Hope for Today, Promise for Tomorrow
The number of suicide deaths in Minnesota has increased since 2000 and, in 2008, surpassed the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes. Suicide may stem from a combination of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, culture, and adverse childhood experiences. Significant advances have allowed gatekeepers and health care professionals to better identify individuals at risk for suicidal behavior, and refer them to science-based treatment. In addition, using recommended communication strategies can convey messages of help, hope, and resiliency. Learn how one Minnesota suicide prevention program used these strategies to engage its community and implement a public health-based prevention plan.
Stephanie Downey, Evergreen Youth and Family Services
Melissa Heinen, MDH: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
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