Daily Briefing – October 10, 2019

“There are at least four national awareness days in October dedicated to drawing people’s attention to mental health issues. There’s National Bullying Prevention Month, National Depression Screening Day (October 10) Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6–12) and National ADHD Awareness Month. With so much information, it’s easy to get caught in the weeds. Here’s a birds-eye view of what businesses need to pay attention to:…”

” Researchers this year changed a key metric in how they track veterans suicides in an effort to better explain the scope of the problem, but mental health advocates say it still doesn’t tell the full story. In the last four years, the official government estimate on the number of veterans who die by suicide has gone from 22 a day to 17 a day in the latest Veterans Affairs report. But the rate of suicides among veterans didn’t decrease over that span. Instead, the way the figures are sorted and presented did. Instead, outside experts note that by many markers the problem has grown even worse. The total number of suicides among veterans has increased four of the last five years on record. From 2007 to 2017, the rate of suicide among veterans jumped almost 50 percent. Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than Americans who never served in the military. For female veterans, the risk factor is 2.2 times more likely.”

“In an effort to help break down stigmas surrounding mental health, “CBS This Morning” will broadcast a live town hall, “Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health,” on Wednesday, Oct. 23. We will feature a live studio audience of people affected by mental illness in various ways and hear from medical professionals. Guests will include “Queer Eye” star and licensed social worker Karamo Brown, who will discuss his experience with depression, and Cynthia Germanotta, who founded Born This Way Foundation with daughter Lady Gaga, about how mental illnesses affect a family.”

” Stanford University has agreed to change its involuntary leave of absence policy, mental health staffing and training to better accommodate students facing mental illness crises, including those who have been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. The decision is the result of a settlement agreement with a group of students who filed a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting student in mental health crises. This development is timely as it directly addresses concerns over global suicide trends. Suicide rates continue to increase across all age groups in America, but the rising youth suicide epidemic, which has progressively increased since the 1950s, is particularly concerning among those who study it. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death across the U.S. population, but is second-most among college-aged students. “We are facing a national mental health crisis, and college campuses are reflecting what’s going on in society at large,” Dr. Victor Schwartz, chief medical officer of the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to prevent suicides among young people, said in an interview with ABC News.”