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(10/12/19) In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the connection between insomnia, depression and suicide, and some new treatment options that are on the horizon. 


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When Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide last month in a New York Corrections Facility, questions about the state of mental healthcare in America’s prisons briefly dominated the national news.

But suicides in jails and prisons are becoming more and more commonplace – especially in Georgia.  The state has one of the highest rates of inmate suicide in the nation, nearly double the national average.


Suicides are on the rise in jails and prisons, and Georgia has one of the highest rates of inmate suicides in the nation — nearly double the national average. On Second Thought explores the circumstances effecting the numbers.

Atlanta-based freelance reporter Max Blau reported in The Macon Telegraph last month. He spoke to state officials, family members and dug into public records data. He joins On Second Thought to discuss his findings on prison suicides.


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Georgia farmers are dealing with the news that China plans to end all imports of U.S. agriculture in response to higher tariffs.

This news comes after two years of rough conditions for the farming community, including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael and stalled aid packages.

With farming ranked ninth among professions with high suicide rates by the CDC, recent research from the University of Georgia School of Social Work investigates how those stressors could affect a population already at risk.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a potential new use of an old therapy that may be effective for treating suicidal thoughts. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.


Rep. Lucy McBath speaks outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, GA with House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Georgia veterans.
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Two veterans in Georgia committed suicide last month, one outside the entrance of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and another in the parking lot of the VA Hospital in Dublin. The two incidences punctuated the struggles that have plagued the Georgia facilities in recent years. 


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The U.S. Mental Health Care System is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet countless people living with or affected by mental illness fall through the cracks.

Georgia ranks 47th out of 50 for access to mental health care, resources and insurance coverage making it even tougher to live with disorders most data and experts find to be under-researched, undertreated and over-stigmatized.

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds in the United States. A 2018 study from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased by 16 percent in Georgia between 1996 and 2016.

 

Tech giant Facebook wants to help prevent suicide with artificial intelligence.

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When fashion designer Kate Spade died last week of an apparent suicide, there was an outpouring of grief, from Twitter to the front page of the New York Times. "Buying a Kate Spade handbag was a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women," declared the Times.


Georgia Mother Remembers Late Son

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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.


Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the Presidential race last week, leaving Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. But his candidacy doesn’t have the widespread support of the GOP. We check in with Republicans from around the state who vowed to never vote Trump about their options now. Our guests include author Demetrius Minor and conservative talk show host Greg Williams.

What Can Schools Do About Suicide?

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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?

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Although the average American life expectancy continues to improve, one demographic group has been dealing with substantial problems over the past few decades. Research from Princeton University discovered that older white Americans from ages 45-54 are experiencing sharp increases in health failure, poisoning from drugs and alcohol, and suicide.