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If you are close to someone who has experienced a recent suicidal crisis and who may not be fully recovered. How do you think about their risk and what kind of support can you provide?  It is likely that you or someone else played a key role in encouraging their pursuit of urgent mental health care and/or a formal suicide risk assessment. Regardless of what the risk was assessed to be at the time, it is important to know suicide risk is dynamic and subject to change based on a variety of factors. 

Factors Influencing Continuing Suicide Risk Following an Acute Crisis

  • Untreated depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing stressor that is unresolved and/or subject to intensify
  • Persistent problems with sleep or ability to function
  • Unrelenting hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or substances
  • Intermittent or persistent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Access to lethal means to harm oneself

Supporting Those with Elevated Risk of Suicide

You may have had an initial conversation with your family member, friend, or coworker about their crisis and your connection may have supplied an important dose of hope and encouragement.  It is vital that you convey your continuing availability and support, that they are not traversing this difficult time alone.  Your listening and empathic understanding during this time is indispensable.  Your time spent with them will afford you the opportunity to encourage initiating or sustaining their participation in treatment (medication and psychotherapy have strong evidence bases for reducing suicide risk), watching for signs of acute increased risk for suicide (establishes a basis for urgent evaluation/care), reminding them of reasons to live, and assisting with lethal means safety. 

Lethal Means Safety

Restricting access to the available means to harm oneself has been shown to reduce suicides.  Studies have shown that people have a preference for a given means and that many do not seek out other methods if a preferred means is not available.  The time between thinking of suicide and acting on it can span minutes, but also subside as quickly.  Restricting access to lethal means…


Samsung Brings Galaxy XCover6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro to US

Samsung announces two rugged smart devices—the Galaxy XCover6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro—to support U.S. frontline and field workers.

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The global mobile and tablet market has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years, with Samsung and Apple as key players. While Apple is the leader in the U.S. phone and tablet market, Samsung’s popularity has been on the rise in the past decade, placing them not far behind.

A recent Statista report revealed that Samsung’s smartphone sales in the U.S. market is at 30%, while its tablet market share in the U.S. has risen from 7.3% in the last quarter of 2012 to 18.1% in the second quarter of 2022.

Aiming to push further into the U.S. smartphone and tablet market, Samsung Electronics America has announced its latest 5G-enabled rugged Android devices—the Galaxy XCover6 Pro and the Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro.

Devices to support demanding business environments

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro smartphone and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro tablet are intended to raise workers’ productivity, especially those working in high-risk work environments and critical-mission industries. These devices are engineered to support today’s most demanding businesses with enhanced mobility, 5G connectivity, end-to-end security, ruggedness and durability.

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With ruggedness and smart connectivity at the core of both devices, Samsung claims the products are laden with capabilities that can support workers in tough environments.

“We built the Galaxy XCover6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro with frontline and field workers in mind—including the unique challenges they face on the job,” announced Chris Balcik, vice president and head of mobile B2B at Samsung Electronics America. “With durable, water-resistant designs, replaceable batteries and 5G connectivity capabilities, these devices help frontline and field workers get the job done from anywhere there’s a connection, whether they’re on their feet, in trucks or at stores.”

With this announcement, Samsung hopes to meet the mobile technology needs of frontline workers in demanding industries such as construction,…


FEMA Continues Hurricane Fiona Response Efforts: Sept. 24 Updates

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 21, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration. That declaration now authorizes FEMA to provide individual assistance to survivors in 63 municipalities and public assistance and hazard mitigation in all 78 Puerto Rico municipalities.

Five additional municipalities were added to the declaration on Sept. 23, allowing eligible survivors in Arecibo, Barceloneta, Cabo Rojo, Loíza and Manatí to apply for federal assistance. We have teams on the ground conducting damage assessments and using data obtained from satellites to expedite our review. More municipalities may be approved for Individual Assistance as assessments are completed and adjudicated.

Survivors who live in the 63 declared municipalities can apply for federal assistance at, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or by using the FEMA App. Survivors using a relay service, such as a video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, can give the FEMA operator the number for that service. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are in affected municipalities, conducting outreach and working to help survivors apply for assistance.

FEMA approved Critical Needs Assistance for disaster survivors who have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling. Immediate or critical needs are life-saving and life-sustaining items. This assistance is a one-time payment of $700 per household. Since declaration was approved, more than 168,000 survivors applied and FEMA has awarded $40 million as we continue to process applications.

FEMA is committed to making assistance available to all eligible applicants. The agency expanded the type of documentation needed to prove homeownership and occupancy, making it easier to apply for assistance. These include motor vehicle registrations, documentation from schools, federal or state benefit providers, social service organizations or court documents. Survivors with heirship properties, mobile homes or travel trailers who do not have the traditional documentation of ownership verification may also self-certify ownership.



Mahsa Amini death: Iran restricts internet as protest deaths mount


Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets, as protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police rock the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.

Since Friday, demonstrations have taken place in at least 40 cities nationwide, including the capital Tehran, with protesters demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women as well as an end to compulsory wearing of the hijab.

Dozens of protesters have reportedly been killed in the resulting clashes with security forces.

CNN cannot independently verify the death toll –  a precise figure is impossible for anyone outside the Iranian government to confirm – and different estimates have been given by opposition groups, international rights organizations and local journalists. Amnesty International said Friday that at least 30 people, including four children, had died; according to state media the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 35 people have died.

People light a fire during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini in Tehran on September 21, 2022.

Authorities hope that by restricting the internet they can control the protests – the latest in a wave that has swept Iran in recent years. They started with the Green movement in 2009 over contested election results and more recently the 2019 protests sparked by a rise in fuel prices. Hundreds were believed to have been killed in the violent crackdown three years ago and thousands injured, according to estimates released by the UN and rights groups.

But this year’s protests are different – in their scope, scale and unprecedented feminist nature. There is also mobilization across the socio-economic divide. A young generation of Iranians are rising up on the streets against decades of repression – arguably bolder than ever.