Raising Awareness: The First Step in Preventing Senior Suicide

Date: May 1st, 2009

Every age group is at risk for suicide, but the most vulnerable group may surprise you. Older adults—particularly white men—experience the highest rate of suicide in the U.S. In 2005, the elderly comprised 12 percent of the population yet accounted for 17 percent of all suicides—more than 7,000 older Americans committed suicide that year. Despite these frightening statistics, seniors remain underserved by prevention and treatment programs and resources. Fortunately a number of groups and organizations are working to bring attention to

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Detecting Depression Before It's Too Late

Date: April 1st, 2004

Spring may be a time of renewal, but it is also the peak suicide season, when the incidence of death rises with the warmer temperatures. Older adults with depression are especially at risk this time of year, yet few will receive medical attention. Psychologists have speculated that depressed, suicidal individuals survive the winter clinging to the hope that spring will rejuvenate their lives. When spring arrives, however, their expectations are dashed as life continues as before and the depression persists. Year

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Mental Illness: Closer to Home Than You Think

Date: July 1st, 2002

"A Beautiful Mind," last year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, took us on an extraordinary journey into the mind of a brilliant man suffering from mental illness. As viewers, we were able to appreciate, admire, and sympathize with John Nash as he struggled to accept his illness. The movie delivered an important lesson…Mental illness can affect anyone and, if left untreated, it can harm both the mind and body. As portrayed in the movie, mental illness in today's society is

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