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3rd Leading Cause of Death (for ages 10-24)- Not a Disease- or Is IT?

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It is deeply tragic to learn that Brianne Matthews, a 16 year old, bright and popular softball player, killed herself on Feb. 25, 2010, hours after returning home from softball practice. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control, suicide has become one of the leading causes of death. A recent grant announcement includes the following: In the United States and elsewhere, suicidal behavior is a serious public health problem. Suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the US in 2006 (CDC, 2009). That same year, suicide was the third leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds, and the second leading cause of death for 25- to 34-year-olds. Although suicide clearly is a problem among youth and young adults, overall rates of death due to suicide are highest among middle aged and older adults (CDC, 2009). Previous research has identified an abundance of risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior. However, there are very few suicide prevention strategies that have been shown to be efficacious or effective. One key strategy with strong potential for preventing suicidal behavior is promoting and strengthening individual, family, and community connectedness.” Perhaps as we seek to address this very critical issue, we will also find that our solutions cover a number of other social problems. This program is designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes will be forwarded to government officials to let them review solutions oriented discussions. GRANT ANNONCEMENT LINK (Suicide Prevention Through Connectedness): http://www.grants.gov/search/announce.do;jsessionid=Yt5bLh7TMYktJpnnmKcchqJlJZdGn47Sh1tsrtCD5gCpL68JbLJG!1585175360

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