Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on June 20, 1998 · Page 2
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Ironwood, Michigan
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News THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Mi — Saturday. June 20.1996 Page 4 Suicide common among the elderly (Continued from Page 1) —Extreme fatigue. —Feelings of worthlcssness. —Inability to concentrate or think. —Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, Suicide can happen in any family, however life events commonly associated with elderly suicides are: —Death of a loved one. —Physical illness. --Uncontrollable.pain. —Fear of dying a prolonged death that damages family members emotionally and economically. —Social isolation and loneliness. - -Major changes in social roles, such as retirement. If you have contact with older adults, and see suicidal signs, officials recommend: —Asking directly if he or she is thinking about suicide. —Getting involved, becoming - available, showing interest and support. —Don't taunt or dare him or her to do it. This "common remedy" could have fatal results. —Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life. —Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support. Get help from persons or agencies that specialize in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Seek the help of the older person's social support network (family, friends, physician, clergy). ' . —Offer hope. Alternatives are available, but do not offer glib reassurance. It may make the person feel as if you don't understand. —Take action. Remove easy methods they may use to kill themselves. There are resources available to help suicidal eldera. A professional should be contacted if clues of possible suicide are noted. A community mental health agency, a private therapist, family physician, psychiatrist, or medical emergency room or a suicide-crisis center are possible resources. On the Gogebic Range, persons may contact Community Mental Health at 229-6100; the crisis number at 667-0712; Gogebic County Sheriffs Department, 667-0203; Iron County Sheriffs Department, 561-3800; or your local law enforcement agency. Western part of state hit by storms Facts and myths about suicide There are many commonly-held misconceptions about suicide. These myths ol suicide often stand in the way of providing assistance for those who are at-risk. By dispelling the myths, those responsible for the care and education of young people will be in a better position So identify those who are at- risk and to provide the help that is needed. MYTH Young people who talk about suicide never attempt or comptete suicide. FACT Talking about suicide can be a plea for help and can be a late sign in the progression toward a suicide attempt. Those who are most at risk will show other signs apart from talk-' ing about suicide. If you have concerns about a young person who talks about suicide: —Encourage them to talk further and help them to find appropriate counseling assistance. .—Ask if they are thinking about making a suicide attempt. . —Ask if they have a plan. —Think about the completeness of the plan and how dangerous it is. Do not trivialize plans that seem less complete or less dangerous. ALL suicidal intentions are serious and must be acknowledged as such. —Encourage the young person to develop a personal safety plan. This can include time spent with others, check-in points with significant adults, plans for the future. MYTH A promise to keep a note unopened and unread should always be kept. FACT Where the potential for harm, or actual harm, is disclosed — then confidentially cannot be maintained. A sealed note with the request for the note not to. be opened is a very strong indicator that something is seriously amiss. A sealed note is a late sign ia, the progression towards suicide. MYTH Attempted or completed suicides happen without warning. FACT The survivors of a suicide often say that the intention was hidden, however it is more likely that the intention was not recognized. These warning signs include: —Tho recent suicide, or death fay other means, of a triend or relative. —Previous suicide attempts. ^Suicide: —Preoccupation with themes of death or expressing suicidal thoughts. •—Depression, conduct disorder or problems with adjustment such as substance abuse (particularly when two or more of these are present). —Giving away of prized possessions, making a will or other final arrangements. —Major changes in sleep patterns — too much or too little. —Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits, losing or gaining weight. —-Withdrawal from friends and family or other major behavioral changes. —Dropping out of group activities. —Personality changes such as nervousness, outbursts of anger, impulsive or reckless behavior, or apathy about appearance or hearth. —Frequent irritability or unexplained crying. —Lingering expressions of unworthiness or failure. —Lack of interest in the future. —A sudden titling of spirits, when there have been other indicators, may point to a decision to end the pain of life through suicide. MYTH If a person attempts suicide and survives, they will never make a further attempt. FACT A suicide attempt is regarded as an indicator of further attempts. It is likely that the level of danger will Increase with each further suicide attempt. MYTH Once a person is intent on suicide, there is no way of stopping them. FACT Suicides CAN be prevented, people CAN be helped. Suicidal crisis can be relatively short-lived. Suicide is a permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem. Immediate practical help such as staying with the person, encouraging them to talk and helping them build Small plane crashes in Livingston County HOWELL, Mich. (AP)— Fed-, eral authorities were investigating what cnusod an experimental plane to crash shortly aftor taking off from the Livingston County Airport, killing the aircraft's pilot. Officials were not immediately identifying the victim in the 4:05 p.m. cranh — the only person on board. No one on the ground was injured. The pilot's identity was being withheld until the investigation was completed, the Livingston County sheriffs department said. A sheriffs investigator said wit- nesses reported seeing the plane take off, remain airborne for a short while and plunge from the sky while returning to the airport to land. The plane was an experimental aingle engine aircraft. The investigator told Detroit radio station WWJ that witnesses did not hear the plane's engine running moments before it nose-dived near a business, then burst into flames. Livingston County Airport officials refused immediate comment. The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating. plans for the future, can avert me intention to attempt or complete suicide. Such immediate help is valuable at a time ol crisis, but appropriate counseling wii! then be required. MYTH Suicidal young people cannot help themselves. FACT While contemplating suicide, young people may have a distorted perception ol their actual life situation and what solutions are appropriate for mem to take. However, with support and constructive assistance from carinq and informed people around them, young people can gain full self-direction and self-management of their lives. MYTH The only effective intervention for' suicide comes from professional psychotherapists with extensive experience in this area. FACT All people who interact with suicidal adolescents can help them by way of emotional support and encouragement. Psychotherapeutic interventions also rety heavily on family and friends providing a network of support. MYTH Most suicidal young people never s«ek or ask for help with their problems. FACT Evidence shows mat they often tell their school peers of their thoughts and plans. Most suicidal adults visit a medical doctor during the three months prior to killing themselves. Adolescents are more likely to 'ask' for help through non-verbal gestures than to express their situation ver- batty to others. MYTH Suicidal young people are always angry when someone intervenes and they will resent that person afterwards. FACT While it is common for young people to be defensive and resist help at first, these behaviors are often barriers imposed to test how much people care and are prepared to help. For most adolescents considering suicide, it is a relief to have someone genuinely care about them and to be able to share the emotional burden of their plight with another person. When questioned some time later, the vast majority express gratitude lor the intervention. MYTH Suicidal young people are insane or mentally ill. FACT Although suicidal adolescents are likely to be extremely unhappy and may be classified as having a mood disorder such '-as depression, most are not legally insane. However, there are small numbers of individuals whose mental state meets psychiatric criteria for mental illness and who need psychiatric help. MYTH Most suicides occur in winter months when the weather is poor. FACT Seasonal variation data are essentially based on adult suicides, with Health network elects officers MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Health Care Network, Upper .Michigan's most comprehensive health care corporation,, has named itH officers for the 1998-99 year. Re-elected as UPHCN officers .are Secretary Kevin Calhoun, chief executive officer of Bell Memorial Hospital in Lshpeming; Treasurer Car!. Velte, CEO of Munining Memorial Hospital; and President Rick Wright, president and CEO of Kewnenaw Memorial Medical Center in Laurium.' Bill Ncmacheck, CEO of Mar- f|iietto General Hospital, was elected vice-president of the UP- HCN. In its fourth year of operation, the UPHCN was created to establish relationships among the 15 participating Upper Peninsula health care facilities for the purpose of coordinating and expanding medical services throughout the U.P. The administrators ol the participating facilities mnke up the board of trustees and administrative officers. In 1997, the UPHCN received a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen and expand the network. The UPHCN's objectives are to lower, medical cost*, provide more available health care services in the Upper Peninsula, arid, offer additional health education to residents of the U.P. The network has passed along significant savings for pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and general operating materials. limited adolescent data available. However, K seems adolescent suicidal behavior is most common during the spring and earty summer months. MYTH Some people are always suicidal. FACT Nobody is suicidal at all times. The risk of suicide for any individual varies across time, as circumstances change. This is why it is important for regular assessments of the level ol risk in Individuals who are "at-risk." MYTH Every death is preventable. FACT No matter how well-intentioned, alert and diligent people's efforts . may be, there is no way of preventing all suicides from occurring. MYTH •People who threaten suicide are just seeking attention. FACT All suicide attempts must be treated as though the person has the intent to die. Do not dismiss a suicide attempt as simply being an attention-gaining device. It is likery that the young person has tried to gain attention and, therefore, this attention is needed. The attention that they get may well save their lives. MYTH Talking about suicide or asking someone rf they feel suicidal will encourage suicide attempts. FACT Talking about suicide provides the opportunity for communication. Fears that are shared are more' likely to diminish. •'•'•.' The first step in encouraging a suicidal person to live comes from talking about feelings. That first step can be the simple Inquiry about whether or not the person is intending to end their life. However, talking about suicide should be carefully managed. MYTH Only certain types of people become suicidal. FACT Everyone has the potential for suh cide. The evidence is predisposing conditions may lead to either attempted or completed suicides. It is unlikely that those who do not have the predisposing condition (for example, depression, conduct disorder, substance abuse, feeling of. rejection, rage, emotional pain and anger), will complete suicide. MYTH Depression and self-destructive behavior are rare In young people. FACT Both forms of behavior are common in adolescents. Depression may manifest itself in ways which are different from its manifestation in adults. Self-destructive behavior is most likely to be shown for the first time in adolescence and his incidence is on the rise. MYTH Suicide is painless. FACT Many suicide methods are very painful. Fictional portrayals of suicide do not usually include the reality of the pain. By Th« Associated Press Storms knocked out power iines early Friday and caused wind damage in the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Falling trees damaged about 25 mobile homes in Stevensville, said Berricn County Sheriffs Sgt. Rick Biggart. Five people were treated and released for storm-related injuries at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph and one person was listed in fair condition, a nursing supervisor said. The injuries were all described as minor, Biggart said. About 14,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm, said Consumers Energy spokesman Kevin Keane. The areas around Allegan, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek were all af- fected by the outages, he said. By 3:30 p.m., only l.OOO were without power and service was expected to be restored by later Friday, Keane said.' Boats also were overturned in Paw Paw Lake, Biggart said. Most of the damage to the power lines was caused by lightning, said Keane. The storms were nowhere near ns strong as the weather in the same area two weeks ago, said Mark Tew, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. . Winds Thursday night averaged between 40 and 60 mph with gusts up to 81 mph in Saugatuck, Tew said. That's compared to storms two weeks ago that battered the area with winds gusting up to 135 mph. Bodies found in shallow grave TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The bodies of a couple missing since February were unearthed from'a single shallow grave in the remote desert near Three Points, leading to an arrest warrant. Farah Armstrong, 22, and Frank Williams, 24, last were seen on Feb. 19 leaving a friend's home. Shad Armstrong, who is sought in their death, is said to have lured his sister and her fiance into the desert by promising to repay a minor debt. A search warrant released Friday alleges he then killed them with a shotgun. ' Police said Shad Armstrong, his girlfriend, Russette Medina, and their two daughters have not been seen since Feb. 23, when they were believed to be leaving town for Bad Axe, Mich., a small town about 100 miles north of Detroit. . ' Police said Shad Armstrong is sought on two counts of first-degree murder. . Around the House (Continued from Page 1) On St. Patrick's Day, I remember the green shamrocks on your white butcher apron and how you would wish your customers "Top of the Morning." • . : On your birthday, I remember you said the reason you lived HO long was because of a "good woman and a glass of brandy." On Thanksgiving I remember how you brought home extra tur- kjsy; legs; and convinced my kids that you had a special turkey with six legs. At Christmas time, I remember your apron smeared with Connelly's Tom and Jerry Batter, and how hard you worked. And every October I remember how you asked me to pray for you. Ido. Sunday is Father's Day. If your dad is still with you, put your arms around him in person, by phone or by letter. And dads, don't worry if it's mushy, say, "I love you." For summer parties, wedding showers and family reunions, try this Cheese Log, which is a favorite of my sister-in-law in Superi- or. Mix 'together: 8 ounces cream cheese '/i cup stuffed green olives, chopped '/» parmesan cheese (canned or' fresh cut) 1 tablespoon horse radish Shape into a log and roll in a small package* of chipped beef, cut fine. Refrigerate and serve ' with crackers. If you have a story, idea, corrf- ment or recipe, please share it with us at Around the House with Jan, 416 Amygdaloid, Ontonagon. MI 49953. Benefit effort led by church (Continued from Page 1) Daniels, his wife Patsy, and three daughters are in Ann Arbor. The address for cards is University of Michigan Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, 7-D North, Room 32, Ann Arbor 48109. Donations to the fund may be made at the State Bank of Ewen, P.O. Box 290, Ewen 49925. Remembering Our Dads Charles Edwards and William Lintonen on Father's Day We Love and Miss You. Their Families MARQUETTE 'GENERAL HOSPITAL GOGEBIC RANGE PLAYERS present THE STARS COME OUT celebrating the 70tlt Anniversary of'the HISTORIC IRONWOOD THEATRE June 26-28, 1998 7:30 p.m. nUfck it thf Ironwood TVttr* oHict wxJ Parking during < rnstriH lit 11 We want to minimize the inconvenience to our patients, their families and visitors. During our renovation, we would like to encourage patients and visitors to: • park in Parking Lor A or the Parking Deck • use the skywalk to enter and exit the hospital • call ahead for our Escort Service If you have special needs - 1 -800-562-9753 ext. 3302 • call our Patient Assistance Center with questions or concerns - 1 -800-562-9753 ext. 7700 • ask any employee for assistance MARQUETTE General Hospital U ! I. I t > \ \ I \| I I > I < 580 W. College • Morquette, Ml 49855 Visit our websJte at Thonk you for your patience ood understanding during this flme of positive change. HELPING TO BUILD A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY

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