"It's troublesome and difficult," said Melissa Heinen, a health department suicide epidemiologist, about this trend. “These are not just the people who die. These are the communities that are struggling and the families that are struggling. But we know that we can change. ”
Minnesota is far from being the case of some social scientists. called "the death of despair". However, the Heinen and Health Department colleagues who were interviewed on Monday rejected this label using the term "death clusters".
"When we see increased suicide, we often see an increase in the number of deaths in the same communities, and alcohol and so on. "Heinen said. "There is something about the conditions in which people live to increase these deaths."
Dr. Amy Greminger, Essentia Health Doctor and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth University, said the community was generally considered a missing element.
"I personally observe … if our relationship with each other and with people in the community, if our migration to the Internet and less interpersonal communication does not destroy some of us who are forcing us," she said. "We are social beings."
We also need to do a better job of giving people access to mental health services, said Greminger
. Nate Wright, a lead drug and opioid epidemiologist, told the Department of Public Health that opioid overdose rates are higher in St. Louis County than elsewhere in the country. It is also the number of suicides and alcohol deaths in the Minnesota Northeast region as he said.
Minnesota has a higher suicide rate than the seven-county metro area, Heinen said. And while the Minnesota suicide rate is below the national average, youth suicide rates are above average
One notable sign is that Minnesota's female suicide rate has declined since 201
Some racial groups are also more difficult than others.
human health department. For African Americans it was 27.6. American Indians were 76.2 – 47.3 by 2015 "These differences, unfortunately, are common to all Indian countries," wrote Jennifer Grabow, a member of Bois Forte and a Minnesota University development teacher who manages American American Indian resources and a resistance team. "Rural communities, which are more rural, often have additional barriers to accessing health-related services."
These questions cannot be understood without understanding the historical trauma suffered by Americans.
The budget proposed by Heinen touted Timo Walz questions how to solve the problem. These include funding for a statutory suicide prevention rescue network, "death reviews" to understand the causes of overdose death, and funding a "zero-suicide" initiative to identify people at risk of suicide and to keep people from falling through the cracks
"Our biggest risk period for a person suicide is after an attempt to commit suicide," Heinen said.
Zero suicide initiative requires a "warm transfer", so that someone takes care of the individual's referral and calls those who does not show
To get help
National Suicide Prevention Line
• (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line
• Text MN – 741741
South St. Louis, Lake, Cook & Carlton Counties / Fond du Lac Band
• (218) 623-1800 or (844) 772-4742
North St. Louis
• (218) 288-2100
• (218) 326-8565 or 211 *
• • (800) 442-8565 or 211 *
* The services of St Louis County 211 are not related to the crisis