A disproportionately greater rate of Marin’s teenagers and young people have self-destructive ideas or psychological health occurrences than their population overalls would recommend, according to a brand-new county report launched today.
“While youth between the ages of 15 and 24 represent 10% of the population, they represent 44% of emergency room visits, 36% of hospitalizations and 10% of the deaths,” the report stated.
The report likewise keeps in mind that a disproportionately high rate of White midlife and older men in Marin have actually passed away by suicide.
“Men make up 49% of the population of Marin and 76% of deaths by suicide,” the report stated. “Adults age 45 and older represent 53% of the population and 71% of deaths by suicide.”
The file, the very first upgrade to Marin’s year-old suicide avoidance tactical strategy, was launched Monday by Marin Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Recovery Services on its brand-new site at BHRSprevention.org.
According to the 19-page report, Marin’s total suicide rate dipped somewhat given that August 2020, when the county introduced its suicide avoidance tactical strategy. At the time, Marin had the greatest suicide rate in the state.
“The provisional data from 2020 shows that 35 Marin residents died by suicide, compared to 46 the year before,” the report notes. Although the total rate dropped throughout the pandemic, Marin still has among the greatest rates in the Bay Area, although not statewide, according to Kara Connors, tactical strategy organizer.
Each fact, nevertheless, is more than a number and represents a requirement for increased awareness and empathy, stated Jei Africa, director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, in the report.
“Families, neighborhoods, and communities across the county continue to the feel the grief and confusion that result from suicide deaths and attempts,” Africa stated.
“While much attention has been brought to this issue by the spike in the number of adolescent suicides across the state, we know that suicide affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds,” Africa kept in mind. “Suicide has now risen to the 10th leading cause of death in the United States across all ages.”
Statewide, attention is greatly concentrated on youth, a lot of whom suffered seclusion, stress and anxiety, sleep conditions and computer-screen overload throughout the pandemic, according to Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, D-Woodland Hills, co-author of a youth psychological health expense, Assembly Bill 309.
The expense, gone by the Legislature on Sept. 10, now rests on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk awaiting his signature. Newsom should sign or ban the expense by Oct. 10.
AB 309 needs the California Department of Education to produce a design psychological health recommendation procedure for usage by schools statewide. The procedure would supply assistance to assist teachers much better recognize trainees with psychological health requirements and rapidly and effectively link them with suitable services.
Locally, the Marin County Suicide Prevention Collaborative, a working group gotten in touch with the county’s tactical strategy, has actually grown over the previous year, Connors stated. The collective is a network of suicide survivors, loss survivors, allies, pals and therapists who are running conferences, workshops and other occasions.
“All of our activities are directly aligned with the seven core strategies of the strategic plan,” she stated.
One of the activities is a brand-new art display this weekend in San Rafael.
About 10 Marin high school and university student interns with the county are leading the task.
“The goal of our showcase is to bring the young community of Marin closer together through art and use it as a medium of creative expression to help others who are suffering,” stated intern Preston Lee of Tiburon, a high school senior.
“So many people endure hardship under the radar,” he included. “When I first got exposed to how many
people in my life struggled, it inspired me to advocate for such a prevalent issue in my community.”
The Youth Art and Film Showcase for Suicide Prevention runs 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus, 3240 Kerner Blvd., Room 109, San Rafael.
“With each piece of artwork submitted, these youth are sending a powerful message that stigma has no place in Marin,” stated Connors. “As a community, we can talk about mental health and suicide in open and direct ways.”
Marin’s network has actually likewise produced a brand-new Crisis Text Line, which is: text MARIN to 741741. Any teenager who might require to get in touch with a friendly voice is welcome to utilize it.
The trainee interns are sharing the text line on social networks, according to Scarlett Goh, a high school junior from Mill Valley.
“Sometimes kids talk about suicide online in a casual way that might not be taken seriously,” she stated. “Or, some kids are afraid to reach out for help if they see others ‘joking’ about suicide.”
Goh motivated all her peers to share on social networks about the text line or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.
“At the end of the day, we just want to keep each other safe,” she stated.
Elsewhere in Marin, a partnership of neighborhood groups in Mill Valley are running suicide avoidance awareness occasions around skateboarding. Last week, they held a skateboard competitors at Harrison Dunnett Skatepark, which is called after previous Mill Valley Middle School trainee and passionate skater Harrison Dunnett, who passed away in 2016 while in treatment.
“We need to think outside the box about how we engage youth and activities and events that we produce for them,” stated Ryan Fedoroff, an organizer. “This was an example of something that we can do to touch all kids.”
Fedoroff stated a variety of groups are preparing comparable occasions for youth to provide a favorable focus and outlet for tension.
“For many kids, we observed that skateboarding helped to get these kids through the pandemic and what was an otherwise challenging time,” Fedoroff stated. “And rather than leaning into video games, substances and social media as a form of distraction, these kids skated and they skated some more.”
Connors concurred that any occasions that provide contact with others in a favorable method can be practical.
“If you ask those who have struggled with psychological or emotional pain, many will mention that the connection and support of their neighbors and loved ones was critical for their recovery,” Connors stated.
For assistance or info, call the Marin Suicide Prevention Hotline at 415-499-1100.