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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OPENS GREATER MINNESOTA CHAPTER


Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

New York, NY - September 21, 2009 - The American Foundation for Suicide

Prevention (AFSP) has opened its newest chapter. The addition of the

Greater Minnesota Chapter brings the total number of AFSP chapters in the

U.S. to 36.

Suicide is a national health problem that claims a life every 16 minutes. In

Minnesota suicide has claimed nearly 4,000 lives from 1999 to 2006 (the most

recent statistics available). Tragically, it is the second leading cause of

death for ages15 to 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for ages 35 to

54 in the state.

Based in Minneapolis the Greater Minnesota Chapter will cover the 76

counties from Dakota, Scott, Le Sueur, Blue Earth and Faribault to the west

and north. Their mission will be to bring nationally recognized suicide

prevention initiatives to the entire state. The Chapter will also work to raise

awareness and education as well as expand programs to support those

bereaved by suicide loss.

[A Rochester Minnesota Chapter is in development. That chapter will cover

the 11 southeast counties of the state. An Out of the Darkness Community

Walk will take place in Rochester on September 19th and the city will also

host a National Survivors of Suicide Day conference on November 21st.]

Some of these programs include AFSP's "Out of the Darkness" Community

Walks and the National Survivors of Suicide Day Conferences. The chapter

will be hosting three Community Walks this fall (www.outofthedarkness.org) -

Twin Cities Walk in St. Paul on September 27, St. Cloud and Brainerd both on

September 19. National Survivors of Suicide Day healing conferences

(www.afsp.org/survivorday) will also be held in Brainerd, Moorhead and St.

Paul on November 21.

In addition to the Community Walks and National Survivors of Suicide Day,

the newly formed chapter also plans to distribute the Foundation's newest

educational film called "More than Sad: Teen Depression" to high schools

throughout the area and continue AFSP's Depression Awareness Billboard

Campaign which launched in the Twin Cities area in 2007. The billboards seek

to educate the public about the serious nature of depression, and to urge

those clinically depressed to see their doctor.

"Starting the local AFSP chapter in Minnesota has g .....
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MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS HIT 300 FOR THE YEAR

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945. As of September 21, the state has recorded 302 traffic ..... 
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State health officials are tracking apparent upswing in flu activity across Minnesota

Sat, Sep 19th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are tracking what appears to be a significant increase in influenza-like illness across the state.

Based on reports of increased influenza-like illness in schools and at sentinel reporting ..... 
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1,873 BUSTED DURING END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN

Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - An Aug. 21-Sept. 7 statewide DWI enforcement campaign resulted in 1,873 DWI arrests - more than 100 DWIs a day. The average alcohol-concentration of the DWI offenders was 0.16 - twice the legal limit of 0.08. Preliminary arrest totals were ..... 
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4 CHILD TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2009 - NONE RESTRAINED

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary 2009 crash facts from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reveal that none of four children under age 7 killed in crashes this year were properly restrained and seven of 10 children seriously injured were also not i ..... 
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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five ..... 
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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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Statement by Congressman Tim Walz on President Obama's Speech

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Tim Walz. Mr. Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was Congressman Walz's guest at tonight's Joint Session of Congress.

"I'm pleased ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about preventing suicide during national Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12.

The extent of suicide in Minnesota is significant:

571 people died by suicide in Minnesota in 20 ..... 
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