suicide

Mohave County

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday declared the county a Second Amendment sanctuary. It’s the first Arizona jurisdiction to pass such a measure. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Rural counties in Arizona have more than double the rates of suicide than those in urban areas. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials have begun an effort to increase mental health and other services outside of Arizona’s biggest cities. 

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Federal wildland firefighting authorities are increasing mental health resources following an apparent increase in firefighter suicides in recent years.

Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say it's difficult to track the number of suicides because many federal agencies can't tally fatalities outside of work hours and some families don't want the cause released. But officials say there appears to be a jump in known suicides, so efforts are being boosted to get wildland firefighters help.

Authorities say a man has died after jumping from an interstate overpass about 10 miles west of Flagstaff.

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Teachers, counselors and principals in public school districts and charter schools must receive suicide awareness and prevention training at least every three years under legislation signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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