Friday, April 22, 2016

There’s Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S.

From: Huffington Post

If you need any more proof that mental health disorders are a public health issue, look no further than rising suicide rates over the last decade and a half.

Deaths from suicide have increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to an analysis of Americans aged 5 and up conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the CDC researchers can’t definitively pin down why the rates are increasing (there are multifarious factors that contribute to mental illness and self-harm), the study’s results are a huge wakeup call: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

“Suicide is not just a mental health issue — it is a public health issue, and it is preventable,” said Kristin Holland, a behavioral scientist in the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention Surveillance. “There are quite a few programs that have been shown to effectively prevent suicide, and at the CDC we are continuing to evaluate innovative suicide prevention strategies.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Marijuana Education Trainings

The purpose of the training is to introduce participants to the PYD principles in order to engage young people as partners in your work. In addition, the trainings will include relevant marijuana information and networking opportunities. This full-day, free training is interactive, discussion based and informative.

Dates and Locations
  • April 29 in Lamar
  • June 1 in Saguache 
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teens Take the Wheel

This free 2-hour event will help parents and teens to start a meaningful dialogue about safe driving. 

• Learn about Colorado’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law 
• Participate in distracted driving simulations and games 
• Take part in the “What Do You Consider Lethal?” presentation 
• Witness a mock teen crash trauma scenario 
• Hear the compelling story of teen crash survivor, Jacob Smith 
• Sign the distracted driving pledge and be entered to win prizes including gift cards and driver’s education tuition

Visit South Metro Safety Foundation to register for one of the following classes:

Parker Adventist Hospital FREE 4/18/16 6:00 PM
8:00 Pm 114
Swedish Medical Center FREE 5/2/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 67
Aurora Medical Center FREE 5/3/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 133

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Health department calls attention to marijuana laws and health effects before 420

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds Coloradans and visitors planning to attend 4/20 events to review the laws governing retail marijuana and tips on safe use. The department’s Good to Know campaign has released a “Know Before You Go” infographic and is providing retail marijuana stores materials to educate customers.

Research completed last fall by the Colorado School of Public Health shows that adults familiar with the “Good to Know” campaign were more than twice as likely to correctly identify key retail marijuana laws. The campaign produced an 11 percent increase in the awareness of retail marijuana laws.

“We want to make sure Coloradans and visitors know what they can and can’t do when it comes to buying and using marijuana in our state,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer. “Knowing our laws and safety concerns will help those who choose to use marijuana have a more responsible experience.”

“Know Before You Go” messages include:

· Public space is not the place: This includes parks, sidewalks, concert venues, restaurants/cafes/bars, ski resorts and amusement parks. In addition, you cannot use marijuana on federal land, including in national parks and national forests.

· Be smart with edibles: A user should start with a low dosage to see how he or she feels before using more. It can take as long as four hours to feel the full effects of an edible.

· If you choose to use, don’t mix it with booze: Using both marijuana and alcohol at the same time is more dangerous than using either alone, and the effects can be unpredictable.

· Secondhand smoke is no joke: Marijuana smoke has some of the same unhealthy chemicals as tobacco smoke. Be mindful of others who don’t want to be exposed, especially children.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tell-tale protein can be found in blood as long as a week after a head injury, research suggests


A simple blood test appeared to detect signs of concussion up a week after patients suffered a head injury, researchers report.

The test might provide a new way to diagnose concussions, especially in patients without immediate symptoms, the researchers said.

However, the research is preliminary and the test would not be ready for widespread use for several years, experts said.

"Symptoms of a concussion, or a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury, can be subtle and are often delayed, in many cases by several days," said study lead author Dr. Linda Papa, an emergency medicine physician and researcher at Orlando Health.

"This [blood test] could provide doctors with an important tool for simply and accurately diagnosing those patients, particularly children, and making sure they are treated properly," she added in a news release from the Florida health care provider.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

National Violent Death Reporting System: Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance.

The original publication made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 has been expanded thanks to funding from the Joyce Foundation. The updated publication now features nine state profiles, eight stories of typical violent deaths, and over 25 innovative ways states turn data into action.

The NVDRS: Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance demonstrates the power of an incident-based system to create a more complete picture of violent deaths. With 32 states currently 
receiving NVDRS funding from the CDC, this report brings increased attention to the importance of investing resources in injury and violence prevention initiatives, and the need for continued support and expansion of this innovative system for preventing violent deaths.