Alexandra

In the light of the recent high-profile suicides. I thought it was a good time to bring the subject of Mental Health to this forefront. Kate Spade suicide was a surprise to me. As a young adult, it was the first designer purchase that I made. I looked up to Kate, never meeting her in person. Looked up to her as a fashion Icon, the female that went up against the “Big Boys”. She had made a name for herself, literally using her own name. When I heard the news, I had to verify that it was true. I reached out to a friend of mine Vanessa, who is involved in the marketing world and asked her if she had heard. She had confirmed the tragic news.
Knowing she had what most people would think is everything, she didn’t think she had anything at all. So, is this is what depression looks like? I am writing this article because I believe that the mental health issue in this country is a real epidemic and with much little help and support are given to those in need. Boys have a higher risk of suicide than girls. I have always been open with my boys. Yes, boys need to be able to speak and allow their feelings to be heard. Too many times I hear, “toughen up kid” No, there is no difference between depression in girls or boys. The feelings of depression are the same regardless of gender.
Hopefully this article will shed some light on the subject and broaden our thought process and get people motivated to speak about it. I see depression and anxiety everywhere. Is it the fact that we are all forced to be driven to a point where it’s too late? I see kindergarten children bringing homework that stresses out their parents, can you imagine what it’s doing to our children? We have become a drive by society. Instant gratification, no longer waiting for things. Getting upset when something isn’t given to us right away. Are we just a righteous society? Are we pushing people to their “limits” because we all have limits. Have we gone too far?
Let’s talk about depression and the signs. Rarely do people ask for help due to the stigma that still exists in 2018.

Facts About Suicide in the US

The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.        
Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.

Suicide Rates by Age

In 2016, the highest suicide rate (19.72) was among adults between 45 and 54 years of age. The second highest rate (18.98) occurred in those 85 years or older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2016, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 13.15.

What Is Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
How can we help and what are the warning signs? The warning signs are below but, that doesn’t mean there is always a sign. Be vigilant.
Warning signs are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself;
Looking for a way to kill oneself;
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;
Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain;
Talking about being a burden to others;
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs;
Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless;
Sleeping too little or too much;
Withdrawing or feeling isolated;
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and
Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you see changes in your friends, loved ones talk about it. Let them know you are there for them. Let them know they are worthy. Have a suicide hotline readily available. I have a magnet that was given to my son by his college on our fridge. We as a society need to change the stigma of mental health. Our children are depending on it. Our children will turn into adults that may need help one day. Let’s teach how to ask for that help.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Lifeline (USA) at 1-800-273-8255 OR Text SIGNS to741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.

References:
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Fifth edition. 2013. www.save.org

If you are traveling for Spring Break, this is a must read!

So, spring break is coming up next week for most of the school aged children.  It is so much fun for them to get out and forget about school and really enjoy just being a kid.  Though we all know as parents, it becomes a stressful time to prepare for this great trip.  Maybe your headed off to Disney or Mexico.  What a fabulous time you are all going to have.  But, oh wait did you ever have that pit in your stomach, where you turn around for one split second and now you can’t find your child?  I know I have.  It’s the worst feeling in the world.  You start by staying calm but then reality hits! I can’t see my child, what if he wandered away, what if a stranger took him/her?  What do you do next?  Well, there are security officers that will help you look for your child. Disney’s general policy is to not enact this system until 20 minutes have passed to be sure that the child is indeed lost.  Through my research a child has never not been recovered and returned safely while in Disney.  However, not everyone is as precise as Disney World when it comes to protocols.  Here are some tips to use and go over with your children:

  •  A general instruction for small children is “Stay where You can see Me.”
  •  A stroller is perfect for corralling a small child. Put a distinctive ribbon on your stroller so it will not also be lost!
  • Put some appropriate ID (yours and theirs) in a pocket, a tag on a lanyard around the neck, or pinned on a jacket. Cell phone numbers would be useful. This will also ID you to the cast member who returns your child.
  • Where there are multiple older children, institute the buddy system.

Our GPS Tracker gives you precise location to where your child is and with two way voice you can speak to your child.  It’s an amazing watch that will give you peace of mind while on vacation.  Where ever you decide to travel take us with you!  Safety is priceless!  Have a great vacation and bring back some great insights to share with us!

Is Social Media coming between you and your family time?

I think we have all sat around and wasted a full day on social media.  Has it gotten out of control?  Are you able to unplug? In the next few weeks, I am going to do research on how social media has affected our lives.  I became curious after  speaking with few friends, my husband and my oldest son who I think is a brilliant man, social media has impacted our lives. What is your idea of unplugging?  Do you all ready do this?  If you would like to be a part of my research, email me your story at statmedalert@gmail.com.

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Relying on your cell phone during emergency crisis, why it may be a bad idea.

Last weekend, many of my friends and family decided to attend that unprecedented event that swept through downtown Washington, dominating the news and headlines. No, not that one. I am talking about the Women’s March on Washington.

Originally planned and permitted for 250,000 people, a respectable number to be sure, it ballooned to at least twice that, and probably more depending on whom you ask. And while I’m not sure if recently inaugurated President Donald Trump heard the protesters’ message, I do know one thing: He wouldn’t have been able to take a call from them.

I’ve been testing cellular phone technology for a very long time. I used to be The Washington Post’s “Can you hear me now?” guy who would head out once a year armed with cellphones from every network (there were a couple more back then).

I would spend the next several days visiting 58 sites around the region, everywhere from the Navy Yards to a Maryland shopping mall to White’s Ferry out in the wilds of Loudoun County. I would stop at each location and make a series of calls on each phone to a recorded line so I could monitor the call quality and success rates. The results were published in a big four-page color spread in the middle of the paper each year, complete with a map of my results and a feature I would write about my experiences on the trial.

This article was written by John Breeden II is an award-winning journalist and reviewer with over 20 years of experience covering technology and government. He is currently the CEO of the Tech Writers Bureau, a group that creates technological thought leadership content for organizations of all sizes. Twitter: @LabGuys

To read the entire article please use this link  http://www.nextgov.com/ideas/2017/01/why-relying-cellphones-terrible-idea-crisis/134847/

Why we are setting our Goals for 2018 higher than ever!

With security in an  inconsistent world on the forefront of every ones’ mind today.  Medical Alert Devices are not longer for the elderly.  Here at STAT Medical we are working diligently to change the perception of these devices.  In this blog you will find some disturbing statistics.  That is not to alarm anyone but bring education awareness to everyone.  In this year, we will be working on a new device that will create peace of mind for the entire family.

  • Parents sending their children to college
  • Adult children that are left to take care of the elderly parents with dementia.
  • Parents with special needs children.
  • Domestic Violence victims that needs silent immediate help without their attacker seeing them reach for a cell phone.

These are the target markets that I am focused on:

  1. Campus Safety
  2. Special Needs Community
  3. Senior Population
  4. Domestic Violent

Statistics are compelling with these target markets.

CAMPUS VIOLENCE

Stats: The number of shootings increased 23 percent to 49 incidents during the 2006- 07 to 2010-11 school years.

Source: https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/

 RAPES ON CAMPUS

One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college

More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault

63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes

Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

Roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings

Source: https://safeminds.org

ELDER CARE

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2014, the total cost of fall injuries was $31 billion. The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
  • Source: https://www.ncoa.org/

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

Source: https://ncadv.org/statistics

We will keep you updated as we progress to consistently give you and your family safety devices.

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Education is key!

There is a bigger picture, when choosing a medical alert company.  Today, I received a email from a potential client.   The customer posed the question, “Will your product work with WiFi without subscribing to the monthly service fee?” A great question to ask!  Here, at STAT Medical Alert we believe educating our customers is key.  Our mission statement is, “We create peace of mind for you and your entire family.”  Sales pitches and contracts are not a part of our verbiage.  My response to the customer was, “This is a safety device and our company’s #1 priority is your safety.  Sure it would work with WiFi, however what happens when your WiFi doesn’t work or worse, what happens to the service once you step out of your home?”  To the surprise of the customer, she hadn’t thought of that.  That is why you can always count on our company to provide you with accurate and responsible solutions.  We are constantly researching and testing our product line prior to offering it to clients.  We assess all of our clients on a personal basis, customizing an individual safety product for you.

5 Tips For Busy Moms Who Worry

As a mom of four boys, I find it hard to stay worry free. I wear many hats during the day – as a mom, my own boss, wife, friend. However, local networking allows me to connect with women who are going through similar issues.

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Is your child being BULLIED? What can you do?

We all know we would do anything to protect our children.  When our children are bullied to the point that they don’t want to attend school and it is affecting their health and well-being, this is a MAJOR issue.  When and how does a parent step in?  What can you do to protect your child?  You can’t be there with them at school.  However, with our MX-LOCare watch, you can be.  TWO-Way Voice communication, SOS button to call 3 emergency contacts, GPS Locator and an anti-locking device so NO ONE can remove it off you child.  The best part is it looks like a NORMAL Watch.  There is a secret to it.  We can divulge that by speaking to us.  Don’t let the bullies win, don’t let the schools sit back and do little to help your child.  Be your child’s advocate.  We are here to help you every step of the way.  Call us today for more information