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07/18 - Preventing Suicide

How is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem?

The recent high-profile deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have brought the issue of suicide into the national spotlight. In Louisiana, suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death and third among its 15 to 34-year-old residents. Sixteen percent of Louisiana’s 677 suicides in 2016 were military veterans.

So, how is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem? What signs should friends and family members look for to prevent someone from taking their own life? And how will the state’s newly created Zero Suicide Initiative help individuals from going down that path? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Preventing Suicide” Wednesday, July 25 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, July 24.)

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-275-TALK (8255) – Veterans press 1

Veteran Suicide Prevention Resources – Provided by Veterans Administration

La. Department of Health Suicide Prevention Services

Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services – Serving Lafayette and surrounding area

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Louisiana Chapter

Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center – 225-924-3900

LSU Mitigation of Suicidal Behavior Lab – Conducts research to inform and create suicide prevention efforts

Louisiana suicide statistics – Compiled by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

CDC Suicide Fact Sheet

Training on responding – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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