As Edwin Shneidman points out in his Ten Commonalities of Suicide, “The common purpose of suicide is to seek a solution.” The problem a suicidal person is trying to solve, according to Shneidman, is how to escape from psychache, which Shneidman defines as “intolerable emotion, unbearable pain, unacceptable anguish … [that] cannot be abated by means that were previously successful” (emphasis added). In other words, from the point of view of someone who is earnestly considering killing himself or herself, the pain from which suicide would provide escape is not temporary.

Please take the time to read this newsletter from GCRMC, it could help you help someone you know….

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Gerald Champion strives to be your resource for supportive, high-quality and compassionate health care – focusing on both your physical and mental health. After many long months of increased stress and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise. Thoughts of suicide are real and can impact people at almost any age. Did you know suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in New Mexico? It is even more concerning that it is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 and the third leading cause for ages 35-44.

Many within our community are struggling with mental health challenges and, in some cases, this can lead to suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable, and understanding the risk factors and warning signs is important because it better prepares us to help others in crisis.

How to help prevent suicide:

·         Be aware. Look for warning signs such as withdrawing from family and friends, talking about feeling hopeless, feeling like a burden to others, planning self-harm, lack of energy, anger, agitation (combative behavior), crying, changing eating and sleep patterns and irritability.·         Speak up. If you see warning signs, reach out and talk to the person. Talking not only helps us feel more connected to others but may also be the critical first step toward getting help. Take time to ask how others are feeling and genuinely listen to their answers.·         Always take signs or talk of suicide seriously. If someone has a plan to end their life, do not leave them alone. Keep them safe until they connect with the help they need or elevate your concern to emergency services, ensuring their safety and well-being. For help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
If you or a loved one has a mental health concern, you can contact our inpatient behavioral health unit during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (575) 446-5300 or after hours at (575) 446-5310. If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts and are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, please come to the Emergency Department. We have a team of behavioral health specialists ready to help you.
Our Behavioral Health Unit Cares for the Whole Person – Physically and Mentally

The Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral Health program at Gerald Champion provides individualized treatment for adults who suffer from emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders. Treatment is supervised by a psychiatrist and provided by a team that includes master’s level clinicians and mental health providers.

We treat anyone 18 years or older who is experiencing physical or emotional stressors, a decline in mental health or has found less intensive treatment options unsuccessful.
Our inpatient unit offers acute inpatient treatment for individuals with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Our outpatient program provides intensive outpatient treatment in the least restrictive environment and patients return to their homes each evening. We also offer medication management services.

Our goal is to restore optimum mental and physical health, alleviate symptoms that interfere with the patient’s ability to function, support the integrity of the family and maximize independence. Click here for more information on our comprehensive behavioral health program.
Recover Close to Home at the Rehabilitation Center of Alamogordo

After experiencing a serious medical event, such as a stroke, heart attack, joint replacement or orthopedic injury, our inpatient rehabilitation center will help you return home sooner and with greater independence. Our Rehabilitation Center of Alamogordo is designed to meet your medical and rehabilitative needs, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, wound care and dietary planning. Learn more about our services in the video below.

Ovarian Cancer

I know of one local woman who was recently diagnosed with a UTI and it actually turned out to be ovarian cancer. Please take your symptoms seriously…there is no time to waste if there’s any chance it is this killer.

Nadia Chaudhri, seen in a 2019 faculty photo provided by Concordia University, began experiencing symptoms right before the start of the pandemic.Woman with terminal ovarian cancer shares symptoms – TODAYWoman diagnosed with ovarian cancer was first treated with antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. Doctor describes vague warning signs of the


(AlamoShape note: See the article below from Menno Henselmans…The research has been out for years, but it’s hard to get people to understand that doing your workouts, especially cardio, on an empty stomach first thing in the morning does not get you better fat loss results. You may prefer to do it that way for other reasons, but the science does not back up fasted cardio. Think about it this way…is your goal to have no bodyfat or is it to have a better muscle to fat ratio? You can’t maintain or build muscle by starving it.)

“Does fasted cardio burn more fat as fuel?

Yes, at least under some circumstances.

Does this mean you lose more body fat from it?

No. This can be hard to get your head around, but greater fatty acid oxidation does not equal more adipose tissue loss. Even if you oxidize fewer fatty acids when fed, you’ll typically burn more glucose. That generally means you’ll have to resynthesize more glycogen afterwards, leaving less glucose for other bodily functions or fat storage.
So in the end only total energy expenditure and nutrient partitioning matter for your body composition change.

Nutrient partitioning is never favored in fasted conditions, because you may lose more protein (muscle) from training fasted. That leaves energy expenditure. This is also not increased. It may be decreased if the fasted state compromises your total work capacity or the anabolic potential of the workout, as protein synthesis costs energy.

A new study by Rodrigues et al. confirms a now significant body of evidence that fasted exercise does not improve fat loss. It also did not improve health biomarkers.

So if you exercise primarily for fat loss (e.g. cardio), you don’t have to do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.”

We are into the last half of the long month of September training which ends on Saturday, Oct 2. Our last few days of cancelled training are Sat Sept 25 and Fri Oct 1. On Tues Sept 28 we will have morning training and Step, but no evening training. For those of you who are not vaccinated or others who want to get in an extra workout, please continue to contact me about sneaking in a training during off hours. 

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