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Forty-eight veterans died by suicide in Maine in 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — a number that has held relatively steady for the past several years.

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A statewide phone support line for people with mental health issues will be reduced from a 24-hour service to a seven hour daily service next year under a proposed new state contract. The proposed change is drawing criticism and concern from the mental health community.

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Maine youth ages 10 to 24, and the rate of suicides among Maine's youth is higher than the national average.

Brunswick High School is responding to the problem with a new program that trains students to raise awareness and be a resource for peers. Maine Public reporter Patty Wight visited the student training Thursday as part of our ongoing series Finding a Way.

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Dan Abbott and his wife, author Monica Wood, speak publicly about Dan’s suicide attempt and recovery in hopes of helping others who undergo a major depressive episode. They will be joined by Portland Press Herald writer Bob Keyes, whose story about Dan and Monica received a tremendous response.

Suicide rates are increasing in nearly every state, and the rate in Maine has increased by nearly 30 percent since 1999, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control report released this week.

Suicide rates in Maine increased by more than 27 percent over the period from 1999 to 2016. That's according to a report realeased by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across New England, the steepest increases in suicides were seen in New Hampshire and Vermont, with an increase of 48 percent. Massachusetts saw a 35 percent increase, Rhode Island 34 percent and Connecticut 19 percent.

Across the nation, all states saw an increase in suicides, with the exception of Nevada which showed a slight decline.

Suicide Prevention

Sep 22, 2017
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Suicide was the second leading cause of death in Maine and the United States among adolescents aged 10-24 and adults aged 25-34 from 2012-2014. Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among adults in Maine and the United States aged 35-54 from 2012-2014. Our panel discusses ways to increase awareness about suicide prevention, improve access to preventive and intervention services, and how to reduce suicide in Maine.

Guests:  Jenna Mehnert, MSW, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Teen Depression

Dec 7, 2016
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Teen depression is a serious mental illness that can often be confused with the moodiness that teenagers typically exhibit. It can lead to eating disorders, erratic behavior—even suicide. What are the signs of when a teen is suffering from depression, and what can be done to help?

Guests:

Robyn L. Ostrander, MD, Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Chair, Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital

WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville police are seeking $12,000 in restitution from a man who was at the center of a standoff when he threatened suicide in early December.

Suicide Prevention

Oct 8, 2015
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How to help someone who is suicidal.

Guests:  Jenna Mehnert, Executive Director, NAMI Maine
  Kevin Briggs, California Highway Patrolman with assignments including patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the number of drug overdose deaths for 2015 is on track to be similar to last year - the worst on record. She calls that a crisis. But while the state battles drug overdoses, another public health issue is taking even more lives in Maine: suicide.

It was February, two years ago, when Tonya Bailey-Curry of Lewiston found out:  Her 21-year-old son Dante had killed himself.

Suicide Prevention

Apr 30, 2014
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Suicide or thoughts of suicide, know no socio-economic, ethnic, age or geographic boundary. It can, and does impact all strata of society. How warning signs be spotted when someone may be thinking of harming himself? What resources are available for those contemplating suicide and those wanting to help? 16 years ago, the Maine Centers for Disease Control, along with many other agencies and organizations, founded the Maine Suicide Prevention Program. The aim, to take a comprehensive approach to stemming suicide in the state.