Mental Health


Wed September 10, 2014
Suicide Prevention

As Colorado Makes Headway On Suicide Awareness, More Data Could Help

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 10 to 34 in Colorado.
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Mon August 25, 2014
Mental Health

Colorado's Western Slope Facing Higher Incidences Of Suicide

A Denver police officer and paramedic respond to the scene of where a man reportedly jumped from a parking garage in downtown Denver, Aug. 22, 2013 in an apparent suicide.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Colorado’s suicide rate consistently tops the national average. In 2011, the state had the ninth highest suicide rate in the nation, according to the latest available Centers for Disease Control data. And it’s going up.

The suicide rate in the state has jumped around 19 percent over the past decade, taking the lives of 1,004 Colorado residents in 2013, the state health department reports.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:08 am

Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

It's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue.

The officers spot a call for help on their laptop from a group home across town.

"A male individual put a blanket on fire this morning," Stevens reads from the blotter. "He's arguing ... and is a danger to himself and others. He's off his medications."

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Fri August 1, 2014

Colorado Launches Statewide Mental Health Hotline

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On August 1, the state will flip the switch on a crisis hotline that will offer assistance and support on a wide range of mental health issues — from those feeling suicidal to those who are grieving or stressed.

1-844-493-TALK is a 24/7 hotline will have trained crisis clinicians and peer support specialists. It’s operated by Metro Crisis Services, which scaled up its operations after winning a $2.2 million contract from the state.

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Thu June 19, 2014
NPR News Investigations

National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:52 am

Carson Luke, 13, was injured when he was restrained at a school in Virginia when he was 10 years old.
Sarah Tilotta/NPR

The practice of secluding or restraining children when they get agitated has long been a controversial practice in public schools. Now, new data show that it's more common than previously understood, happening at least 267,000 times in a recent school year.

NPR worked with reporters from the investigative journalism group ProPublica, who compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education to come up with one of the clearest looks at the practice of seclusion and restraint.

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