Suicide Prevention Among Veterans
with Tara Consolino, a Director of Case Management for Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Suicide Prevention for the Detroit VA Medical Center
Many Veterans don’t show any signs of an urge to harm themselves before doing so. But some may show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or hopelessness, like:
Seeming sad, depressed, anxious, or agitated most of the time
Sleeping either all the time or not much at all
Not caring about what they look like or what happens to them
Pulling away from friends, family, and society
Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things they used to care about
Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame, failure, lack of purpose in life, or being trapped
They may also change the way they act, and start to:
Perform poorly at work or school
Act violently or take risks (like driving fast or running red lights)
Do things to prepare for a suicide (like giving away special personal items, making a will, or seeking access to guns or pills)
Hosted by: Laurel Hess
Produced by: Heartland Newsmakers Team
Fighting the Measles Outbreak in Michigan
As of April 17, 2019, theMichigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 43 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.
The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 40 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, during which time he was contagious. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.
Unvaccinated residents, or residents who are unsure of their vaccination status,shouldget vaccinated. Residents should contact theirhealthcare provider or local health department to receive vaccine. If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.