-long trend.... Read more»

Middle-age suicides on rise, new CDC report says

High suicide rates have largely been associated with younger populations, but middle age suicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a recent report says.... Read more»

Report: Arizona's drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025

A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem.... Read more»

VA: Treating vets discharged ‘other than honorably’ can cut suicides

A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the VA is taking to address increasing suicides by vets. The agency says 20 veterans in the U.S. take their own lives per day. Of those, only six used VA health care.... Read more»

How tying gun restrictions to mental health has failed

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. ... Read more»

Hundreds of Az prisoners have used razors, drugs in attempted suicides

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona's prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services. ... Read more»

Veterans rally at VA medical center to protest pace of improvements

Veterans rallied Monday outside the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix to protest what they say is a lack of progress in improving care at the hospital despite a visit from President Barack Obama in March.... Read more»

When keeping secrets is your job, getting help a problem for some veterans

Sgt. Daniel Somers’ work in Iraq was classified, so when he returned from the war and sought treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD he balked at a care in a group setting. Afraid he might reveal secrets, he asked for individual care. After two years with no resolution from the VA, Somers took his own life in 2013.... Read more»1

Panel ‘demands’ end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

The rate of suicides among Native American youth is 2.5 times the national average.... Read more»

Gila River teen joins hundreds at White House tribal conference

Darius Jackson wants to make a difference for the people of the Gila River Indian Community – and meeting with the vice president of the United States on Wednesday wasn’t a bad place to start.... Read more»

By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

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