Monthly Archives: April 2011

Facebook depression is among harms linked to social media sites, pediatricians guidelines warn, The Chicago Tribune, Mar. 28, 2011

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advise pediatricians to encourage parents to learn more about the online social media sites and interactive technology their children are using. According to the guideline, parents should encourage appropriate use of … Continue reading

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Army STARRS preliminary data reveal some potential predictive factors for suicide National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Mar. 22, 2011

Preliminary data released from Army STARRS (Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members) has revealed potential predictors of suicide risk among soldiers. Army STARRS, which is the largest study of mental health risk and resilience among military … Continue reading

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Preventing Suicide among LGBT People

Haas, A. P., Eliason, M., Mays, V. M., Mathy, R. M., Cochran, S. D., D’Augelli, A. R., et al. (2011). Suicide and suicide risk in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations: Review and recommendations. Journal of Homosexuality, 58(1), 10-51. A … Continue reading

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Fifth National Suicide and the Black Church Conference – June 22 -23, 2011, Memphis TN

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Sun Will Shine Again.” The conference will be dedicated to the memory and work of Dr. James (Jim) Clemmons, who passed away in January. Dr. Clemmons was a well-known advocate against suicide, … Continue reading

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AFSP sponsors Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups training – May 20-21, 2011, Seattle WA

This two-day, hands-on training program combines lecture, interactive discussion and role-playing to help survivors of suicide loss and interested others learn the “how-to’s” of creating and facilitating a suicide bereavement support group for adults. It is appropriate for survivors, mental … Continue reading

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California : Caltrain suicides difficult for agency to prevent, but measures under way, The San Francisco Examiner, Mar. 20, 2011

The effectiveness of railway suicide prevention efforts can be difficult to measure, as this article about suicide prevention efforts along Caltrain tracks in California illustrates. In 2009, the railway company stepped up suicide prevention efforts in response to 15 suicide … Continue reading

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Boston conference focuses on preventing suicides by veterans through community services, The Washington Post, Mar. 15, 2011

At the third annual suicide prevention conference sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the theme was “All the Way Home.” Military personnel, suicide prevention experts, clinicians and others who attended the conference … Continue reading

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Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department

Newton, A. S., Hamm, M. P., Bethel, J., Rhodes, A. E., Bryan, C. J., Tjosvold, L., et al. (2010). Pediatric suicide-related presentations: A systematic review of mental health care in the emergency department. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 36(6), 649-659. A … Continue reading

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American Association of Suicidology (AAS) to launch Psychological Autopsy Investigator certification program and Psychological Autopsy Studies Unit

Beginning in the fall of 2011, AAS will inaugurate a two-day, face-to-face training program in the psychological autopsy, leading to certification as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator. AAS also announces the formal establishment of a Psychological Autopsy Studies Unit, which will … Continue reading

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SAMHSA’s latest newsletter: Behavioral Health and Social Media

This latest issue of the SAMHSA newsletter describes their development of a robust digital engagement program with established presences on four major social media channels -Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr – toward the goal of increasing and improving communications with … Continue reading

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New SAMHSA report on suicide prevention dialogue now available

Suicide Prevention Dialogue with Consumers and Survivors: From Pain to Promise provides further understanding of suicide and recovery from those who have attempted suicide and those who try to help. This publication is part of an ongoing series of dialogues, … Continue reading

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Vermont : Prevention programs address youth suicide, Vermont Public Radio, Mar. 3, 2011

In this radio interview, Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio talks with Brian Remer of the Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Project, Charlie Biss of the state’s Division of Mental Health, and Melissa Murray of Outright Vermont, a gay and lesbian … Continue reading

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Colorado : Eagle County suicide prevention group unveils new website, The Vail Daily, Mar. 9, 2011

A new website called Speak Up Reach Out is the latest addition to the suicide prevention resources available in Eagle Valley, Colorado. The site offers information on suicide warning signs, how to communicate with someone who is suicidal, and where … Continue reading

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Teens with eating disorders more likely to harbor thoughts of suicide, study finds, The Los Angeles Times, Mar. 8, 2011

According to a survey of over 10,000 adolescents, teens with eating disorders are more likely than other young people to suffer from suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. The impact of disordered eating “is demonstrated by generally strong associations … Continue reading

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Predicting Suicide Risk by Attempt Method

Runeson, B., Tidermalm, D., Dahlin, M., Lichenstein, P., & Langstrom, N. (2010). Method of attempted suicide as predictor of subsequent successful suicide: National long term cohort study. British Journal of Medicine, 341. A research team in Stockholm found that the … Continue reading

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SPRC/AFSP add Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death to Section III of the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention

Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death is a 170-page manual with accompanying CD that provides a template for creating a school-based response to the death of a member of the school community by suicide or other traumatic … Continue reading

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Massachusetts : Falmouth takes steps to reduce suicide rate , Cape Cod Times , Mar. 6, 2011

Falmouth mental health officials are responding to community needs with new suicide prevention approaches aimed at men and people experiencing financial distress. To reach men, Steven Jochim, director of the Pocasset Community Mental Health Center, spent Wednesday afternoons from mid-November … Continue reading

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New York : Architects unveil bridge barrier ideas , Ithaca Journal , Mar. 2, 2011

Cornell University and the city of Ithaca are working together to select a design for suicide prevention bridge barriers at seven bridges located on or near the Cornell campus. Following three suicides that took place on the campus in spring … Continue reading

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Asking Adolescents about Sleep may Help Identify Suicide Risk

Wong, M. M., Brower, K. J., & Zucker, R. A. (in press). Sleep problems, suicidal ideation, and self-harm behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Psychiatric Research Young people who have trouble sleeping at 12-14 years of age are twice as likely … Continue reading

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Illinois : Teen suicide: More schools bring issue out of shadows, The Chicago Tribune, Feb. 21, 2011

A new Illinois law encouraging teachers and staff to update their suicide prevention training augments the prevention efforts many schools have already incorporated into the school year. At Oak Lawn Community High School, all freshmen are screened for depression and … Continue reading

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Utah : Suicide prevention training helps police , Standard-Examiner , Feb. 20, 2011

The Utah legislature has passed a resolution encouraging Utah police officers to undergo Crisis Intervention Training, a 40-hour training program provided by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The program teaches officers about mental illness, mind- and … Continue reading

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Montana : Reasons for suicide amplified for Native Americans , The Billings Gazette , Feb. 20, 2011

Violence, emotional and physical neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, and poverty are facts of life for many children living on Indian reservations. “The unfortunate and often forgotten reality is that there is an epidemic of violence and harm directed toward … Continue reading

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Study finds many graphic YouTube self-harm videos , The Washington Post , Feb. 21, 2011

Parents and mental health professionals should be aware that young people can access graphic videos showing cutting and other methods of self-harm on YouTube, according to Stephen Lewis, co-author of a study on the topic that was just published in … Continue reading

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Mental health changes urged in wake of jump in military suicides , PsychCentral , Feb. 18, 2011

A new RAND Corporation study, The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, outlines a number of proposed changes meant to strengthen suicide prevention efforts in the military. The U.S. Department of Defense commissioned the study to evaluate information … Continue reading

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