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July 03, 2021

Suicidal Thoughts & A Surprising Group Is Targeted by Scammers
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There’s a disturbing trend among young people: A drastic rise in thoughts of suicide and self-harm. We’ll hear from an expert who explains some of the possible reasons. Then, what age group is most likely to fall for telephone scams? If you guessed the elderly, guess again! We’ll bring you the details.
Episode Segments:
Suicidal Thoughts on the Rise
Gregory Plemmons, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University led a study that found the percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the United States has doubled over the past decade. He talked about the possible reasons for such a steep increase, what ages are at the greatest risk, and how parents can recognize signs of suicidal thoughts in their children.
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Millennials & Phone Scams
Jeff Stalnaker is President and Co-Founder of First Orion, a provider of data and phone call transparency solutions. Mr. Stalnaker’s company commissioned a survey that found that Millennials are more likely than any other generation to give away personal information to scammers over the phone. He said nearly 40 percent of those surveyed have been contacted by someone impersonating the IRS. He talked about other current scams, and offered advice on how to avoid falling prey to scammers.
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Blood Donation
Summertime is one of the most challenging times of the year for blood donations. Kara Lusk-Dudley, Public Affairs Manager, Biomedical Communications, American Red Cross explained why, and outlined the process that a new blood donor can expect. She explained how to locate a donation center or blood drive nearby. She noted that the Red Cross is also in greater need of organizations to host blood drives during the summer months.
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