Message from Dr. Karen Relucio, Health Officer
September marks Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide has become a public health issue, as suicide rates are rising in every state in the country and it is one of the top causes of premature death in Napa County. Suicide has hit home for me personally; I lost a nephew who died by suicide 9 years ago and my niece was recently hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Many of us know family, friends or patients that have died by suicide. The good news is that suicide is preventable both by the healthcare community and by community members who care.
September is also the start of flu vaccination season, where Public Health will hold several free flu clinics in the community. Additionally, September marks National Preparedness month and is a reminder to encourage you to please join the Napa County Medical Reserve Corps.