Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reverend Molock and Carter

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Reverend Molock & Allie

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Father Certain & Jasper

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safeTALK: Suicide alertness for everyone

Living Works Education offers training programs on suicide prevention to human service providers. There are various programs designed for everyone in the community in an effort to intervene and prevent suicide. safeTALK is a three-hour training designed for everyone in … Continue reading

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Father Certain & Charlotte

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Bishop Young & Nathan

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Bishop Young & Kaden

After a difficult bout of depression and a suicide attempt three years ago (he was hospitalized for days), he finally sought professional help. Continue reading

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California : People in crisis have someone to call, The Walnut Creek Patch, Apr. 25, 2011

This story about the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Walnut Creek, California illustrates the many different roles a crisis center may play in a community. The crisis center answers the county’s 24-hour crisis and suicide lines, as well as the … Continue reading

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Preinjury Psychiatric Status, Injury Severity, and Postdeployment Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Donald A. Sandweiss, MD, MPH; Donald J. Slymen, PhD; Cynthia A. LeardMann, MPH; Besa Smith, PhD, MPH; Martin R. White, MPH; Edward J. Boyko, MD, MPH; Tomoko I. Hooper, MD, MPH; Gary D. Gackstetter, DVM, PhD, MPH; Paul J. Amoroso, … Continue reading

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Major Depressive Episode and Treatment among Adolescents: 2009

Depression affects millions of adolescents every year and has been shown to affect adolescents’ physical, emotional, and social development. Adolescents who suffer from depression are at increased risk for substance use, high-risk sexual behaviors, problems at school, problems with peer … Continue reading

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Soldiers with mental illness more often get PTSD, Reuters, May. 2, 2011

The results of a new study published in Archives of General Psychiatry may have implications for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among members of the military. The study was based on a survey of more than 22,000 soldiers who completed … Continue reading

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Depressed teens mostly struggle alone, The Los Angeles Times, Apr. 29, 2011

Survey results released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that about eight percent of American adolescents reported an episode of major depression in the preceding year, but only a third of those affected had received … Continue reading

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Suicide among Psychiatric Inpatients

Large, M., Smith, G., Sharma, S., Neilssen, O., & Singh, S. (2011). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the clinical factors associated with the suicide of psychiatric in-patients. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2010.01672.x An international team conducted a meta-analysis of 29 controlled … Continue reading

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CDC releases Self-Directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements

Self-directed violence (SDV) is an important public health issue in the United States and worldwide. Though numerous organizations collect information on fatal and non-fatal SDV, there is considerable lack of consistency when it comes to defining the problem. To address … Continue reading

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AFSP sponsors Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups training – June 10-11, 2011, Baltimore MD

This two-day training program combines lecture, interactive discussion and role-playing to help survivors of suicide loss, mental health professionals and others learn the “how-to’s” of creating and facilitating a suicide bereavement support group for adults. Registration deadline is May 25. … Continue reading

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New SAMHSA report examines trends in ED visits for drug-related suicide attempts

The DAWN Report: Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Involving Antidepressants by Adolescents and Young Adults: 2004 to 2008 examines recent trends based on combined 2004 to 2008 data. During that period, there was an annual average of 9,660 … Continue reading

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Suicide prevention poster improves ED recognition, management, Internal Medicine News, Apr. 29, 2011

A suicide prevention poster designed specifically for the emergency department (ED) can increase the likelihood that ED staff will ask patients or their loved ones about suicidal ideation, found a recent study. The poster is titled “Is Your Patient Suicidal?” … Continue reading

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The CDC releases report on bullying prevalence among Massachusetts middle and high school students

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC analyzed data from the 2009 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey, which showed significant differences in family violence and other risk factors for persons in each of three bullying categories (bullies, victims and … Continue reading

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American Association of Suicidology (AAS) publishes new fact sheet on youth suicidal behavior

This new fact sheet provides an overview of the extent of suicidal thoughts and plans among youth, as well as suicide attempts and deaths in this group. Youth Suicidal Behavior  Fact Sheet also summarizes research on risk and protective factors … Continue reading

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SAMHSA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), and others release new recommendations for media reporting on suicide

SAMHSA has collaborated with more than a dozen agencies and organizations, including SPRC, to issue new recommendations for media reporting on suicide. The recommendations were developed by a group of suicide prevention experts, researchers and journalists and are based on … Continue reading

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Wisconsin : Suicide prevention: Although the university has taken action, new grant proposal shows more work to be done, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Cardinal Times, Apr. 7, 2011

At the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the Counseling and Consultation Services (C&CS) division of University Health Services has created several new initiatives to help support students and prevent suicide. A new case management program allows students with long-term mental health and … Continue reading

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New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students: Shifting the Paradigm

David J. Drum, Chris Brownson, Adryon Burton Denmark, and Shanna E. Smith Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 2009, Vol. 40, No. 3, 213–222 © 2009 American Psychological Association This article presents new data on the nature of suicidal crises in … Continue reading

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Learning to listen to distressed classmates, The New York Times, Apr. 15, 2011

A number of colleges and universities are implementing programs to teach students how to respond to peers who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or other forms of mental distress. “Students aren’t necessarily calling hotlines or going to drop-in centers,” said Alison … Continue reading

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Local attitudes in Oregon shape risk of suicide attempts among lesbian, gay youths, study shows, OregonLive.com, Apr. 18, 2011

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the rate of suicide attempts among gay, lesbian or bisexual youth is affected by the local social environment. The researchers scored the social environment in 34 Oregon counties in terms … Continue reading

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CDC Study Finds Suicide Rates Rise and Fall with Economy: Study looks at suicide rates from 1928–2007, CDC, Apr. 14, 2011

The overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released online today by the American Journal of Public Health. The study, “Impact of Business Cycles on the … Continue reading

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