Monthly Archives: July 2010

Suicide Survivor Support Groups

A state -by-state listing of suicide survivor support groups published by the American Association of Suicidology can be viewed at www.suicidology.org.

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Resource Scan of Faith-based Materials Addressing Suicide Prevention

Created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in 2007, this report provides an account of faith-based resources related to suicide and mental illness. Included in the document is a detailed listing of all of the available resources including pamphlets, sermon … Continue reading

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Worried about a moody teen?, The Wall Street Journal, Jun. 29, 2010

n this article, the stories of several young people coping with depression and other psychiatric problems illustrate how challenging it can sometimes be to differentiate between normal teenage behavior and signs of mental illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics is … Continue reading

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Learn to facilitate a Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is offering training programs to help survivors of suicide loss learn the “how-to’s” of creating and facilitating a support group. This two-day program combines lecture, interactive discussion and role-playing with feedback. The training … Continue reading

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Working Minds: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace has been added to Section III of the BPR.

Developed by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, Working Minds features a facilitator’s guide and 30-minute training DVD designed to help workplace administrators and employees better understand and prevent suicide. Programs listed in Section III of the BPR address specific objectives … Continue reading

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Feds roll out new PTSD benefits for veterans, CNN, Jul. 12, 2010

New regulations just announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs will make it easier for veterans to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Under the current rules, applicants must document a specific event (such as an explosion or firefight) … Continue reading

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SAMHSA and the Ad Council launch national campaigns to raise awareness about mental health problems in multicultural communities

SAMHSA and the Ad Council announce the launch of national public service advertising campaigns to promote recovery from mental health problems in a culturally relevant way within Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Chinese American, communities. The new campaigns, launched in conjunction … Continue reading

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Depression, lack of social support trigger suicidal thoughts in college students, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Jun. 28, 2010

Researchers who followed more than a thousand college students throughout their college years found that lack of social support was a strong predictor of suicidal thoughts and behavior. This was true even in the absence of other risk factors such … Continue reading

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CSN announces online forum CSN Communities

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) is proud to announce CSN Communities, an online forum for support and increasing awareness about the importance of injury and violence prevention. Through CSN Communities, state and territorial Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Injury … Continue reading

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SPRC updates Customized Information for Survivors

SPRC has recently updated the Survivors web page, part of the Customized Information Series. Topics covered include self-care, helping other survivors, telling children about a suicide, preventing suicide and how and when to become active in preventing suicide after the … Continue reading

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SPRC/AFSP add Not My Kid: What Parents Should Know About Teen Suicide online video to Section III of the BPR of Suicide Prevention

Not My Kid is a 17-minute web-based video that features eight parents from culturally diverse backgrounds asking two mental health professionals (Lanny Berman and Maureen Underwood) a variety of common questions about youth suicide. Programs listed in Section III of … Continue reading

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Army suicides rise; prevention strategy changes, CBS News, Jul. 17, 2010

A new U.S Army suicide prevention video tells the true-life stories of soldiers who made suicide attempts or experienced serious psychological distress, and their friends and loved ones who helped them get the help they needed. The Army hopes that … Continue reading

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SAMHSA report indicates one in twelve adolescent drug-related hospital emergency department visits involved a suicide attempt

According to a study conducted by SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), more than one in every twelve (8.8 percent) drug-related hospital emergency department visits made by an adolescent (ages 12 to 17) in 2008 was a suicide attempt. This … Continue reading

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Method of failed suicide may predict successful attempt

According to Swedish researchers who studied almost 49,000 people admitted to the hospital for attempted suicide, “intensified aftercare is warranted” after hospitalization following certain methods of attempted suicide. People who had tried to kill themselves by hanging, strangulation or suffocation … Continue reading

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