(CNSNews.com)– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced nearly $56 million in new grants for suicide prevention, noting that suicide rates among the Army reached an all-time one month high in July.
Despite a slow but steady decline in suicide rates in the 1990s, suicide rates are on the rise, the secretary said. Older Americans have the highest suicide rate, she said.
“Today, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24, and we’ve seen especially alarming trends in our armed forces. Just this July, the Army lost 38 soldiers to suicide – an all-time one month high,” Sebelius said.
Sebelius teamed up two years ago with then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates to launch the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
“Today, I’m proud to announce nearly $56 million in new grants to support the national strategy. As part of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, named for [former] Senator [Gordon] Smith’s son, Garrett, these grants will help expand state, tribal, and community suicide prevention efforts,” Sebelius said.
HHS also supports the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and partners with Veterans Affairs on the Veterans Crisis Line. Both phone lines allow people all over the country, and in some cases worldwide, to call day or night when they need help.
“And finally, we want to make sure that suicide prevention is part of our broader efforts to improve health care across America. For example, a couple of weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced new standards that doctors will have to meet to earn certain incentive payments,” Sebelius said.
“We made sure that providing people who have major depression with suicide risk assessment was included as one of those standards. Beginning last year, Medicare also began covering an annual preventive screening for depression, which is especially important, since older Americans have the highest rate of death by suicide,” she added.
Thank You CNS and Ms Hunter
How much longer is it going to Take for these people to Buy a Clue?
Psych-Kommand and its Suicide Causing, Mind Altering Drugs must go.
A review of existing algorithms, including VA National Guidelines, APA, the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP), and PORT was conducted. After careful consideration, a modified version of TMAP was selected, and named the New Jersey Algorithm.
The sequence includes two trials of atypical antipsychotics followed by a Clozaril trial. If no favorable response is observed, a third atypical neuroleptic is tried, followed by a typical neuroleptic, followed by a combination of antipsychotic medications. The consensus of the internal advisory committee was to provide a flexible algorithm that will allow for minor modifications as new research is disseminated. Though a positive outcome has not been observed with the NJ Algorithm to date, researchers suspect that a larger sample size might generate significant findings in the future.”
VA Serves 5.3 Million Vets and active duty personnel. The commonly accepted incidence of Selling schizophrenia is 1% of the population. Schiz is actually grossly oversold for all manner of reasons, most of which involve Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare Fraud.
1% of 5.3 Million is 53,000, and the VA hasn’t had a Single Positive Outcome Yet for the most severe diagnosis they’ve got, with any of their S**T Drugs. none! But the pushers still want even more test subjects. If this latest $56 Million in Grants is going to buy Pharma and their Psychiatric/Psychological Cretins, we've just thrown another $56 Million worth of gasoline onto the fire.