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Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority Educates Community on Suicide Risk and Available Resources

According to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in the United States in 2010. During that calendar year there were 38,364 reported cases of suicide, which averages approximately 105 deaths every day.

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Saginaw Parent Leader Gets Families Involved with Early Childhood and Mental Health Education

On September 23, parent leader Yalonda Freeman was presented with the Great Start Parent Member of the Year Award by the Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative at its annual board meeting. Freeman was nominated by fellow parent coalition members and chosen by the Great Start Collaborative Executive Committee to receive this award.

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New Year, New Resolutions for Mental Health Awareness

By: Melissa Lee

It’s no coincidence that January is also known as Mental Wellness Month; there’s no better time to take stock of our mental wellbeing than the mark of a new year and new beginnings. And with statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealing that one in five American’s have experienced a mental illness, it’s important that we recognize the symptoms and understand that there are resources available to help.

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A Piece of the Puzzle: Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview

By: Heather Beson, Mental Health Supervisor for
Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

Autistic Disorder is a hot topic currently as the number of individuals diagnosed continues to rise; recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show 1 in 88 individuals being diagnosed, jumping from 1 in 150 during the year 2000. Compare that to 1970 where only 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with Autism. No one knows exactly why the numbers are increasing, but theories include earlier diagnosis, increased awareness, and possible environmental factors.

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