By Susan Abram | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: November 13, 2017 at 6:57 am | UPDATED: February 5, 2018 at 10:34 am AN EDITOR’S NOTE TO OUR READERS: Because she is a minor, the name of the 13-year-old in this story has been omitted to protect the privacy of the girl and her family. The 13-year-old held a knife against her throat one spring morning, looked her mom in the eyes and said she’d do it. It was a threat built on depression, anger and despair. The teen had tried to run away from home. She twisted and pinched her skin until her arms and neck turned blue. She stole a cell phone from a student at school and used it to post photos of herself on an adult dating site. When her mother confronted her, the teen became upset. She grabbed the blade. In desperation, her mom called 911. It was the second time her daughter’s behavior forced her to dial the trio of digits, to reach out to strangers for help. But unlike the last time, the two Los Angeles … [Read more...] about Stretched thin, L.A. County’s mental health teams struggle to get patients out of jails and into hospitals
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by the new old age Americans are increasingly determined to exercise control over their deaths, and some believe suicide ought to be considered a reasonable option. ByPaula Span Aug. 31, 2018 On a March morning in 1989, Robert Shoots was found dead in his garage in Weir, Kan. He had run a tube from the tailpipe of his beloved old Chrysler to the front seat, where he sat with a bottle of Wild Turkey. He was 80. His daughter wishes he had mentioned this plan when they spoke by phone the night before, because she didn’t get to say a satisfying goodbye. But she would not have tried to dissuade him from suicide. Years earlier, he had told her of his intentions. “It wasn’t a big surprise,” she said of his death. “I knew what he was going to do and how he was going to do … [Read more...] about A Debate Over ‘Rational Suicide’
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2016 Students walk on campus at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. When Harrison Fowler heard about the counseling center at Stanford, where he enrolled as a freshman last fall, he decided to finally do something about the angst he had been struggling with for a long time. The results were not what he had expected. Asked if he had ever considered suicide, he said yes. The center advised him to check himself into the hospital. From there, he was sent to a private outpatient treatment center, where he was prescribed an antidepressant that he said triggered horrible suicidal fantasies. It wasn’t long before he was back in the hospital, being urged to go home to Texas. “No, I can’t go home,” Fowler, 19, recalled saying. “This is partly y’all’s fault for putting me on medication. I reached out for help and now I’m suddenly getting blamed for it.” Fowler ended up having to take a year off. He is now … [Read more...] about Feeling suicidal, students turned to their college. They were told to go home.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Reader Center Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Mental health workers, who have a unique perspective on America’s suicide crisis, recently opened up about what it looks like to them. ByMarie Tessier June 13, 2018 Last week provided two grim case studies in how fans, friends and family react to the suicides of beloved celebrities. It also provided a view into something far more obscure: the insights of mental health workers who are on the front line of America’s suicide crisis. As news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides emerged last week, mental health workers took to The New York Times’s comment section to describe what the crisis looks like to them. Some talked about how they have reacted to the depression and suicide of their own friends or patients. Others explained the obstacles mental health workers face in trying to … [Read more...] about 7 Therapists, Psychiatrists and Counselors Talk About Treating the Suicidal
In a decision that has dismayed mental health advocates, Essentia Health has stopped admitting patients with severe mental illness to its psychiatric unit in Brainerd, citing concerns that they were overburdening the facility. The Duluth-based health care system said St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd in September stopped admitting "involuntary" patients held under a court order, known as civil commitment. Instead, the hospital's 16-bed psychiatric unit now admits only patients who voluntarily accept treatment — who tend to have less-acute mental health problems than those who are civilly committed. The move has alarmed advocates, psychiatrists and state officials, who raised concerns that it could set a dangerous precedent. If other private hospitals follow St. Joseph's lead, hundreds of Minnesotans with complex psychiatric disorders might have nowhere to go during a mental health crisis, they said. Executives at St. Joseph's said the shift will make the unit safer for … [Read more...] about Brainerd hospital stops admitting patients with severe mental illnesses, citing state bottlenecks