This weekend the Out of the Darkness Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will occur from June 1-2 to raise awareness and funds for suicide research and prevention. One June 3rd the President will convene a Mental Health Forum to follow-up on much the the initiatives for early identification and improved access to treatments proposed in his The Time Is Now gun violence prevention program. The problems of suicide and the depression that cause it are all too real. In the United States alone someone dies by suicide every 13 minutes.
I turned down a road towards a municipal building that strangely stood alone in the midst of a quiet residential area. I live not far away in Washington, DC yet Loudoun County feels a world away. This was also the site where Senator Mark Warner convened a roundtable conversation of end-of-life issues. I thought this building and Loudon County provided a strange symbol for the topic of end-of-life in general. They were each remote. A diverse cross-section of stakeholders gather to discuss this topic that remains remote in relation to other issues of health and medicine.
HHS photo by Chris Smith Dr. Regina Benjamin, US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services B. Smith, Restaurant Owner, Author, and Healthy Lifestyle Advocate Dr. Nadine Gracia, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Dirk Schroeder, … Continue reading