TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is urging more state action to address mental health issues and prevent suicides after two Parkland high school shooting survivors...
Purdue Fort Wayne to lead new suicide prevention efforts
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University Fort Wayne has won a $130,000 state contract to boost Indiana's suicide prevention and intervention initiatives.
Renewed focus on suicide prevention in Florida
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools is holding the district's first Bullying and Suicide Prevention Summit.
The district says in a statement that Thursday's summit is an...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would require suicide prevention training for public school personnel.
State officials report rise in Nevada youth suicides
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The suicide rate among Nevada youth has spiked, with more than two dozen children and teens taking their lives last year, state officials said.
Senate votes on school safety, mental health bills
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a batch of bills addressing safety and mental health in schools.
Vos sets up suicide prevention task force
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is forming a task force to work on suicide prevention.
Vos announced the task force Wednesday. He said in a news release that he has appointed...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to...
Tennessee governor proposes $15M more for mental health
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing an additional $15 million-plus for three initiatives that focus on mental health treatment and suicide prevention.
The Latest: Prison system: Suicide spike ongoing concern
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on inmate suicides (all times local):
The Alabama Department of Corrections says a recent spike in inmate suicides is an ongoing concern and the department is working on a solution.
The prison system issued a statement Friday responding to criticisms from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said he is focused on solving this problem.
University of South Dakota group works on suicide prevention
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — As a University of South Dakota freshman, Erik Muckey was asked to help college students dealing with depression and suicide.
Muckey's involvement started in 2010 at the request of fellow USD freshman Dennis "D.J." Smith, who was affected by the issue.
U of Nebraska-Lincoln using grant for anti-suicide efforts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is using a $300,000 federal grant to strengthen campus mental health services and suicide prevention programming.
University officials say the Big Red Resilience and Well-being program will lead the effort, providing specialized training sessions this spring. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will develop and implement an evaluation plan for the overall initiative.
Survivors, moms get tattoos for suicide prevention
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — People wearing hats and coats huddled and chatted, sending condensation from their breath and words into the air.
The small crowd was waiting for Taku Tattoo to open its doors at 10 a.m. and begin scheduling appointments for a suicide prevention tattoo special. For Friday, Nov. 30, business card-sized tattoos were $50 with half of the proceeds going toward Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition.
"The response has been incredible," said shop manager Amy Ridle.
UW receives national campus suicide prevention grant
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is among 19 colleges and universities in the nation that have been awarded grant money to address suicide prevention on campus.
UW's Lifesavers Initiative suicide prevention program received nearly $306,000 in grant money over a three-year period. The grant was awarded through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Idaho suicide prevention group shutting down in March
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The parent organization of an Idaho suicide prevention organization will shut down in March but nine local chapters spread around the state will continue operating under different names.
Jeni Griffin is executive director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network. She tells the Idaho State Journal that it's difficult raising donations and she didn't want to compete with local chapters.
Family hopes suicide-prevention fence over gorge will help
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — The family of a man who killed himself by jumping from a Vermont bridge hopes a temporary fence being built on the bridge will prevent more suicides.
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Construction of suicide prevention fence over gorge to start
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — The construction of a temporary fence meant to prevent suicides at a Vermont bridge over a deep gorge is due to begin.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation says construction of the fence on the Quechee Gorge bridge will begin Monday.
During day-time construction traffic over the U.S. Route 4 bridge over the Ottauquechee River will be restricted to one lane.
NY state to host candle lighting for suicide prevention
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is hosting a candle lighting ceremony near the state Capitol to highlight suicide awareness and prevention efforts.
During Thursday evening's event, dubbed "Lights of Hope," floating lights will be placed into the reflecting pool to raise awareness about suicide, its impact, and efforts to destigmatize mental illness and help struggling individuals.
Gov. Sununu emphasizes prevention as suicide rates climb
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says the state needs to be proactive to respond to the growing rate of suicide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates in New Hampshire have been rising faster than most other states in recent years. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the Republican governor spoke in Concord Monday with suicide prevention advocates.
Several events scheduled for suicide prevention week
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention has announced that several events are scheduled around the state for National Suicide Prevention week.
The weeklong series of events begin Sunday and run through Sept. 15.
They range from a Light the Way Walk and Motorcycle Run in Taunton; to a World Suicide Prevention Day Twitter chat; and Ribbon Remembrances in Barnstable and Nantucket.
Suicide prevention program to get $2M in federal funding
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's congressional delegation says a suicide prevention program is getting $2 million in federal funding.
Members of the delegation plan to visit Richmond, Rhode Island on Monday to announce the funding for South County Health's Zero Suicide in Washington County program.
They will be joined by the state health director and medical providers.
Wisconsin family determined to shine light on depression
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Green Bay family is shining a light on depression after losing a relative, who was a community leader and suffered from depression.
Jim Rivett took his own life on Aug. 23. Now his family is determined to raise awareness and help others cope, WLUK-TV reported.
Kansas superintendents work together to address teen suicide
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas superintendents are working together to fight teen suicide.
Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill school districts in Johnson County have announced plans to work together on the issue, The Kansas City Star reported . The districts plan to meet monthly and will consult mental health providers, parents, religious leaders and local businesses.
Suicide rate reaches all-time high in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of suicides in South Dakota increased to an all-time high last year, while calls to a suicide prevention help line have also climbed dramatically, according to state officials.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is the latest state to require public colleges to do more to prevent suicides.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a measure into law this month that requires public colleges and universities to establish a plan for promptly addressing students' mental health needs. The new law discourages relying solely on off-campus services.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says 11 states now have a law addressing suicide prevention in higher education.
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Navy veteran and hockey player launch PTSD group
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A retired ice hockey professional and a U.S. Navy veteran are teaming up with Suicide Prevention Network to launch a new support group for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clint Malarchuk and Aaron Rasavage of Gardnerville both suffer from PTSD and wanted others suffering to know they are not alone.
"We both still struggle with it so we wanted to broadcast it like 'hey, you don't have to do this alone,'" said Rasavage.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A task force's report on making New Hampshire schools safer includes a strong focus on mental health, though one advocacy group says the suggestions don't go far enough.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company's late founder.
To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line , a free, 24-hour confidential text message service for people in crisis.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are working to prevent more suicides after a national report showed an alarming jump in the state's suicide rate.
The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that North Dakota's suicide rate rose 58 percent from 1999 to 2016 — the biggest increase in the country over that time.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch called for unwavering love and support for LGBT youth who experience high suicide rates as victims of bullying, discrimination and family estrangement in a somewhat surprising Senate speech this week from the retiring Republican who has long been an opponent of same-sex marriage.
Hatch said Wednesday that the suicide epidemic is especially acute among LGBT teens as he spoke in favor of a proposal that would create a national suicide prevention hotline.
NEW YORK (AP) — The deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have caused media organizations to look at how they cover suicide and whether more could be done to prevent copycat killings, without neglecting the duty to report news.
Minnesota suicide hotline prepares to shut down
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's suicide crisis hotline is preparing to shut down at the end of the month following financial shortfalls.
For more than 50 years, Crisis Connection has linked callers to local mental health professionals and emergency first-responders. The planned shutdown follows a slow but steady increase in the statewide suicide rate in recent years, according to state and federal data.
HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Utah suicide prevention researcher Michael Staley says suicide isn't easily explained, and a community forum won't end suicide or suicidal behavior. But he calls it a start.
The Deseret News reports a Thursday evening meeting in Herriman drew about 400 couples, families with teens, school administrators, pastors and counselors.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has selected 17 schools to receive a grant that aims to prevent suicide by building a system to help students cope with life's challenges.
CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — At Clinton High School, a strategy for reducing teen suicides starts with hugs and paper sacks.
Each day for her class' suicide prevention unit, sociology teacher Sherri Ottis greets students at the door with a sign that reads, "Pick One! Handshake, High Five, Hug."
Eryka Greene, an 18-year-old senior, welcomed the sign "because I'm a very affectionate person. Getting hugs from Mrs. Ottis has brightened my day."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three Utah school districts will get training about how to deal with mental health issues under a $1.8 million grant aimed at addressing a troubling rise of teen suicides in the state.
Lane County mental health and community leaders gathered Tuesday evening to discuss the possible implementation of a program to help prevent teen suicides.
LDS Church joins in supporting suicide task force, donates $150,000 to cause
Increases in suicide rates, both in Utah County and throughout the state, have been the driving force behind Gov. Gary Herbert’s Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force.
On Tuesday, Herbert signed several bills into law suggested from that task force. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with the governor and Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox and other professionals and residents who are working to address suicide.
Montana State awarded $378K in suicide prevention grants
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University received $378,000 in suicide prevention grants to expand two programs.
A $221,000 grant will improve a program that offers online videos that teach adults coping strategies to reduce anxiety and depression. The videos offered under the Thrive-Montana program are chosen based on the person's answers to a series of questions.
Dayton seeks nearly $1M to keep suicide hotline afloat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on lawmakers to set aside $969,000 to keep the state's only suicide prevention hotline from closing.
The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced it would be forced to shut down next month without new funding. The 24-hour phone line links callers with local mental health professionals as well as first-responders and emergency rooms.
Janis Lindley had connections to two students who died by suicide in the fall. After that, she knew her internship had to be focused on suicide awareness.
The project has led to Lindley to form HOPE4OREM, a chapter of HOPE4UTAH, which will host a suicide prevention and education event for parents at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Mountain View High School.
The group hopes to fill the auditorium so parents can hear about suicide prevention and receive resources.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As suicides have risen in Virginia - including a 29 percent increase among children in 2016 - Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation calling on state officials to report how they are addressing the problem.
House Bill 569, introduced by Del. Wendy Gooditis, D-Clarke, requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report annually its progress and activities on suicide prevention. The report will go to the governor and General Assembly.
Experts to discuss suicide prevention at North Central High School
A panel of experts will speak March 29 at North Central High School during the school district’s second annual Community Suicide Prevention Symposium.
The event also will feature a resource fair with representatives from about 20 local health and service organizations.
Chris Moore, a Spokane Public Schools administrator, said the district aims to unite parents, students and service providers to educate the community about self-harm and suicide risk.
Nebraska initiative offers hope and suicide prevention
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It's time to talk.
Time to shrug off the awkwardness, to speak up, start a conversation, ask a question — and maybe save a life, say members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. And they want to help.
The coalition — begun in 2014 after a spike in suicides by young people — is launching an initiative to help eliminate the stigma surrounding suicide and the reluctance of people to talk about it.
COLUMBUS – The Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska will be hosting a Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program for local clergy at 1 p.m. Monday at the Federated Church.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Nebraska with an average of one death per every two days. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Greater Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter is hosting a free community meet-and-greet reception in the Ballroom of The Woodlands Resort, Plains Twp., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Board members and volunteers will be available during the session to discuss the advocacy and education efforts of the national office and local chapter, and plans the volunteer-led organization has for future programming. Board members hope the reception is a successful...
BOSTON (AP) — Suicide prevention advocates are planning to gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse to present awards and press lawmakers for additional suicide prevention funding in the state budget.
The Monday event sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention will begin with several legislators presenting awards to activists from Andover, the Berkshires, the South Shore, Nantucket and Newburyport.