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)
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Funding for Michigan
The United States Constitution requires that the residential population of the country be counted every 10 years. A complete and accurate count is vital for communities. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs. The number and distribution of elected officials are based on census data. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments use census data to identify community needs and evaluate solutions to difficult problems.
Historically, some populations – including communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, and young children – have been undercounted in the census. Undercounts happen for many reasons. People may not understand the census, may not trust the government, or may not want to share their information. Whatever the reason people don’t participate, undercounts deprive communities of necessary resources and representation.
The next census occurs in April 2020. For the first time, census data will be collected primarily online. The new format may make it even harder for people without reliable internet access to participate.
A fair and accurate count in Census 2020 is vital for southeast Michigan. Researchers estimate that for every person not counted, communities will lose about $1,800 per year in federal funds. As trusted members of the communities they serve, Michigan nonprofit organizations are well positioned to engage on this issue and encourage census participation.