Her article breaks the silence over a complex epidemic with no easy solutions.
However, clear information adds hope to understanding and preventing one of the top ten causes of death.
Nationally, suicide rates have risen over 30 percent. It is second leading cause of death for people aged 10, yes, 10 to 34. The rate for women has nearly doubled. Seniors are dying in alarming numbers. According to the
Not all suicides are caused by a mental illness. However, they are tightly linked. A graphic picture of the sheer prevalence of mental illness, including concealed depression, is a packed football stadium. One in five spectators have or will have an illness associated with very high mortality rates but only 40-50 percent who need psychiatric services receive them.
Overwhelmed, underfunded systems of psychiatric services that cannot consistently deliver critical care, including suicide prevention, are a magnet for reform and a compelling directive for bipartisan action.
The 2020 Legislature has an extraordinary opportunity to establish evidence based prevention practices and strategic funding decisions for the rest of the nation to follow. But without clarity we will continue to wobble around unsure of the way forward.
Relevant facts on suicide drive reasoned debate, stabilize differences and create common ground for action. They also break the foggy unity between stigma and mental illnesses.
Reliable information is among
Symons is a long-time advocate for better access to mental health services.
By the numbers
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, contact the local
Appeasing far left
Every effort to discredit our president has failed.
While a disreputable company in the
Apparently Biden's conflicts are acceptable.
Though the administration chose to release details about the private call between Trump and Zelensky in the interest of transparency, the precedent being set undermines the ability to freely discuss options available and reject those that are not feasible. Even during the drafting of the constitution, our founders covered the windows and bound the writers to confidentiality in order to promote open discussion.
We have a soaring economy, strong military, illegal criminals deported, tax reductions, more people employed than ever before, and trade agreements that benefit Americans. Promises made, promises kept. Most polls suggest the electorate is tired of the impeachment narrative and want our government to get on with the work we sent them to do.
This last attempt at pandering to only the farthest left is just another waste of time and money while accomplishing very little.
I'll try to stay calm about a recent writer's "outrage." Maybe
I have outrage also, but mine is more like sorrow. Sorrow that it is hard to respect a president who himself seems to only respect the power of the office and not its responsibilities. Sorrow that a country with a great history has a president that has no knowledge of that basic history. Sorrow that a leader who was elected seems to think the mandate was for a dictator and not for a leader of all. Sorrow that it's hard to respect a bully. Amen.
Duty to act
As elected officials in our government,
The president is not above the law! Our democracy will mean nothing if our senators fail to take this matter seriously and pursue investigation, if not impeachment.
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