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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  • Change in Personality — sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic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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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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I love Robin Williams! Well, as much as anyone can care for and love someone they have never met. His death was a great loss … and to suicide, was a hard pill to swallow for most.  So, I was taken a back when someone said to me,

robin williams“I am tired of hearing about Robin Williams dying! What’s the big deal?”

“Well, he was a talented actor and enriched many people’s lives, on and off the screen.”

“So what? Many people are dying everyday. Why should his death be different?”

“Hhhmmm. Different as in worth, no. But he did make an impact during his life … and well, it is a great loss.”

“To whom?”

“Hmmm”  I see this was going no where. I did not need to defend Robin Williams. His life spoke for itself. Anyone who would take the time to speak with someone in hospice, to honor a “bucket-list” dying wish, is ok in my book. No personal introduction needed.

However, I wonder, how many people are depressed and go by unnoticed because they always seem to have a smile and/or keep occupied with busywork? Do you suspect that you or a love one may be depressed? Suicidal? Please know, there is help! Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Read more about Depression HERE and take the test in the middle of the page OR

Take this DEPRESSIONS SCREENING TEST by clicking HERE . Regardless of what the test may reveal, you should discuss it with your doctor! The urgency is NOW if you or a love one is suicidal! Life is BEAUTIFUL!

Robin Williams was gracious in his life and in his death, he brings attention to a very serious matter that can affect anyone. Give a hug to someone today. You may make a difference … you just never know!

 

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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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