Military Appreciation Fund Walk or Run – Saturday, August 19

Walk or Run August 19 with Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund!

WHO: Military, Veterans and their Families
WHAT: Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund!
WHEN: Saturday, August 19
WHERE: The event includes a 5K run and a 1-mile walk around Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling.
WHY: This event is free for all military veterans and their immediate families, Scouts, and kids 12 and under! (Everyone must register, even if free.) All participants receive this free event t-shirt.

HOW: Register on this link http://www.thankmntroops.org/announcements/2017-say-thanks-day

MMAF Say Thanks Day Flyer 2017.pdf

MMAF Say Thanks Day Copy.pdf

MVP Veteran Re-Careering Event

MVP Veteran Re-Careering Event

WHO: Military personnel in Transition from Service and Veterans
WHAT: Medtronic partner with MVPVets Second Veterans Re-careering Events
WHEN: August 17, 2017 11:30 Am – 2:00PM
WHERE: Medtronic Minneapolis 710 Medtronic Parkway Minneapolis MN 55432
WHY: to help provide career for transitioning Military Personnel
HOW: Contact Juliana Mercer, Managing Director MVPVets 619-363-1241

Email: JMercer@MVPvets.org

To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying

By Deborah Temkin


Last week, another story of a young person who died by suicide made headlines. As with the majority of articles covering youth suicides over the last decade, the story heavily focused on the role bullying may have played in precipitating the young girl’s death. While bullying could certainly have been a factor in this case (as an outside observer lacking all the facts, I can’t comment on this specific case), the same cannot be said about many incidents of youth suicide. Schools’ bullying prevention efforts are critically important. However, the continued narrative that youth suicide is caused by bullying may divert schools’ focus from solutions that would target more prevalent risk factors for suicide.

From 2007 to 2014, rates of deaths due to suicide among children ages 10 to 14 more than doubled, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is consistent with a more recent study of children’s hospital admissions of children ages 5 to 17 from 2008 to 2015, which found a similar increase. However, over the same time period, rates of bullying for youth ages 12 to 18 significantly declined, from 32 percent in 2007 reporting having been bullied, to 21 percent in 2015. While comparing these two data trends cannot negate a connection between bullying and suicide-and indeed recent data show that youth who have been bullied report higher rates of suicidal ideation-it does suggest that many cases of youth suicide are not a result of bullying.

An analysis of data for youth ages 11 to 15 from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which collects information from 18 states about all reported suicides including precipitating circumstances, found that in 2003 through 2014, only around 9 percent of cases specifically indicated that bullying was a factor leading to the suicide. The same number of cases reported school disciplinary problems (e.g., being suspended from school). However, over half the cases (56 percent) listed relationship issues, primarily with family or intimate dating partners, as a precipitating factor, and a similar percentage (52 percent) of youth were reported to have had mental health problems. The majority of youth suicides (60 percent) involved multiple precipitating factors.

We cannot prevent all incidents of youth suicide by only focusing on bullying. Instead, we must target the many potential risk factors involved. For many schools, this might seem like a daunting task considering the variety of potential issues involved- from bullying to school discipline, to mental and physical health supports, to family engagement. These issues, however, are interconnected.

By approaching suicide prevention holistically-the whole child-instead of focusing solely on a single risk factor such as bullying, we may be better able to stem the tide of youth suicide. Schools can help promote positive relationships between and among students and teachers. They can recognize the contribution of physical wellness to mental wellness. And, they can actively engage families with the school community. In doing so, schools will target many suicide risk factors at once and, by extension, create healthy, safe, nurturing environments where youth suicides may be less likely.

This blog was developed with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant 74616). The views reflected in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Site at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Read this blog post at childtrends.org

An update from Donor Connect

Good Afternoon Donor Connect Friends

It’s hard to believe we are already into the second full week of August. Before long we will be dealing with that S stuff and I’m not referring about sunshine unfortunately. With the changing in seasons I am anticipating an increased need for mobility equipment such as scooters so Veterans and their families can safely ambulate with poorer weather which will increase the demand on vehicle lifts to transport these items.

I wanted to thank everyone who helped with the extra request sent out last week for a more specialized electric wheelchair for a Veteran suffering from Windswept Deformity even with DAV National Conference going on I was overwhelmed with offers, emails, calls and information from many people. I am happy to say as of Friday a wheelchair was found and pick-up arrangements were being made.

There is still a notable request for a handicapped vehicle, if anyone has information or another organization that may be able to assist this Veteran please let me know so I can pass the information along.

Our requested items list is starting to grow, which is not due to the lack of equipment but a noted increase in requests from all over the state due to an up-tic of equipment placements. Thank you CVSO Offices and BTYR for referring Veterans and their families to me!

Yesterday I received a call from the Scott County VSO office at 10:49am about a wife of a Veteran interested in donating a scooter and it was placed with a Veteran pending pick-up by 12:57pm. There have been 13 equipment placements just since July 25th and many connections made through referring Veterans to the DAV Chapters/Members who run their own programs if they are geographically closer to the requestor.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from the information listed in this email or know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list please feel free to forward it to them or have them get in touch with me to be added to the mailing list.

Have a phenomenal day!

Donor Connect needed & available items.pdf

  • Stephanie Zeimetz
  • St. Cloud VA HSC
  • Donor Connect
  • (320)828-6761
  • stephanie@davmn.org
  • http://www.davmn.org

 

PBYR Supports Wellness 5K

Maybe not exactly like this but you get the general idea.

On August 4, 2017 PBYR delivered several cases of  water c/o Arden Hills FAC for Danelle Bybee, Minnesota State Coordinator – Contractor, Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) to assist 5K participants with hydration during the event.

PBYR Participates at Plymouth Home Depot’s Military Appreciation Day Event

PBYR greatly appreciated Kersten Beckstrom’s expert assistance at the Home Depot event on Saturday Aug 5th.  As a Board member she regularly contributes to the PBYR mission. We were able to visit  with fellow vendors and shared several tables with the Heinzen-Ditter VFW,  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the American Legion.   There was a  light stream of folks visiting our tables.

Several people decided to join our network on Saturday and will be added to our mail distribution list soon.  We received a very small amount of donations, however the real purpose of the event is for  PBYR to express appreciation to Vets and Service Members and support our partner Home Depot in the event.  Jim Heimerl expertly demonstrated flag folding and gave some history about handling the flag.

We gave out Girl Scout cookies  and chocolate candy at the event.  **Chocolate candy and warm weather may not be the best match—some kids really needed to be hosed down after the chocolate!! Suspect their parents will forever remember PBYR!