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The following links for articles (listed by date published) have appeared in newspapers and publications that are available with on-line editions. They are listed for your information, education and use in the gathering of data and knowledge to further raise awareness and the prevention of suicide.

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July 14, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Nevada works to close distance

Officials responding to a critical lack of mental health resources are hoping technology, newly licensed counselors, partnerships with higher education and community education about suicide will reduce deaths and improve the quality of life for rural Nevadans.

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July 13, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Officials trying to spare mental health from more budget cuts

In the face of Nevada’s worst budget crisis in three decades, state health and human services officials are hoping rural mental health clinics will not suffer cuts.  Rural clinics are already understaffed and cannot recruit for vacant positions, creating a waiting list of up to a year for patients who need to see a mental health counselor, officials said.

July 13, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
What Nevada is doing about the rural mental health crisis

The rural mental health crisis prompted legislators last year to establish the “licensed clinical professional” to increase the pool of qualified counselors in the state, especially in rural areas. The legislation expands the scope of practice for some drug and alcohol counselors to work with mental illness and emotional issues.

July 13, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
What Nevada is doing about the rural mental health crisis

The rural mental health crisis prompted legislators last year to establish the “licensed clinical professional” to increase the pool of qualified counselors in the state, especially in rural areas. The legislation expands the scope of practice for some drug and alcohol counselors to work with mental illness and emotional issues.

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July 12, 2008 -
"Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
When health clinics are closed, ERs and jails are the only places patients can go

A 20-year-old woman, depressed and under a large amount of medications arrived at the Carson Valley Medical Center emergency room several months ago.  A physician tried to transfer the woman to a psychiatric facility in Carson City, but the center had no staff available. “We do not have mental health (professionals) here to interview and evaluate her for further risk of suicide at this time,” the doctor wrote in his notes. “We were consulting with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, who will hold her overnight, and Douglas County Mental Health will see her in the morning. “(The patient) was not very happy with this plan, but is willing to go. (Her mother) says she still considers her a high suicide risk, and is uncomfortable observing the patient at home.”  This scenario is common at hospitals in rural Nevada.

July 12, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Despite economic boom, patients often don’t get needed treatment

Elko County is also the retail and service hub for northeastern Nevada. Its gold rush launched an economic boom for the growing area.  But despite the growth and prosperity, Elko County residents who need mental health treatment often don’t get it.
No psychiatrists work in the area, although some travel there a couple times a month. Some patients talk to psychiatrists over an online web camera. But according to one 2003 state report, only 8 percent of the mentally ill residents of Elko County got the treatment they needed — the lowest treatment rate in the state.

July 12, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Experts are unsure why suicides high in rural Nevada areas

Nevada’s rural counties, home to 10 percent of the state’s population, have the highest suicide rates in the state.  The Nevada suicide rate has been up to three times the national average since the state began sending vital statistics to the federal government in 1929.  “It’s striking for all of us working on this issue how clear and pronounced it is epidemiologically, and yet how much of a puzzle it remains,” said sociologist Matt Wray, who authored a report on Nevada suicide in 2006 for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “We just don’t know why the rates are higher.”

July 12, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Nevada officers pulled off patrols to fill gap
The lack of mental health resources in rural communities takes a toll on public safety and law enforcement budgets when officers are required to leave their patrols to drive citizens hundreds of miles away to the nearest psychiatric hospital during emergencies, authorities say.

July 12, 2008 - "Reno Gazette-Journal", Reno, NV
Rural Nevada lacks mental health care

Rural Nevada’s suicide rate is more than twice the national average, a problem compounded by lack of resources, remote locations and the stigma of seeking treatment in a small town.  Clinics are often the only source of mental health treatment for rural residents. Few mental health professionals, especially psychiatrists, are in private practice in the 15 non metro counties.  The critical lack of treatment for rural citizens threatens public safety and clogs emergency rooms and jails.

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Sept 11, 2006 - "KLAS TV - Channel 8", Las Vegas, NV
Suicide Ranks High in Nevada

Nevada is ranked third in the nation when it comes to suicide. More people in Nevada die from suicide than from murder or in car accidents. In 2003, more than 430 people died from suicide and that's almost twice the national average. Now, there is an office in Las Vegas dedicated to preventing suicide in Nevada.

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Sept 23, 2005 - "The Las Vegas Review Journal", Las Vegas, NV
Nevada gets grant for suicide prevention efforts

The federal government has announced an annual $400,000 grant for three years to help Nevada deal with its high youth suicide rate. Theresa Anderson, deputy administrator of the state Division of Child and Family Services, said part of the grant will be used to start a pilot program to screen ninth graders in 20 high schools in Clark County.

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Sept 11, 2004 - "The Review Journal", Las Vegas, NV
Congress OKs suicide prevention bill
Congress approved a bill boosting federal support for youth suicide prevention on Thursday, a year after the son of an Oregon senator took his own life. The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act was named after the son of Republican Sen. Gordon Smith. Garrett Smith, who battled depression, killed himself on Sept. 8, 2003, the day before his 22nd birthday. The bill was approved by both houses of Congress on Thursday, the day Garrett Smith would have turned 23. Senators observed a moment of silence before approving the bill and sending it to the White House for President Bush to sign into law.
 

 

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