Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

**Suicide: A Major, Preventable Mental Health Problem

This is another flyer on Suicide.  This flyer is produced by NIMH.  I like the title “Suicide: A major, preventable mental health problem.”  It starts by talking of the significance of suicide, as the third leading cause of death for persons 15-24.  I was curious what are the leading cause of death (accidents) and 2nd leading cause (homicide).  Of note is that almost half of all accidental deaths are vehicle related.
This flyer talks of risk factors (that that might be correlated to suicide but not always, and signs.
Risk Factor: depression or mental disorder, substance abuse disorder, prior attempt, family history of suicide, family violence, physical or sexual, incarceration, exposure to suicide of others.  Signs for suicide: Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself, looking for a way to kill oneself, talking about feeling hopeless or no reason to live, acting anxious or agitated, increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawing, showing rage, displaying extreme moods, talking about being a burden to others.  If these signs describe you, or someone you know, it is good to remember seeking help is a sign of strength.  The national suicide helping can help.  1-800-273-TALK.  They can also be found online at

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