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Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Progress and Hope in the Fight Against Suicide | Healthiest Communities Health News

Suicide is among the top causes of death in the United States today, and for some groups, the crisis is particularly acute.The terrible toll that suicide takes on our society is immense. To put it in perspective, in 2020 alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an estimated 12.2 million people in the U.S. seriously considered suicide, 3.2 million made a plan and 1.2 million made an attempt on their own lives. That same year, nearly 46,000 people died by suicide – roughly one person every 11 minutes.Data also shows that suicide was the second-leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 34 in 2020. As a father of three children – all of whom fall in this age group – this statistic hits home, and highlights a crisis we must help our young people overcome.The ...
Biden signs bill making benefits available to families of officers who die by suicide
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Biden signs bill making benefits available to families of officers who die by suicide

President Biden on Tuesday signed a bill into law which extends disability and death benefits to families of officers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or die by suicide in the line of duty. The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022 is part of a larger effort to recognize the emotional impacts of traumatic events on first responders nationwide. Erin Smith fought for months for death benefits after her husband – Washington, D.C., Metropolitan police officer Jeffrey Smith – died nine days after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. A 12-year veteran of the department, Jeff Smith was the target of several attacks that day after responding to the mob of rioters who breached the Capitol."I have gone through hell and back to get my husband's death declared line of duty, ...
Man bikes across the country to raise awareness for mental health
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Man bikes across the country to raise awareness for mental health

After learning his loved one died by suicide, Richard Lima decided to take his bike to the East Coast and ride across the nation raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.“It’s prevalent across the country everywhere I go, small town, big city, it doesn’t matter everybody’s got a tie,” Lima said Saturday morning.Having started his trek in North Carolina on June 4, Lima made it to Folsom on Saturday; saying it was a major goal of his to ride through the greater Sacramento area because his loved one called the Valley home.“I had no idea about mental illness or suicide, until losing a loved one to suicide and doing this ride,” Lima said.Lima, riding for Never Ride Alone, is connecting with local mental health advocates and suicide prevention groups across the country...