Tag Archives: mental health

Keep Your Cool

The mercury isn't the only thing rising as a heat wave grips our area. When the air sizzles, tempers flare, depression smolders, and suicide risks spike. Studies have linked sudden increases in temperature to rising numbers of emergency department visits for behavioral health concerns and to a jump in suicides. Furthermore, studies have found a…
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Suicide Safer Communities

We all have a role in suicide prevention. We can monitor our own wellness and seek help. We can recognize when others are in distress and provide varying levels of support. We can remove access to lethal means. We can promote healthy choices. We can educate ourselves on mental health challenges, helpful things to do,…
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Enhancing Higher Education

Earlier this week, I got to go back to college. Well, just for two days and as an instructor. (A different kind of experience.) Nicole Gore, Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, joined me and RACSB Prevention Specialists Sherry Thompson and Sherry Norton-Williams, to teach two concurrent sessions…
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Back to School

As area kids head back to school, some will carry more than notebooks and No. 2 pencils. About 20 percent of children have a mental illness--or will have one in the near future. And even for students without a mental illness, the start of a new school year can bring emotions too big to handle. …
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