Meredith Newman Delaware News Journal Published 2:22 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 When Cyndi McLaughlin heard about the deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain last week, she thought of her nephew Sean, a tinkerer who loved to fix motorcycles. She thought of her brother Jerry, an outdoorsman who was the quietest of her three siblings. And she thought of her son Jeremy, a teenage boy who loved horror movies. Especially the bad ones. In the span of 17 years, McLaughlin's son, nephew and brother shot themselves. First it was Jeremy in 2001 at age 15 then Jerry in 2013 at age 55. Sean took his life in April at age 27. "All three had different stories in terms of their struggles," McLaughlin said. "In the end, I guess they couldn't see past that really dark time." Last week, when news broke of Spade and Bourdain killing themselves just days apart, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicide rates are rising … [Read more...] about Her son, nephew and brother died of suicide. She wants more people to talk about it.
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By Jeanne Whalen Jeanne Whalen The Wall Street Journal BiographyJeanne Whalen @JeanneWhalen [email protected] Updated May 15, 2018 2:21 p.m. ET 5 COMMENTS A new study finding a rise in suicidal thoughts and attempts among young people adds to the research pointing to a decline in mental health among U.S. children and adolescents. The study showed the proportion of young people treated at 31 U.S. children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts more than doubled between 2008 and 2015, from 0.66% of all visits to 1.82% of all visits. Rates were higher during the school year than in the summer, and nearly two-thirds of the visits involved girls, according to results published in the medical journal Pediatrics. The research had limitations: It didn’t include data from all U.S. hospitals or suicidal behaviors that didn’t involve a hospital visit. Still, physicians said it fits a pattern of findings that show rates of depression and suicide-related … [Read more...] about Youth Suicidal Behavior Is on the Rise, Especially Among Girls
Last Tuesday, March 27, the comment period closed in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Proposed Rule: Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority. This proposed rule dangerously expands the ability of institutions and entities, including hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, nurses, even receptionists, to use their religious or moral beliefs to discriminate and deny patients health care. It fails to ensure that all people have equal access to comprehensive and nondiscriminatory services. Nurses and all health care professionals must guard against any erosion of civil rights protections in health care and continue to ensure patients receive quality, medically necessary, and compassionate care. As the most “honest and ethical” profession , a nurse should never refuse to treat a patient based on that person’s individual attributes. Provision 1 of the Code of Ethics … [Read more...] about HHS proposed rule lowers the bar for care and discriminates against certain people
North Vista Hospital is known for taking the poorest and sickest patients in Southern Nevada. But new allegations against the hospital are raising alarming questions about the lack of mental health services in this state. One patient says he was tackled, put into a headlock and sedated for no reason. Another says he was slammed to the ground and punched in the eye. A suicidal woman was released to an unregulated group home last month where she later died. And another man was admitted on a 72-hour hold after he threatened to kill himself. According to a lawsuit, he was released just 16 hours later without ever seeing a psychiatrist or mental health professional. Two hours after his release, he drove his car into a pole and died. In court documents, the hospital said the man no longer had suicidal ideations. But an attorney says the patient was kicked out because he didn’t have health insurance. You can read the entire story at Reviewjournal.com. … [Read more...] about Las Vegas morning update for Sunday, March 25 — VIDEO
David McCovy, 23, shows photos of his injuries to a reporter during an interview at his mother's Las Vegas home Wednesday, March 14, 2018. McCovy claims he was physically assaulted and punched by North Vista Hospital staff in the hospital parking lot. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhotoRobby Risher (courtesy)Silveria Caban, 58, and her son Jacob Edward Delgado, 23, talk to a reporter at their Las Vegas apartment Friday, March 16, 2018. Both were admitted to North Vista Hospital's psych ward, and claim mistreatment. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhotoDavid McCovy, 23, shows photos of his injuries to a reporter during an interview at his mother's Las Vegas home Wednesday, March 14, 2018. McCovy claims he was physically assaulted and punched by North Vista Hospital staff in the hospital parking lot. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhotoDavid McCovy, 23, shows photos of his injuries to a reporter during an interview at his mother's Las Vegas … [Read more...] about North Las Vegas hospital quick to oust mentally ill, former patients say
The state’s second-largest mental hospital put vulnerable patients in danger by violating basic procedures designed to ensure individualized treatment and safe medical care, according to a federal review. As a result, Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center put its crucial federal funding at risk. The 175-bed hospital, which treats many of the state’s most challenging psychiatric patients, used generic treatment plans that failed to recognize the complex conditions and unique therapeutic needs of some patients, investigators found. Psychiatrists familiar with the findings say the repeat violations raise serious questions about the quality of treatment at a facility that has struggled to bring violence under control amid a swelling population of mentally ill patients it receives from jails. In one case, a patient who had attempted suicide 40 to 50 times since age 11 was admitted to Anoka-Metro with symptoms of psychosis. While at the hospital, the patient cut his forearm with … [Read more...] about Anoka state mental hospital violated basic rules for patient care, feds say
A Hamilton County judge has paved the way for a 17-year-old who wants to transition in gender to undergo hormone therapy, in a case that pitted the teen against his parents.Sylvia Hendon, a visiting Juvenile Court judge, issued a ruling Friday granting legal custody to the teen’s grandparents, who a prosecutor said "accept their grandson for who he is."But the ruling comes with conditions.Hendon said before hormone therapy can begin at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the teen must be evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the hospital.That evaluation, Hendon said, should look at "the issue of consistency in the child's gender presentation and feelings of nonconformity."Closing arguments in the case took place Jan. 26. This story will be updated More: Pure Romance CEO's daughter is transgender. He wants to help families like his. More: Leelah Alcorn, 3 years later: update on the transgender revolution Previous … [Read more...] about Judge paves way for transgender teen to get hormone therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
When he was a teenager, one Portage-area resident didn’t feel right, so he went to a psychologist. He was put on medication for mental health-related symptoms. A few years later when he was in the Army, he landed in a VA hospital, where he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder — a chronic mental health condition with symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of a mood disorder. The man asked to have is identity concealed in order to discuss his issues candidly. From that point forward, his life was an uphill climb. He began self-medicating and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. He was in and out of treatment facilities and hospitals. “One day, I realized my prime years had been robbed by my mental health condition and drug addiction,” he said. “I got into support groups and listened to what my doctors had been telling me for years: take my medication and get sober.” It’s been 23 years since he made the decision to get help. While … [Read more...] about Rural areas face barriers for mental health care
In any given week, Ben Crotte, a behavioral health therapist at Children’s Home of Cincinnati, speaks to dozens of students in need of an outlet. Their challenges run the adolescent gamut, from minor stress about an upcoming test to severe depression, social isolation and bullying. Amid the flood of conversations, meetings and paperwork, the challenge for Crotte - and mental health professionals everywhere - is separating hopeless expressions of pain and suffering from crucial warning signs that suggest a student is at risk for committing suicide. It’s a daunting, high-pressure task, which explains why Crotte was willing to add another potentially useful tool to his diagnostic kit: an app that uses an algorithm to analyze speech and determine whether someone is likely to take their own life. Its name: “Spreading Activation Mobile” or “SAM.” “Losing a child is my worst nightmare, and we all live with the fear that we might miss something,” … [Read more...] about Teenage suicide is extremely difficult to predict. That’s why some experts are turning to machines for help.
CINCINNATI — An Ohio judge will decide next month whether to grant full custody to the grandparents of a transgender boy so he can pursue hormone therapy, which his parents oppose.Closing arguments in the case, which began in December in Hamilton County Juvenile Court, took place Friday.The now-17-year-old wants to transition in gender, but prosecutors say his parents deny he is transgender and have refused services from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Instead, one of their attorneys said Friday, the parents prefer therapy to “get to the underlying causes” of the teen’s desire to transition.A visiting judge, Sylvia Hendon, said she will issue a ruling before Feb. 16. More: What happened to Kedarie Johnson? The mystery of how an LGBTQ teen from Iowa ended up slain in an alley More: Transgender teen emerges from Ky.'s bathroom debate A Hamilton County assistant prosecutor who is representing Job and Family Services said the … [Read more...] about Prosecutor: Parents’ refusal of transgender treatment made teen suicidal