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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 2007, representing 11 deaths out of every 100,000.

Suicide occurs in all age groups. In 2007, persons aged 50-64 years had the highest suicide rate of all age groups, at 16.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

The number of Minnesotans who die by suicide each year is nearly five times higher than the number of homicide victims.

"Suicide results in the tragic loss of life as well as agonizing grief, fear and confusion in families and communities," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "There are simple steps Minnesotans can take to be aware of the warning signs of suicide and to help prevent it."

Know the warning signs. People are encouraged to pay attention to signs that might indicate someone is considering or planning to end their life. These signs include:

Statements about hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness.

Sudden change from a depressed mood to a happier, calmer mood.

Giving away cherished possessions.

Isolating oneself from friends or family.

Making arrangements or setting one's affairs in order.

Direct or indirect statements that reference death or dying.

Other risk factors include substance use, recent crisis or loss, family history of suicide or mental illness, access to firearms or other lethal means, past experiences of trauma, and chronic pain that doesn't respond to treatment.

Talk about it. If you are concerned about someone, ask that person whether they have thought about suicide. Research indicates that asking the following kinds of questions does not cause a person to start thinking about suicide.

Do you ever wish you could go to sleep and never wake up?

When you feel sad, have you ever had thoughts of harming or killing yourself?

Are you thinking about killing yourself? Have you thought about how you would do it?

You may need to ask the questions more than once, and in different ways. In response, do your best to listen without judgment. Let them know you care, that he or she is not alone, and that help is available. Offer to help them find a doctor or counselor, or offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with them.

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Minnesota Community Pride winners announced and honored on Labor Day weekend at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair

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

Over 20 Minnesota communities, large and small, from across the state, took home top honors and over $15,000 in cash awards in the 25th Anniversary Minnesota Community Pride competition, announced at the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase and Awards ..... 
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State Fair Seeking Young Adults to Serve on Advisory Team

Mon, Aug 31st, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair is now accepting applications for young adults who want to be part of the State Fair Advisory Team.

The 20-member team is a voice for younger Minnesotans that provides input on interests and trends among ..... 
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Background briefing for media on novel H1N1 flu

Tue, Aug 25th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Event:

Background briefing on novel H1N1, including recent developments, current concerns, anticipated issues and challenges if a second wave of illness occurs in the fall, and preparations for the possibility of a major pandemic involving sev ..... 
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MN2020 Statement on the Minnesota Free Market Institute's False Assertions about Climate Change

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - Responding to the Minnesota Free Market Institute's assertions that climate change is just politicized science, Minnesota 2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke issued the following statement:



"This symposium is nothi ..... 
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END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN MEANS END OF THE ROAD FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement agencies statewide will be cracking down on impaired drivers as part of a nationwide Drunk Driving - Over the Limit. Under Arrest. enforcement campaign, August 21-Sept. 7. Around 400 Minnesota agencies will partic ..... 
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Minnesota State Fair Foundation at the Fair

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair Foundation will host a Minnesota County Fair photography exhibit in the J.V. Bailey House, south of the Space Tower on the fairgrounds. The photography will be displayed the twelve days of the fair. The exhibit ..... 
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MN2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke's Statement on Final Round of State Budget Cuts

Sat, Aug 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - Responding to the final round of state budget cuts, Minnesota 2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke issued the following statement:



"With Minnesota's unemployment rate above eight percent, our state government should ..... 
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Variety of Values at 2009 State Fair

Wed, Aug 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Visitors to the 2009 Great Minnesota Get-Together will enjoy a variety of values and bargains during the fair, Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Pre-fair discount admission tickets are $9 and are valid any day of the fair. Als ..... 
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