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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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THIS IS PRICELESS! PLEASE READ THIS SHORT, QUICK SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDE. Click HERE

suicide_speak_reachAs physicians, we are all about trying to save lives. We want our patients to maintain good cholesterol, manage their diabetes and high blood pressure (or eradicate the need for medication through a life style dietary change and exercise), fight cancer with the weapons we have on hand (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc.,)…life is beautiful…and we fight with our patients to help them live the best lives they can…

Therefore, it always saddens our heart, when a life is lost through a patient’s own hands – SUICIDE. Can we find the needle in the haystack and help these patients before it is too late? An algorithm is being developed to do just that – and the U.S. Army is leading the way. Since 2004, the US Army noted a sharp increase in soldiers’ suicide rate, exceeding that of their civilian counterparts.

JAMA Psychiatry published an article in JAN 2015 titled, “Predicting suicides after psychiatric hospitalization in US Army soldiers: the Army Study To Assess Risk and rEsilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).” You may read the abstract HERE  and more about the article HERE  

Take a look around at you – yourself, family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, (including children…especially teenagers) etc., Anyone at risk for suicide? What are the warning signs and why are they important? Take a moment to read the suicide risk assessment guide below.

Say something kind to someone today…give an encouraging word…you never know the difference you may make!

THIS IS PRICELESS! PLEASE READ THIS SHORT, QUICK SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDE. Click HERE or cut and insert this link  https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mentalhealth.va.gov%2Fdocs%2FSuicide_Risk_Assessment_Guide.doc

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)

WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE

FACES OF  BEAUTIFUL SOULS (caution, emotionally wrenching…)

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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There is Dedication and then there is this….??

It is getting really cold outside and I absolutely love it! Growing up in the Caribbean islands there are only 2 seasons – summer and hurricane season…giggles. However, for me, there is nothing like experiencing the 4 seasons…it always brings me wonder and joy! The beauty of autumn, the wonder in a snowflake, the life in spring…and the beautiful long days of summer!

Unfortunately, millions of people are usually depressed, disappointed, or in despair during the holiday season. Either because it reminds them of a loved ones’ death, seemingly having no love  in their lives, being lonely and/or alone, or due to seasonal depression.  Season Affect Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons, usually in the winter. It is often referred to as “The Winter Blues” or “Seasonal Depression”. See video below to learn about treatment approaches for SAD.

SADSmile at someone today, give someone a hug if the opportunity arises (a friend, child, parents, etc.,). As my God-father told me…. “Camille, your smile is a blessing. You just don’t know, but your smile and warmth may be the only genuine greeting someone may see or have that day, or in weeks!”  Hard to believe ugh?! Sad, but you can help make a change…

There are some things that a tweet, text, Instagram or email cannot do (too impersonal). Break the media-only-relationship chain.  Make an effort to reach out to someone today, this month, or for the season. If you cannot be there in person, pick up the phone and give a call. You never know! You may be someone’s sunshine during a gloomy situation!

Sending Hugs and Sunshine your way!

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK!

Did you know that teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen suicide preventOne in 5 teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually, according to data collected by the CDC

Screening programs have proven to be helpful because research has shown that suicidal people show signs of depression or emotional distress. Referrals can be made for treatment, and effective treatment can be employed when signs are observed in time. Intervention efforts for at-risk youth can put them in contact with mental health services that can save their lives.

Suicide is a relatively rare event and it is difficult to accurately predict which persons with these risk factors will ultimately commit suicide. However, there are some possible warning signs such as:

  • Talking About Dying — any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself, or other types of self harm
  • Recent Loss — through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of interest in friends, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
  • Change in Personality — sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
  • Change in Behavior — can’t concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
  • Change in Sleep Patterns — insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
  • Change in Eating Habits — loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Fear of losing control – acting erratically, harming self or others
  • Low self esteem — feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, “everyone would be better off without me”
  • No hope for the future — believing things will never get better; that nothing will ever change

What to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide?  There is help!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) or call: (800) SUICIDE

 

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Teen Suicide Prevention video – click below to watch.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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