Mental Health

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The media has a big role to play in suicide prevention, officials said Thursday.

Especially when it comes to at-risk children as young as 9 years old, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Trebor Randle said Thursday to a group of healthcare journalists.

Suicide is a serious public health issue and the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 39, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Second Thought for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
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Just over a year ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 25-year-old woman in Augusta, Georgia for allegedly leaking top secret information from the National Security Agency to the press. Last month, Reality Winner pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act. Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Her prosecution is the first in the trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers.

 


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Stigma can be one of the main reasons people with mental illness might not seek treatment or take their medication.

In communities of color, that stigma can be worse. In a race conscious society, many say they don’t want to be perceived as having yet another deficit.

 


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In May, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

Georgia Mother Remembers Late Son

Jun 12, 2018
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Suicide is a leading cause of death in Georgia and has touched the lives of many people in the state. Schrence Echols of Fairburn, Georgia, lost her son Marquise Tolbert in 2012, when Tolbert took his own life.

 


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and according to a new report, the number of people who take their own lives has risen substantially since 1999. Per the report, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older took their own lives in 2016. Georgia alone saw a 16 percent increase in suicides from 1999-2016.


On Second Thought For Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
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In a bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Alabama and six other states recently filed a lawsuit against it. The Obama-era program protects about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. In Georgia, there are roughly 24,000 DREAMers, a term that describes undocumented immigrants whose family brought them to the United States as children, and who have grown up in the U.S. 

With no decisive action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, young immigrants in the United States face an uncertain future. It takes toll on their mental health.


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In a bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Alabama and six other states recently filed a lawsuit against it. The Obama-era program protects about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.

 

In Georgia, there are roughly 24,000 DREAMers, a term that describes undocumented immigrants whose family brought them to the United States as children, and who have grown up in the U.S. 

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The United States Department of Justice estimates nearly two-thirds of all jail inmates have mental health problems.

 

In Georgia, a new investigation raises serious questions about the quality of care those inmates receive.

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The GBI is investigating after a 36-year-old woman was shot and killed by police in Johns Creek Saturday morning.

Lawyers for the family of Shukri Said said the incident is an example of tragic irony because May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Attorney Ibrahim Awad said he spoke on Saturday with both the sisters of Said and the GBI. His firm is also investigating the shooting to determine what training the officers on the scene had in handling a mental health crisis and whether the woman's civil rights were violated.

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According to a study released last year by the University of Chicago, more than 4 million youth in America face homelessness every year. As part of Women’s History Month, women from all over America were in Atlanta last week for a “sleep-out” at Covenant House Georgia, an area shelter.

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed the Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care for any other condition. Yet today, amid an opioid epidemic and a spike in the suicide rate, patients are still struggling to get access to treatment.

Mental Health On Georgia College Campuses

Sep 25, 2017
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Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz was shot and killed after provoking campus police officers. Schultz had a history of mental health issues and suicide attempts.

Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz was shot and killed after provoking campus police officers. Schultz had a history of mental health issues and suicide attempts. Anxiety and depression are common in high pressure schools like Georgia Tech. We talk about the mental health of college students with Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders, which works to raise awareness of mental health in young adults. Also joining us is Collin Spencer, External Relations Committee Chair for the Mental Health Student Coalition at Georgia Tech.

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The holidays can be an especially lonely time for some people. One day of sadness isn’t so bad, but chronic loneliness can have adverse health effects and be just as bad for you as smoking, obesity, and sitting too long.

University of Georgia professor Kerstin Gerst-Emerson says more needs to be done to address loneliness as a public health hazard. She joins us along with Agustin Fuentes, who chairs the anthropology department at the University of Notre Dame, to talk about loneliness, social isolation, and what it means to be lonely in a technologically connected world. 

Maria Bamford has been called one of "The 50 Funniest People Now" by Rolling Stone. Stephen Colbert says she is his favorite comedian. And her Netflix series "Lady Dynamite," based on her personal experiences with mental health, gets praise from viewers and critics alike. 

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When Regenia Brabham opened the back door of the two story family home she’s converted into an animal shelter, out came a pit bull named Stark.

“He’s a sweetheart,” Brabham said as Stark bolted into the backyard of the shelter. “Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare found him in an abandoned building in downtown Macon.”

Stark was a bait dog. His job was to lose to stronger dogs. He bears scars from that life including the largest one earned when his handlers tried to burn him to death.

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Chamique Holdsclaw was once poised to be the breakout star of the WNBA in the early 2000s. But her career was cut short when her battle with mental illness threatened her life. The documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” follows her emotional journey from basketball star to mental health advocate.

We speak with Holdsclaw about the challenges she faced on and off the court. 

You can catch Mind/Game at the Macon Film Festival this weekend. You can find the full film festival schedule here.

What Can Schools Do About Suicide?

May 11, 2016
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A recent story published in the University of Georgia student newspaper The Red and Black claims the university placed a student on interim suspension after she attempted suicide. The action, according to the article, made the "situation worse by creating further isolation, depression and anxiety." Is there a better way to deal with cries for help from members of a school population?