Monthly Archives: August 2010

SAMHSA announces open submissions period for NREPP

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has announced the 2011 open submissions period for the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). NREPP is a voluntary rating and classification system designed to provide the public with reliable information … Continue reading

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SPRC/AFSP add QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training to the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention (BPR)

SPRC and AFSP have added the QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program to Section III of the BPR. QPRT is a set of detection, assessment, and management protocols designed to guide clinical interviews in primary care settings. Programs … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Networking sites harbor suicide clues, Otago Daily Times, Aug. 22, 2010

The New Zealand youth support agency Youthline has been using texting and social media to connect with young people. More than 180,000 texts are exchanged each year as part of their helpline service. A Youthline team also monitors social networking … Continue reading

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Wisconsin: UWM to watch for depression, The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Aug. 22, 2010

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) plans to train more than 300 faculty, staff and students as suicide prevention gatekeepers. A recent UWM survey found that most students had experienced mental health issues during the preceding year, including … Continue reading

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Military urged to create anti-suicide office after effort falls short, The [Louisville] Courier-Journal , Aug. 25, 2010

A yearlong review of Armed Forces suicide prevention efforts by a congressionally mandated Department of Defense task force has determined that current initiatives “could benefit from re-engineering.” According to the report, prevention programs were set up “rapidly and separately” by … Continue reading

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Mental Help.net

“The Nature of Suicide” is one of many useful articles on the website, www.mentalhelp.net. A “suicide” search on the website will yield a wealth of information including news stories, questions and answers, blog entries, video and book reviews and a … Continue reading

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How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me

Part memoir and part survival guide, How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me aims to provide practical and immediate advice for those who are thinking about suicide, but truly do not wish to die. Written … Continue reading

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One More Day Could Mean One More Life Saved

This article talks about the importance of recognize warning signs of suicide and how asking the person directly about these signs can save a life. This is one of many suicide -related articles published on the News Nabweekly, a Northern … Continue reading

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Chris Rodda: Chaplains and Religion Substituted for Professional Mental Health Care in the Military

The military’s practice of substituting religion for professional mental health care for PTSD and suicide prevention has become increasingly frequent, with alarming reports coming in to MRFF from active duty troops, and reports coming in to VCS from veterans who … Continue reading

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The Significance of One Death by Suicide

Elana Premack Sandler, L.C.S.W., M.P.H. discusses her father’s death by suicide when she was a child on her blog: Promoting Hope Preventing Suicide. ” I was immediately supported by colleagues and friends both virtually through comments and in person. I … Continue reading

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Clicks, Hits, and Comments: What’s being said – online and in person – about suicide prevention

I’m at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, connecting with people who work across the full range of health issues, people who are communicators of all kinds – from “old” media and new media, traditional and social … Continue reading

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Increase in suicides among Border Patrol agents causes alarm

After nearly four years without a single suicide in its ranks, the Border Patrol has had at least 15 agents take their own lives since February 2008. It’s unclear why the agents killed themselves. Few of them left notes. And … Continue reading

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Insider: The DOD and Brass Don’t Know and Don’t Care about Suicides

On July 29, the Army released its “Health Promotion, Risk-Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report,” the result of a 15-month effort, directed by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli explained to reporters at the Pentagon that the investigation … Continue reading

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Sheriff Cabral to Hold Press Conference Related to Markoff Suicide

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral plans to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss policies and procedures at Boston’s Nashua Street Jail, including the requirements of correctional officers conducting checks on inmates. The sheriff’s public comments … Continue reading

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Is the Recession Fueling a Suicide Epidemic?

New research suggests the nation’s unemployed are committing suicide at an alarmingly high rate. “We won’t have nationwide suicide numbers for a year or two,” says Annie Lowrey in the Washington Independent . “there are ominous signs of a real … Continue reading

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Laughter and Suicide

Accidents and suicide are the leading causes of death among young Native Americans. And brazen humor may get to the heart of the problem. The fight against the high rates of suicide among Indian people has found a seemingly unlikely … Continue reading

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PsychoGenic Systems Releases Techno-Driven Online PTSD, Anxiety Relief & Suicide Prevention Program

PsychoGenic Systems, LLC releases subscription program with unlimited one year online access for rapid improvement of PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, sleep disturbance symptoms in combat soldiers, veterans and anyone working in a high stress job. Staggering increases in the rates … Continue reading

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Barrington loses another student to suicide Earlier deaths prompted community to step up prevention efforts

Mental illness is present in about 90 percent of people who take their own lives, said Joanne Harpel, director of survivor initiatives for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She said that in the wake of a student suicide, schools … Continue reading

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Youth Suicide Prevention the Topic of Fall 2010 Series of Free Webinars from Well Aware

Three leading experts on youth suicide will be featured this fall in a new series of interactive webinars from Well Aware, a national youth suicide prevention program. This series includes school-based strategies for suicide prevention, helping youths who have lost … Continue reading

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New programs reach out to seniors touched by loss

According to Yeates Conwell, co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester, “many [elderly people] feel that once they reach the nursing home, their lives are worthless because they’re not able to … Continue reading

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Safe and effective messaging for suicide prevention

A 2-page document that offers evidence-based recommendations for creating safe and effective messages to raise public awareness that suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem is now available. It contains Do’s and Don’ts for creating public messages for … Continue reading

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Finding data on suicidal behavior

Sources for collecting suicide and suicidal behavior data at both the local and national level are listed. This information may be helpful in finding key stakeholders, writing grant proposals, or learning what data in your community could be gathered for … Continue reading

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Data-Driven prevention planning model

A suicide prevention planning model by Richard Catalano and David Hawkins is outlined in five steps. The model assumes that a broad-based coalition has been formed and is sufficiently organized to support the infrastructure necessary for this plan. Review the … Continue reading

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At-a-Glance: Safe reporting on suicide

A two page summary of the 2001 publication, Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, Office of the Surgeon General, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, … Continue reading

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Relationship between the Economy, Unemployment and Suicide

These talking points on the economy, unemployment, and suicide prepared in November 2008 by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center may be helpful in preparing sermons, speeches, or media interviews. Read the information on-line at www.sprc.org.

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