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    Suicide rises in yolo county


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    http://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakin...se-yolo-county


    http://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakingne ... olo-county



    More people kill themselves in Yolo County than are killed by others.


    That was the surprising finding made to county supervisors Tuesday by Michael Wilkes, chairman of the Yolo County Health Council, who offered an update on "the good, the bad, and the ugly" aspects of health.


    Wilkes, who is a medical doctor and UC Davis professor, touched upon suicide, obesity, vaccinations, and whooping cough among other concerns.


    Focusing on negative findings, Wilkes noted the high number of suicides in Yolo County.


    "There are more deaths from suicide than homicide, which is unfortunate," he said. "Lots of these are preventable."


    Hospital admissions for suicide and self-inflicted injury were up 130 percent in 2012 when compared to 2008, according to the report.


    Wilkes suggested county staff increase suicide prevention outreach and mental health services.


    "The Health Council finds that early intervention services for at-risk clients and potential clients will help reduce increasing trends with hospital admissions for suicide and self inflicted injuries," the report states.


    Wilkes told supervisors that in terms of mental health needs, "suicide is just the easiest measure we can track." Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions are harder to pinpoint.


    "We should be working with them in treatment and bringing them back to the community," Wilkes said. "I think that really what the data shows at its core is a need for an increase in community outreach."


    A lot of our stereotypes about suicide are wrong, Wilkes said. The second largest increase in suicides are among those 65 and older.


    "This really speaks to this idea of the elderly being vulnerable," he said.


    Sexually transmitted diseases, specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea, are also on the rise in Yolo County. The report urges staff to focus on outreach and testing of these conditions, which are increasing at significant rates.


    Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, has been on the rise as well.


    In terms of smoking, there has been a decrease from 12 percent in 2008 to 7 percent for adults. Meanwhile, teenage smoking in the county has doubled, increasing from 5 percent in 2003 to 15 percent.


    "Adult smoking has dropped enormously," Wilkes said. "Although, we are still a bit cautious."


    The report recommends that both healthcare providers and the county Health Department continue education efforts to reduce smoking, particularly among teens.


    Meanwhile, "there has been a considerable decline in the teenage birth rate over the past seven years," Wilkes said, clarifying that birth rate is different from the teen pregnancy rate. The decrease is most notable for the Latina population, which is down by 50 percent.


    Moving on with his presentation, Wilkes noted the high rate of breast-feeding in Yolo County, which is better than the state average.


    Supervisor Matt Rexroad wanted to know if the importance of breast-feeding has been emphasized across county programs, because breast-feeding factors into future well-being of the child, he said.


    "I want to make sure we are doing that for the health of the children under our care," Rexroad said. "We're probably missing a couple opportunities to do that."


    Jill Cook, director of health services, told the board "we are happy to come back and give you a view of what is happening with breast-feeding."


    Additionally, the rate of up-to-date vaccinations for kindergartners is reported at 91.3 percent, slightly above the California rate of 90.3 percent.


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    Yolo lmao

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    Yolo is up in northern California. That place is boring as heck. I've been up there. This article doesn't surprise me at all.

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    This is pretty damn funny.

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    I can't help but laugh at this even though the situation is quite sad.

    "Sexually transmitted diseases, specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea are on the rise"

    ...k crossing Yolo county off my spring break visit list.

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    They should find out what's making all those people commit suicide and take the right steps. If it means doing door to door counseling then let them do it. Suicide has never been a solution to anything and it's a cowardly act regardless of what pushes one to kill himself/herself.

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    this is funny and sad at the same time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    They should find out what's making all those people commit suicide and take the right steps. If it means doing door to door counseling then let them do it. Suicide has never been a solution to anything and it's a cowardly act regardless of what pushes one to kill himself/herself.
    i'm with you on that

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    I guess if you're in YOLO county, you only live shortly.

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    What saddens me the most is the amount of elderly suicides that have risen. It's sad that when parents get to an age where they need their families help, alot of families just waft them away and let them deal with everything themselves. I think the whole "family community" is slowly dissapearing before us and Capitalism is controlling the way we act more than family history.

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    With the elderly whose families have warehoused them rather than deal with them its not a surprising statistic. They work hard all their lives and then end up in one of those awful homes.

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    I think its rather harsh to say that families warehouse the elderly. Although that is what is happening, I can tell you from experience that taking care of an elderly person can really screw your life up. I'm being real here.

    I nearly lost MY family because of my decision to take care of my mother for four years while she suffered from dementia. After four years I had to put her in a home. Four years of no sex, no night life, no privacy, constant abuse from her...I just could not take it any longer.

    So if anyone wants to look down on me for warehousing my mom then you go right ahead. I promise you that I will have more compassion for you when you find yourself in the same situation.

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    Wait, there's an actually Yolo County? That's hilarious!
    I wonder if people are actually driving up there to kill themselves...

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    This is one of those moments where the cup can be half-full or half-empty.

    "There are more deaths from suicide than homicide, which is unfortunate,"

    There are less homicides than suicides in Yolo county which is fortunate.

    Also, there are less depressed people in Yolo county now... who are alive.

    Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    Suicide has to be put to an end. The generations must learn how to cope with the effects of life. When things become difficult, we must rise. Sadly, our own habitat continue to despise. The acts of human to human deprivation, increases the likely hood of suicide in society. My friend shot himself, because of the way people treated him in society. Acceptance of all human form is needed to go on, in order for is to grow into the kings and queens of our universe.

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