The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that nearly 45,000 Americans commit suicide each year. The average rate of suicide in 2015 was 13.26 per 100,000 in the population. In the same year, the states of Montana, Wyoming and Alaska were the top 3 states for suicide attempts, way above the national average, and the state of New Jersey was the state with the least amount of suicides per 100,000 residents. On today's episode, in light of the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we wanted to have a conversation about trends, motivations and facts around this public health and social issue, as well as share some ideas on how to prevent or reduce suicide in the population.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 1 of every 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness during any given year. In 1949, Mental Health America started a yearly observation which elevates the importance of addressing mental health, along with media campaigns, events and screenings. On this episode, the team at Ology Research Group wanted to acknowledge the national observance and talk about this relevant topic and its applicability in today’s time.
A year ago, the team at Ology Research Group recorded an episode about the gun debate, following an shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in south Florida. Today, we come back to the table, following another shooting in south Florida, this time, at a high school. On this episode, we revisit the topic of gun ownership, self-defense and the second amendment. What will it take for us to reduce these instances of innocent lives being lost?
On today’s episode as part of our community voices segment, we are joined by Pat Butler. Pat is currently in pursuit of his doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC. He is an Assistant Chief with the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he has worked for 27-years. He has been assigned to both administrative and operational commands within the LAFD. He is also involved with child literacy and mental health services in our communities and serves on the boards of Vision to Learn as well as the San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center.
The approach to addressing mental illness and wellbeing have varied significantly over time. The days of forced lobotomies are long gone and have been replaced with more humane forms of what is known as contemporary and alternative medicine (CAM), along with other metaphysical and spiritual types of therapies. On today’s episode, we discuss some of these forms of contemporary alternative medicines, and why we think people gravitate towards them.