Bullying and teen suicide is a rapidly rising issue in the school systems. No Name-Calling Week was founded to improve community awareness to help in the fight against bullying and is supported by the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Thousands of schools across the nation participate in this awareness every year by integrating educational materials about verbal bullying into their curriculum. By raising awareness staff and students alike can learn the harmful effects of bullying and ways to put an end to it, creating a safe and healthier learning environment.
In the wake of Friday’s unthinkable tragedy in Connecticut, the RCBM staff has begun to discuss ways that we can do our part. It is easy to feel powerless when something like this happens but important to respond in constructive ways, even if they seem small in the aftermath of such tremendous loss.
Every eight seconds someone turns 50. According to the Administration on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2000 the population of 65 year olds was 35 million, in just eight years it will jump to 55 million. As a clinical social worker with a keen awareness of the elder community, my interest in gerontology is increasing along with the aging population. One prominent concern of aging is the possible diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Over the last few weeks, those of us who live in Southeastern Michigan have been alerted to a series of shootings along the I-96 corridor. Numerous innocent targets were involved. Many windshields were shattered, and apparently one person sustained injuries. We learned last week that a gentleman in his 40’s was apprehended. There are reports that he has a history of paranoia and psychiatric symptoms. Most people with mental illness do not have violent tendencies, but certain psychiatric diagnoses are associated with increased frequency of violent behavior.
I am a survivor of suicide. This November marks two years since I heard the words; “Your mother tried to kill herself.” It was one of the scariest moments in my life, but also one of great relief that she had not succeeded, and went on to receive treatment. Less than a year later, her sister, estranged from the family for more than a decade, would not be so fortunate.