August 5, 2020 By Ali Vetnar KTAR News https://ktar.com/story/3464092/teen-lifeline-seeing-increase-in-calls-in-arizona-during-virus-pandemic/
PHOENIX — Among the most vulnerable are young people with mental health challenges. Before the pandemic, rates of mental illness had been steadily increasing. As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, service requests for help with mental health have steadily increased in Arizona.
Despite calls for help typically tricking down during summer months, this year was much different.Read More
Aug 31, 2020 By Jamie Landers & Faith Abercrombie Tucson Sentinel http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/083120_genetics_suicide/genes-found-that-can-lead-higher-suicide-risk/
For decades, researchers have looked to human genetics for linkages to mental illness, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Patterns of inheritance are murky, but it is clear that “stuff runs in families,” says Dr. Douglas Gray, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
His 2018 study – published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry – went a step further. It examined four Read More
Aug 26, 2020 By Katharine Hartleb NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/August-2020/How-Early-Intervention-Impacted-My-Life
I remember the first time I experienced the feeling of not being able to get out of bed. Not because I was too tired, but because I was too sad. It was during a time in my life when I was coping with a lot: My parents were getting a divorce, I had been in a car accident and one of my classmates died by suicide. At sixteen, the gravity of these Read More
On August 5th, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, S. 785, bipartisan legislation focused on efforts to reduce veteran suicide and improve mental health outcomes through improved access to care, better diagnostic tools and increased oversight of VA programs.Read More
OCT. 26, 2018
The news spread quickly. Two youths from the local high school had died over the weekend. “They committed suicide” were the words I heard to explain the tragic loss of two young people, who had their entire lives ahead of them.
It is common to hear those two words together—commit and suicide. I cringe when I hear it. They didn’t commit a crime. They died by suicide.
I am a survivor of suicide loss. After my Read More
July 17, 2020 By Jasmine Ramirez KOLD https://www.kold.com/2020/07/17/arizona-doctors-covid-impacts-mental-health-overdose-deaths-rise/
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – COVID-19 is taking a toll on mental health and overdoses are on the rise. Arizona healthcare providers are seeing an increase in people with depression and anxiety in recent months.
“Part of maintaining sobriety and abstaining from substances is a sense of community and with social isolation, that’s just not possible,” said Dr. Rogelio Samorano, the director of Psychiatric Services at El Rio Health.
Family physician Dr. Natasha Read More