Today we are talking with Nathan Kottkamp about Healthcare Decisions Day on April 15, 2015 and Advance Directives. Do you know what they are? Do you have one? Do you know why they are important for your health and mental health? Do you know why they are important for your family and loved ones in decision making?
Nathan Kottkamp NHDD Founder & Chair
Listen to today’s show here to find out the answers to all of these questions and more!
Today’s discussion is on the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the mental health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals. Our guests today are representatives of agencies collaborating to provide holistic services and advocacy for LGBTQ individuals in our community. Through their combined efforts, they are creating a more accessible environment for LGBTQ individuals to receive services
Today’s episode we are revisiting suicide with special guest, Shirley Ramsey of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Shirley talks about the organization, events and resources in the Richmond area, as well as shares her story about being a survivor of suicide. We’ll hear from Jenn Gallienne giving us statistics of suicide in our country as well as who it is impacting. Also, we’ll speak to area service providers in Richmond about their experiences with this topic.
Today’s episode we are discussing emerging innovative programs to help those who are having suicidal thoughts. Our guests today are representatives of agencies collaborating to enhance responses to those at risk for suicide. Through their combined efforts, they are creating a more systematic approach to helping our community.
A recent suicide by a celebrity has brought this issue to national attention. However, suicide is a daily occurrence and is, according to the CDC, the 10th leading cause of death. They report that in 2010 there were 38,364 suicides in the US – an average of 105 a day or 1 every 15 minutes – There were 1,067 suicides in Virginia in 2011 – above the national average. They occurred most frequently with males (78 percent), whites (87 percent) and people age 45-54 years old (23 percent).Yet females have a higher rate of thinking about suicide. Over 30% of suicides test positive for alcohol, 23% for antidepressants, and almost 21% for opiates.
Kelly Ferguson from The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
This show focuses on individual stories of people in recovery and how they support others through their peer support recovery work.
The soundscapes that are embeded within the show are created by participants in the Recovery By Design project. This is a collaborative project between RBHA and the mOb Studios. This project will be highlighted in the show broadcasting on the fourth Friday of the month.
Jay Biggers – peer support specialist at McShin Foundation
Cheryl Cummings – peer support specialist at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
David Rockwell – peer support specialist at Henrico Mental Health and Developmental Services
Brandi Welch – peer support specialist at McShin Foundation