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The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to launch a new three-digit hotline for people who are feeling suicidal or are going through any other mental health crisis. It recommends making 988 the new national number to call for help, replacing the current 10-digit number.

The agency presented the idea to Congress in a report earlier this month and is expected to release more information and seek public comment about the proposal in the coming months.

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The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center is hosting a statewide conference to raise awareness about physician suicide.

Recently-sprouted soybeans on a farm in Central Ohio.
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The Ohio Department of Agriculture launched “Got Your Back" on Tuesday, a program designed to connect farmers around the state with mental health resources in their area, and help combat the stigma that surrounds the issue.

Jeffrey Epstein And Suicide In Prison

Aug 20, 2019
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The apparent prison suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has cast a spotlight on the incidence of suicide in prison, which has increased over the last decade.

Experts blame staffing shortages and a lack of access to quality mental health services.  

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: prison protocols for suicide prevention. 

Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he and the Department of Justice were "appalled" and "frankly angry" at the death of Jeffrey Epstein at a federal jail in New York City over the weekend. He blamed the Metropolitan Correctional Center for failing to "adequately secure this prisoner."

The nation's foremost public health agency shies away from discussing the important link in this country between suicide and access to guns.

That's according to documents obtained by NPR that suggest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instead relies on vague language and messages about suicide that effectively downplay and obscure the risk posed by firearms.

Guns in the United States kill more people through suicide than homicide.

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Earlier this year, police dispatchers in Evansville, Ind., received a chilling call. A man said he was holding his wife at knifepoint, and he warned police that he was heavily armed.

Suicide In Law Enforcement

Jun 25, 2019
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The estimated number of U.S. law enforcment officers who died by suicide outnumbered those who died in the line of duty for the third straight year in 2018.

It's a growing issue in police department across the  country, but a lack of data and relunctance to admit it exists have only exacerbated the issue.

Today on All Sides, suicide in law enforcement and how police officers are trained to manage the job.

Peter Nunn is 32 and he's happy. He lives just outside Atlanta with his husband Monte, his dog Amelie, and their cat Hollow.

The dining room is decorated with a photo gallery wall of family — his husband dancing with his mother at their wedding and pictures of the couple. But it took a long time and work to get to a place where Nunn said he accepted and loved himself.

As a gay man, Nunn said, his father tried to change him.

Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET

Days after three separate suicides in Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn., left those communities reeling, the Senate did something rare for a GOP-led chamber: It held a hearing on gun control.

Much of the focus by the Veterans Health Administration has been on the growing number of younger veterans who commit suicide. However, statistics show that the suicide rate for elderly veterans is higher than that of non-veterans of the same age.

Robert Neilson was drafted in 1961. He spent two years in the Army just before the Vietnam War. Three years ago, the 76-year-old came into the VA Hospital in San Diego after contemplating suicide.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
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A U.S. Department of Justice survey found that from 2010 to 2014, incarcerated children had suicide rates two to three times higher than their peers in the general population.

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Ohio opened its first in-patient mental health care unit specifically for the LGBTQ population on Monday.

Former Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Onan was in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006 when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.

"I remember laying down in the truck," Onan said. "Waking up, there's dust, there's debris all over me, and there's an Iraqi colonel who's sitting in the truck with us, and he's just screaming, screaming. I don't understand what he's saying."

Onan suffered a head injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. During the next year, he was in and out of trouble with military officials, mainly for small infractions, which he chalks up to the medications he was taking.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of its 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Thursday, measuring the rates of drug use, instances of violence and suicidal thoughts and actions among the nation’s teens.

Fewer teenagers are using drugs and having sex, according to the survey results, but there are still many areas of concern for the public health agency.

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