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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and we want to raise awareness on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

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Holidays & Depression

The emotional and financial stress of the holidays can trigger depression in some people.There are so many social activities, chores and events during the holiday season. You simply can’t do it all. Keep your expectations reasonable and set realistic goals about what you can and cannot accomplish. Say ‘No‘ when you need to; your priority is you and your family. Spread the joy out over the entire holiday season rather than placing all of the importance on one specific day or event.

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and various organizations are highlighting the disparities diverse populations face when it comes to mental illness. In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives named July the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution that passed intended to not only increase access to services and spread awareness about mental health, but to also hone in on the spreading awareness about minorities with mental illnesses.

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Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month. The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness, reaching out and erasing stigma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide now accounts for more deaths than car accidents each year in the U.S. It is ranked as the 10th leading cause of death overall, but ranked as the second leading cause among young people, aged 15-24. The latest statistic from the CDC is that 41,000 American lives are lost to suicide annually.

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Are ADHD Medications Being Overprescribed?

There are 5 million children who are currently taking ADHD drugs in the U.S. alone. The number of children being treated with prescription medication for ADHD has soared in recent years.Fewer children are being prescribed antibiotics nowadays compared to a decade ago, according to a new study from the Food and Drug Administration. But over the past 10 years, more kids and teens were given prescriptions for ADHD drugs.The rise in stimulant prescribing for youths must be taken in context. Between 1990 and 2005 there was a rapid rise in pediatric prescriptions for many psychiatric medications—not only stimulants.

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