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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
At Fort Meade, where the suicide rate among service members is six times higher than that of the entire state, a crowd of 75 soldiers offered mostly silence when Mark Fisher asked them to list potential warning signs that a colleague is about to take his or her own life. "The only way we're going to attack suicides is to talk about it," Fisher urged them. "We have to get it. And this is the only way. " Fort Meade's mandatory suicide prevention training Wednesday was part of an Army-wide initiative undertaken as the military branch is on pace to reach its highest-ever suicide rate.
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Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
I n one scene, an empty chair sits in the middle of a student art class, a blank sheet of paper on the easel in front of it. In another, an empty seat is surrounded by students playing flutes and clarinets. Then in a roomful of chess matches, one student is seated at a gameboard but missing an opponent. The message at the end: Don't let there be another empty seat. The video, developed by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and shown to Howard County high school students, is appropriately named “Empty Seats,” and it's part of a campaign called Don't Do Nothing, which educates students about the signs of suicidal thoughts and urges them to intervene if they suspect a friend is in trouble.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Students at Broadneck High School assemble each year for a theater production, but this year's offering, "Les Miserables," carried a special meaning and mission. Director Emily Cory decided to use the performance as an opportunity to talk about and raise awareness of the subject of suicide, and to give students a chance to share their feelings and views on the subject. "Les Miserables" suited this intention, as one of the main characters commits suicide. Students staged performances at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park on Thursday, with proceeds benefiting the Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team, a group launched by the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families in 2008.
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By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. The public might consider it a concern chiefly for teens and the elderly. But adults ages 45 to 64 - the Academy Award-winning actor was 63 - now account for the largest number of suicides and have the fastest-growing suicide rate.
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By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. The public might consider it a concern chiefly for teens and the elderly. But adults ages 45 to 64 - the Academy Award-winning actor was 63 - now account for the largest number of suicides and have the fastest-growing suicide rate.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 1, 1994
Spring may be a season of new beginnings, but crisis counselors say it also can be a time of increased risk for those who may be suicidal."Experts believe it has to do with the change of season, for one," said Lori Y. James, a crisis intervention coordinator for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc. in Columbia. "Springtime is a time of more expectations from people," resulting in emotional pressures, she said.In an attempt to address the risk of suicide, counselors from the 23-year-old center will take part in national Suicide Prevention Week today through Saturday, with visits to schools and other efforts intended to publicize suicide prevention.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 14, 2002
SUICIDE IS a problem for every school and every community," says Jennifer McKechnie, a guidance counselor at Centennial High School. It's a leading cause of death for young people, with rates continually on the rise. McKechnie and others are working to prevent teen suicide. Officials have organized a daylong Suicide Prevention Program, to be held Oct. 29, that will help students, teachers, parents and others identify warning signs of suicide and work to prevent the tragedy. During the day, students, teachers and others in the school will attend one of several hourlong assemblies about suicide prevention and coping skills.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
Montgomery County correction officials took what they described as "suicide prevention measures" for Ruthann Aron yesterday by giving her a paper gown to wear and moving her to a special cell for observation.After skipping two meals, eating "a little" of a third and telling a staff member she was on "a hunger strike," Aron was seen by the county detention center's staff psychiatrist, said Victoria Bullard-Vinson, spokeswoman for the county Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.Aron, who was ordered held without bail Wednesday on two charges of soliciting a contract killer to murder her husband and a lawyer, was technically not on a "suicide watch," Bullard-Vinson said.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2002
A 15-year-old girl locked in a Maryland juvenile jail had threatened to kill herself hours before she was found hanging lifeless from a bunk bed, but a guard failed to report the threat and no precautionary measures were taken, according to a report by an independent oversight office. In their report released yesterday, the investigators fault the juvenile justice agency, which runs the facility where the girl committed suicide, for serious lapses that might have contributed to her death.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,Anne Arundel Bureau of The Sun | October 30, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- School guidance counselors could be sued if they don't try to prevent a student's suicide, the Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.The decision sends the case of a Kensington man, whose 13-year-old daughter died in an apparent murder-suicide pact in November 1988,back to Montgomery County Circuit Court for a trial.Stephen Eisel had sued the school system, the superintendent, the principal and two guidance counselors at Sligo Middle School in Montgomery County because the counselors did not tell him that friends of Nicole Eisel had said she was discussing suicide.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Students at Broadneck High School assemble each year for a theater production, but this year's offering, "Les Miserables," carried a special meaning and mission. Director Emily Cory decided to use the performance as an opportunity to talk about and raise awareness of the subject of suicide, and to give students a chance to share their feelings and views on the subject. "Les Miserables" suited this intention, as one of the main characters commits suicide. Students staged performances at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park on Thursday, with proceeds benefiting the Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team, a group launched by the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families in 2008.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In Iraq, Lauren Augustine operated unmanned aircraft on surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Army's storied 1st Infantry Division. In Washington last week, Augustine and her fellow veterans stormed Capitol Hill for comrades they say are being left behind. The 26-year-old Army veteran was one of more than 30 former service members who spent the week visiting lawmakers to call attention to the persistence of suicide among veterans. In a time of fiscal constraint, when the Pentagon is shrinking the military and other departments are reining in spending, the veterans are asking Congress and the White House to devote more resources to mental health for former troops.
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November 15, 2013
Survivors of suicide The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds its 15th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day at noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Howard County Library's Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Free. Information: 410-531-6677. Art exhibits The Howard County Arts Council presents two exhibits through Friday, Dec. 13, in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. In Gallery I is the biennial multimedia juried exhibit "Art HoCo 2013," featuring more than 50 works by 39 Howard County artists.
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September 30, 2013
When I returned to my childhood home, I discovered 300 family Civil War letters. I have transcribed them, but nothing more. Not so Kathy Leichter. The Cornell graduate and daughter of former New York State senator Franz Leichter left Pittsburgh's public television station six months after her mother committed suicide in 1995 by jumping out the dining room window of her apartment in Manhattan, N.Y. Leichter returned to her childhood home and found a hidden box of audiotapes her mother had made.
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September 27, 2012
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
At Fort Meade, where the suicide rate among service members is six times higher than that of the entire state, a crowd of 75 soldiers offered mostly silence when Mark Fisher asked them to list potential warning signs that a colleague is about to take his or her own life. "The only way we're going to attack suicides is to talk about it," Fisher urged them. "We have to get it. And this is the only way. " Fort Meade's mandatory suicide prevention training Wednesday was part of an Army-wide initiative undertaken as the military branch is on pace to reach its highest-ever suicide rate.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 27, 2004
When the Howard County school system's crisis intervention teams were put in place four years ago, the goal was to have countywide procedures for crises ranging from the death of a student to terrorism and natural disasters. "Our focus was very procedural in terms of step by step, `When a crisis occurs, here's what we're going to do,' " said Ivan Croft, chairman of the county schools' cluster crisis intervention teams. This month, the focus here and in other Maryland schools has been on suicide prevention.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2004
Lisa Hurka Covington fought for emergency phones to be installed on the Bay Bridge, hoping someone intending to jump might instead call for help. She traveled to the Capitol in Washington, carrying quilts with pictures of men, women and children who took their own lives and calling for more money for suicide-prevention programs. She persuaded six Maryland school systems to print crisis hot line numbers on the back of student ID cards. Propelled by personal tragedy - her 28-year-old sister shot herself dead in 1991 - Covington has become an insistent voice in public policy debates surrounding guns, mental health and, more than anything else, suicide education.
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By Tony Perry and Tony Perry,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 21, 2008
SAN DIEGO - The basic rule for Marine boot camp is simple: Keep your mouth shut and mind your own business. But it's different when the subject is suicide. Drill instructors encourage recruits to share their feelings in so-called "guided discussions," and tell them to watch out for, and promptly report, warning signs in their friends. The suicide rate in the active-duty Marine Corps was 16.5 per 100,000 in 2007 - below the active-duty Army and a similar demographic in the civilian population.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2006
After defeating arch rival Maryland on Friday, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County men's ice hockey team didn't get out of Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton until after 10:30 p.m. Another game against Maryland was scheduled for Saturday night. But most of the Retrievers didn't mind getting up early Saturday to volunteer at the "Out of the Darkness" community walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. The team took its place midway through the trail, handing out water bottles and offering encouragement to those taking part in the 7-mile walk.
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