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25th Anniversary Dinner & 14th Annual Farm Fare, Stonewall Farm

25th Anniversary Dinner Nov. 20
It's been 25 years and Stonewall Farm is ready to celebrate!
Join us at a bountiful Farming to Fine Dining dinner, Thursday, November 20th at 6 PM.
Register and buy your tickets using the form below or call the farm at 357-7278.

14th Annual Farm Fare, Nov. 21 & 22
Friday, November 21,  4 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, November 22, 9 am - 3 pm


Moco Arts Performances

The Universe and Other Stuff
Tweens Musical Theatre
December 7, 2014

The Nutcracker
School of Dance
December 19, 20 & 21, 2014

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
Storytime Theatre
January 11, 2015

Peter Pan
Teens Musical Theatre
January 17, 2015

Join the Keene Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28th

Get ready to ring in the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Friday, November 28th at 5:30 pm at the Central Square! Once again the Kiwanis Club of Keene will be hosting a night of entertainment for the whole family – especially the kids. We’ve got lots planned for this special event.

The program will feature holiday music provided by the Keene Brass Quintet and the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, who will lead everyone in the crowd in some caroling. Mayor Kendall Lane will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and then Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive escorted by the Keene Fire Department. We hope everyone will bring a bell to help welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus but if you don’t, come by our membership tent to get one of the bells we purchased especially for the celebration!  Santa has agreed to sit with each child and listen to their Christmas Wish List. Hot chocolate and homemade cookies prepared by the Kiwanis Builders Club at Saint Joseph Regional School and the Surry Village Charter School will be served  to keep everyone warm and cozy and the Kiwanis Key Clubs from MRHS and KHS will help to make sure that every detail of the evening is perfect. The program will start at 5:30 and we hope Santa arrives by 6:30 and leads us in the countdown to turn on the tree lights shortly thereafter.

The Kiwanis Club wishes to especially thank Fenton Family Dealerships, who has once again stepped forward to be our major financial sponsor. We also had many downtown merchants who supported us. If you see a “Proud Supporter” poster displayed in a window, please thank that merchant for making a donation.  We hope to make this a fun and uplifting evening for the entire family and a great start to the holiday season.  Don’t forget to bring a bell!

There will be many thanks to be given that evening and after the event but we want to personally thank the members of Kiwanis for working on organizing this event.

Samaritans Share

History of Samaritans
Samaritans began in 1953 in London, founded by a vicar called Chad Varah.
Throughout his career Chad had offered counseling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people struggling to cope and possibly contemplating suicide.
The initial idea for Samaritans came from the first funeral Chad conducted early on in his career: a girl aged 14 had started her period, but having no one to talk to believed that she had a sexually transmitted disease and took her own life.
Chad was immensely moved by this senseless loss of life, "I might have dedicated myself to suicide prevention then and there, providing a network of people you could 'ask' about anything, however embarrassing, but I didn't come to that until later".

Samaritans Around the Globe
Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility.  With over 20,000 volunteers based in 201 branches across 5 nations, we’re actively involved in a community near you.
We reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities.
We also promote awareness of our service at local social venues, community events and music festivals.

Keene Mission
As Samaritans, we strive to reduce the incidence and impact of suicide through programs that befriend, support and educate the community while offering anonymity and treating all individuals with care, dignity and respect.

Our Befriending/Hotlines
"Befriending" is when one ordinary human being offers compassion to another at a time of crisis or loneliness.
It is both more and less than ordinary friendship.  It is more because it guarantees absolute confidentiality.  It is less because it is not mutual: the volunteer does not speak about him/herself.  The relationship is limited to the duration and extent of the caller’s need.  Advice is not given.  Action is not taken or imposed without the consent of the caller.  
The crisis hotlines are available to anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed or suicidal.  We answer over 15,000 calls a year to our Keene and NH Toll Free hotlines.  These calls are all answered locally by Samaritan volunteers who are supported by volunteer Home Leaders, requiring us to have at least two volunteers serving simultaneously.

Our Programs
•    Confidential and anonymous crisis hotlines for adults and teens
•    Education to area schools and employers on suicide prevention
•    Safe Place a weekly confidential support group for individuals who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide
•    Free educational and outreach programs for the community
•    Deeply meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals and orgs
•    Academic Internships with KSC, FPU, and RVCC

In Conclusion
Samaritans have six branches in the US.  They are located in Boston, Cape Cod, Keene, Merrimack Valley, New York City and Providence.  Samaritans branches operate independently without governance or financial support from an overarching organization.  The Keene branch was founded in 1981, over 30 years ago.  We are a tiny agency with only two part-time employees, an Executive Director and a Program Coordinator.  Our annual budget is under $85K, and is supported in part by the Monadnock United Way.  We are deeply indebted to our Samaritan volunteers and donors who enable us to serve the needs of the Monadnock Region and beyond.
Carmen Trafton
Program Coordinator
P 603-357-5510
F 603-357-5506

Facts and Figures
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's latest data on suicide is taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2012.
Suicide Deaths
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2012 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 40,600 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans (Figure 1). In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.9 minutes.
After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death.
 To measure changes in the prevalence of suicide over time, the CDC calculates the country’s suicide rate each year. The suicide rate expresses the number of suicide deaths that occur for every 100,000 people in the population for which the rate is reported.
From 1986 to 2000, suicide rates in the U.S. dropped from 12.5 to 10.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in the population. Over the next 12 years, however, the rate generally increased and by 2012 stood at 12.5 deaths per 100,000 (Figure 2).
 Are Suicide Rates Still Rising?
CDC figures for death by suicide are currently lagging by more than a year. Information is not yet available for 2013 or 2014.
Who is Most at Risk for Death by Suicide?
Suicide death rates vary considerably among different groups of people. The CDC reports suicide rates by four key demographic variables: age, sex, race/ethnicity, and geographic region/state.

  • Suicide Rates by Age

In 2012, the highest suicide rate (19.88) was among people 45 to 59 years old. The second highest rate (17) occurred in those 75 years and older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2012, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 10.9 (Figure 3).

  • Suicide Rates by Sex

For many years, the suicide rate has been about 4 times higher among men than among women (Figure 4). In 2012, men had a suicide rate of 20.3, and women had a rate of 5.4. Of those who died by suicide in 2012, 78.3% were male and 21.7% were female.
Suicide Rates by Race/Ethnicity
White males accounted for 65% of all suicides in 2012.
 In 2012, the highest U.S. suicide rate (14.1) was among Whites and the second highest rate (10.8) was among American Indians and Alaska Natives (Figure 5). Much lower and roughly similar rates were found among Asians and Pacific Islanders (6.2), Blacks (5.5) and Hispanics (5.8).
Note that the CDC records Hispanic origin separately from the primary racial or ethnic groups of White, Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander, since individuals in all of these groups may also be Hispanic.

  • Suicide Rates by Geographic Region/State

In 2012, Six U.S. states, all in the West, had age-adjusted suicide rates in excess of 18: Wyoming (29.8), Alaska (23.0), Montana (22.5), New Mexico (21.3), Utah (21.0), Colorado (19.5) Idaho (19.1), and Nevada (18.2). Three locales had age-adjusted suicide rates lower than 9 per 100,000: District of Columbia (5.8), New Jersey (7.4), and New York (8.2)  (Figure 6).
Suicide Methods
In 2012, firearms were the most common method of death by suicide, accounting for a little more than half (50.9%) of all suicide deaths. The next most common methods were suffocation (including hangings) at 24.8% and poisoning at 16.6% (Figure 7).

  • Economic Impact of Completed Suicides

The economic cost of suicide death in the U.S. was estimated in 2005 to be $34.6 billion annually. When adjusted for inflation alone, this number rises to $42.2 billion. With the burden of suicide falling most heavily on adults of working age, the cost to the economy results almost entirely from lost wages and work productivity.
Suicide Attempts
No complete count is kept of suicide attempts in the U.S.; however, the CDC gathers data each year from hospitals on non-fatal injuries resulting from self-harm behavior.
In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide. Together, those harming themselves made an estimated total of more than 650,000 hospital visits related to injuries sustained in one or more separate incidents of self-harm behavior.
Because of the way these data are collected, we are not able to distinguish intentional suicide attempts from non-intentional self-harm behaviors. But we know that many suicide attempts go unreported or untreated, and surveys suggest that at least one million people in the U.S. each year engage in intentionally inflicted self-harm.
As with suicide deaths, rates of attempted suicide vary considerably among demographic groups. While males are 4 times more likely than females to die by suicide, females attempt suicide 3 times as often as males. The ratio of suicide attempts to suicide death in youth is estimated to be about 25:1, compared to a about 4:1 in the elderly.

  • Economic Impact of Suicide Attempts

Non-fatal injuries due to self-harm cost an estimated $2 billion annually for medical care. Another $4.3 billion is spent for indirect costs, such as lost wages and productivity.

  • Statistics

CDC Suicide Prevention Website
The suicide prevention webpage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes a variety of data, reports, awareness materials, and other resources related to suicide and suicide prevention. The CDC also has a public inquiry line at (404) 639-3534.
CDC Wisqars
The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on completed suicides and self-inflicted injuries come from their Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). WISQARS is an interactive, online database that provides statistics related to fatal and nonfatal injury, and is the most authoritative source of suicide-related data. Because it takes time to collect and ensure the accuracy of the data, the data found there may be from two to three years earlier.
World Health Organization
The WHO offers statistical information on suicide in the United States and other countries.

  • Clinical Information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health maintains MedlinePlus as a source of medical information for the public. MedlinePlus’s suicide health topics page includes overviews, current suicide information, research, and reference links. The page includes information about treatments and medications, definition of common terms, and medical videos and illustrations. You will also find links there to the latest research, and to information about clinical trials.

  • Standard Speeches
  • Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time

Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time is a PowerPoint presentation with talking points.
The presentation provides an overview of the prevalence and risk factors for depression and suicide, dispels popular myths, and highlights AFSP's suicide prevention research and education programs. It includes practical advice for those who know someone who may be contemplating suicide.
Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time

  • Suicide and the Elderly

Suicide and the Elderly is a PowerPoint presentation with talking points that addresses suicide among older adults.
The presentation identifies key risk factors for suicide in the elderly, including depression and other psychiatric illnesses, and discusses treatment options.
Suicide and the Elderly

  • References

Books About Suicide

Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative
A thorough overview of the causes, prevention, and treatment of suicide in the United States written by an expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Available for purchase, or for free downloaded from the National Academies Press website.
Goldsmith S.K., Pellmar T.C., Kleinman A.M., & Bunney W.E. (Eds.). (2002). Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, 2nd Edition (2012)

Expanded edition from the previous one, following the sequence of events from assessment, through treatment, to prevention and the aftermath of suicide. Available from major online retailers and at
Simon R.I. & Hales R.E. (Eds.) (2012). The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicde Assessment and Management (2nd ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
The Final Months: A Study of the Lives of 134 Persons Who Committed Suicide
A clinical study attempting to uncover the events that preceded 134 suicide deaths in St. Louis over a single year. The book shares information and observations by the survivors of those who died by suicide. Available online.
Robins E. (1981). The Final Months: A Study of the Lives of 134 Persons Who Committed Suicide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Written by Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, this book addresses the history, causes, treatment, and prevention of suicide, often through the lens of the author’s own struggle with mood disorder and suicide. Available  online and in bookstores.
Jamison K.R. (2000). Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Books about Psychiatry and Mental Illness
Demystifying Psychiatry
Designed for non-medical audiences, including patients and their families, this book offers a straightforward explanation of psychiatry and the way in which it is practiced, largely free of jargon or technical terms. The book emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and of taking a pragmatic approach to clinical care. Available online and in bookstores.
Zorumski C.F. & Rubin E. (2009). Demystifying Psychiatry. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders
A groundbreaking survey of treatments and preventions written by a distinguished group of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. The book addresses stigma and the role of primary-care providers in diagnosing and treating adolescent mental health problems. Available online, in bookstores, and available to read for free at the Oxford University Press website.
Evans D.L. Foa E.B. Gur R.E. Hendin H. O'Brien C.P. Seligman M.E. & Walsh B.T. (Eds.). (2005). Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
The Medical Basis of Psychiatry, 3rd Edition
Meant to provide the busy clinician, psychiatric resident, and medical student with current information on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Focuses on the biologic and medical aspects of psychiatry. Available online and in bookstores.
Fatemi, S.H. & Clayton P.J. (Eds.) (2008). The Medical Basis of Psychiatry (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Humana Press.
Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families
Aninterdisciplinary, collaborative effort by 18 psychiatrists and pastoral theologians to provide accurate information on the medical aspects of mental illness. The book seeks to interpret these illnesses from a faith perspective and makes suggestions about effective ministry. Available online and in bookstores.
Albers R.H., Meller W.H. & Thurber S.D. (Eds.). (2012). Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
Edited by Nell Casey, and with an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, this collection of essays brings together more than twenty authors from Ann Beattie to William Styron to speak vividly and openly about depression and provide a complete portrait of the illness. Available online and in bookstores.
Casey N. (Ed.). (2001). Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


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