Monthly Archives: June 2011

Recognizing Opportunities

Posted in DragonDrop | Leave a comment

By the Numbers

Posted in QuickQuiz | Leave a comment

Course Footnotes

1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. (September 17, 2009). The NSDUH Report: Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors among Adults. Rockville, MD., www.oas.samsha.gov 2. Harvard Injury Control Research Center, National Violent Injury Statistics System, 2001 suicide … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide survivors

Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TED.com, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

Can a suicide scale predict the unpredictable?, Psychiatric Times, May. 23, 2011

At the most recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Igor Galynker of the Beth Israel Medical Center presented a progress report on his team’s attempt to develop a “suicide trigger scale.” Galynker hopes that the scale, which contains … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

Rep. Bishop, others to launch crisis, suicide prevention PSA , The Ledger Enquirer, May. 29, 2011

The members of the Senate and Congressional Military Family Caucus have launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring the message that behavioral health care resources are available for troops, veterans, and their families. The theme of the … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

SPRC/AFSP add How Not to Keep a Secret to the Best Practices Registry

Developed by the Youth Health Connection at South Shore Hospital (South Weymouth, MA) How Not to Keep a Secret (HNTKAS) is a peer leader training program designed to provide education to teens about depression and suicide, increase help-seeking behaviors, and … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

AFSP hosts Suicide Prevention Advocacy 101 webinar, Thursday June 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Realistic, thoughtfully selected and carefully directed public policy activity is one way to help prevent suicide. This webinar will address how to raise awareness of citizens and policy makers about the importance of suicide prevention, participate in development of legislation … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

More women 50 and older landing in ERs for drug-related suicide attempts, ABC News, May. 20, 2011

A new government report documents an increase in medication-related suicide attempts among women ages 50 and older, a demographic that is growing as the last of the Baby Boomers reach this age. Just released by the Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

AFSP webinar Complicated Grief in Survivors of Suicide Loss now available online

For some survivors of suicide loss, acute grief does not change with the passage of time but may be as intense in the months and years following the loss as it was in the immediate aftermath. This webinar describes the … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

New Hampshire : Study: suicide prevention program increases knowledge, changes attitudes, Foster’s Daily Democrat, May. 17, 2011

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire recently studied the effectiveness of the Connect suicide prevention program among 600 adults and 200 high school students in two rural New Hampshire communities. After program implementation, community members had more knowledge about … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

Nebraska : Reaching out to ease the loss, The Lincoln Journal Star, May. 15, 2011

This story follows a group of volunteers as they participate in a LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) team in Nebraska. The team includes survivors of suicide loss, accompanied by a mental health professional, who visit the homes of those … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

No Harm in Asking About Suicidal Thoughts, Medscape, May. 16, 2011

The results of a new study involving patients with signs of depression and their family physicians showed that asking depressed patients whether they are thinking about suicide did not lead to increased feelings that life is not worth living. “People … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

Suicide among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

Systemic vulnerabilities to suicide among veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts:  review of case reports from a National Veterans Affairs Database.  Mills, P., Huber, S., Watts, B., & Bagian, J. (2011). Systematic vulnerabilities to suicide among veterans from the … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

TeenScreen Schools and Communities Program development and implementation guides now available online

These free, evidence-based materials (including screening questionnaires) help schools or youth-based community settings establish and facilitate mental health screening programs for adolescents. New tools to develop customized state-specific fact sheets to educate families and communities about the compelling need for … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

Louisiana : St. Tammany Parish announces new suicide prevention initiative, The Times-Picayune, May. 9, 2011 A new suicide prevention initiative in St. Tammany Parish will involve almost two dozen government agencies, community groups, and non-profit organizations. The suicide prevention plan for the parish includes a crisis hotline and a response team of mental health professionals. Law enforcement or medical personnel responding to an attempted suicide will be able to call on the response team to make treatment recommendations and provide follow-up counseling for attempters and their families. Link to Article

A new suicide prevention initiative in St. Tammany Parish will involve almost two dozen government agencies, community groups, and non-profit organizations. The suicide prevention plan for the parish includes a crisis hotline and a response team of mental health professionals. … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

New Jersey : Understaffed N.J. suicide hotlines need help, The Asbury Press, May. 8, 2011

Suicide prevention advocates in New Jersey are hoping to ramp up in-state crisis line coverage. At present, up to two-thirds of calls to suicide prevention crisis hotlines based in New Jersey are answered by operators in New York or Nebraska. … Continue reading

Posted in Suicide in the News | Leave a comment

Ethnic and Racial Differences in Suicide Hotline Use

Community Responses to a suicidal crisis:  implications for suicide prevention.  Larkin, G., Rivera, H., Xu, H., Rincon, E., & Beautrais, A. (2011). Community responses to a suicidal crisis: Implications for suicide prevention. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 41(4), 79-86. A research … Continue reading

Posted in Resources | Leave a comment

Charlotte Larkin (Risk: High)

Charlotte Larkin, a 48-year-old Caucasian female, has just joined a new Episcopal church. Her only daughter, 17-year-old Marie, graduated from high school in the spring and has just moved across the country for college. With her daughter striking out on … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Nathan Dodd (Risk: High)

Nathan Dodd, 29-year-old African American male, grew up religious but hasn’t gone to church since the day he graduated high school and left home. Despite having known he was gay since he was a teenager, and having dated men seriously … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Allie Werner (Risk: Moderate-High)

Allie Werner, 25-year-old Caucasian female, graduated from college two years ago with a degree in art history, her long-time passion, and despite great opposition from her parents, both high-profile lawyers. She’s the only child of successful parents, and grew up … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Carter Rankin (Risk: Low-Moderate)

Carter Rankin is a 19-year-old African American male who has just started his sophomore year at college. During freshman year, he really enjoyed living in the dorms and meeting new people, even though his class load was challenging. In second … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Jasper Collins (Risk: High)

Jasper Collins is a 57-year-old Caucasian male. He has been married to Harriet for 30 years. The couple has two children, Jason (age 29) and Sarah (age 18). Jason lives out of state and Sarah, who recently joined the military, … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Kaden Akers (Risk: Low-Moderate)

Life has been pretty good for Kaden Akers, 33-year-old African American male, over the last year. He has dealt with bipolar disorder since he was 16, which often manifested in binge eating and suicidal ideation. He kept these thoughts secret … Continue reading

Posted in Background | Leave a comment

Suicide and Mental Health

Posted in QuickQuiz | Leave a comment