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PHOTO: It was a full house earlier this year for Kitsap County's first Suicide Prevention Forum, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the county suicide rate. Photo courtesy League of Women Voters of Kitsap County.
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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - An epidemic is what the League of Women Voters in Kitsap County says it discovered looking into deaths statewide, and found suicides top the list. In Kitsap County, more than 80 percent of gun deaths are people taking their own lives. That statistic has prompted a Suicide Prev ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts are expanding in Ohio to educate social services agencies on trauma-informed practices. Photo credit: grietgriet/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Children who have been traumatized can face a lifetime of behavioral, mental and physical health problems, and there are efforts in Ohio to better help these children recover. Traumatic experiences include physical abuse, exposure to addiction and parental separation. Dr. ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to expand the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, a year after the task force was first charged with finding solutions to the heroin epidemic in Illinois. Photo credit: Psychonaut/Wikipedia Commons.

JOLIET, Ill. - State leaders are digging deeper for solutions as they try to fight heroin abuse among Illinois youth. The Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force has been hearing testimony and gathering information on heroin use among high school students over the past year. Recently-signed legislation ...Read More

PHOTO: Even before actor Robin Williams died of apparent suicide, a local mental health professional says calls were already on the rise to 800-273-TALK. Granite Staters need to know the warning signs to prevent suicide. Graphic courtesy of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

CONCORD, N.H. – It can be shocking when someone as successful as actor Robin Williams takes his own life, but suicide prevention advocates in the Granite State caution not to be fooled by success. Suicide ranks as the number two cause of death for people in New Hampshire under the age of 34. ...Read More

PHOTO: Robin Williams was known during his life as a brilliant comedian and actor. Advocates for mental health say his tragic death could serve to bring greater understanding to the issues of mental illness. Photo credit: U-S Department of Defense.

PHOENIX - The suicide death of Robin Williams this week may serve as a powerful and tragic reminder for Arizonans and people everywhere that mental illness does not discriminate. Steve Schiro, chairman of the Arizona chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says Robin Williams' dea ...Read More

PHOTO: The Nevada Dept. of Transportation is urging extra caution on Nevada's rural roadways, where fatal accidents have increased sharply in some counties in the first half of this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's traffic deaths overall are down for the first half of this year, but fatalities on rural roadways are way up, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Meg Ragonese, the department's public information officer, says 124 traffic deaths in Nevada in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

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