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The Importance of Gun Safety to Reduce Suicide

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The suicide rate among youth has been going up. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers, surpassing homicides, which dropped to third. There are theories about why there has been such an increase in youth suicides (social media, cyberbullying, increased isolation), but no solid conclusions. Nonetheless, there are a number of steps that caregivers ca ..

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Addressing the Increased Risk of Suicide Amongst LGBT Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), are at significantly greater risk of attempting suicide than non-LGBT youth. Increased bullying by peers, parental rejection and societal stigma all contribute to this greater risk. The results from the 2014-2015 Youth Risk Beha ..

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
(https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24. The suicide rate among older teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015, according to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we’re sharing information and resourc ..

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Talking to Your Child about "13 Reasons Why"

Beth Hess - Friday, May 19, 2017
The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is raising concerns among educators, behavioral health providers, parents/caregivers and others. 13 Reasons Whyis a Netflix TV series about a fictional 17-year old named Hannah Baker, a troubled and bullied high school student, who takes her own life. Throughout the show, there are a series of audiotapes that describe the 13 reasons why Hanna ..

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Download the Suicide Prevention Smart Phone App

Beth Hess - Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Grassroots Crisis Intervention have launched a smartphone app for Maryland residents. The “There is Hope” app provides fast and easy access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention support. The app provides the next steps to someone at risk of taking their life, or for those concerned about family members or ..

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