Monthly Archives: July 2011

Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations

This guide provides ways to talk about suicide more safely, while advancing vital public discussions about preventing suicide, helping increase acceptance of LGBT people, and supporting their well-being.  The recommendations  were adapted in part from existing research and media education … Continue reading

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South Korea: Stressed and depressed, Koreans avoid therapy, New York Times, Jul. 6, 2011

According to mental health experts in South Korea, cultural norms often prevent Koreans from seeking help for mental health issues. “Talking openly about emotional problems is still taboo,” said Dr. Kim Hyong-soo, a psychologist and professor at Chosun University in … Continue reading

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Greece: Debt crisis sinks Greeks into gloom, suicide on rise, Reuters, Jul. 11, 2011

A recent increase in the suicide rate in Greece is causing officials to consider whether the country’s economic difficulties is having an effect on mental health. According to Christos Hombas, the head of a Greek social support hotline, Greek men … Continue reading

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New Jersey : Pharmacy school grad’s video on suicide wins PSA contest, Rutgers, Jul. 21, 2011

A student at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy has won a suicide prevention public service announcement contest sponsored by Rutgers Health Services. His 45-second video, which features a red rubber ball to symbolize a student with depression, will … Continue reading

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New Hampshire : Police learn how to respond to mental health calls, The Keene Sentinel, Jul. 13, 2011

This article describes the specialized training that police officers in New Hampshire receive to help them respond to people with mental illness in emergency situations, including suicidal crisis. As part of their police academy training, newly hired offices participate in … Continue reading

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Protecting African American Adolescents from Suicidal Behavior

Matin, S, Molock, S, & Tebes, J. (2011). Suicidality and depression among African American adolescents: The role of family and peer support and community connectedness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(1), 108-117. A team of researchers from Yale and George Washington … Continue reading

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Latest edition of the Action Alliance newsletter now available

Issue four of the Action Alliance newsletter provides updates on work of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Revision and Update Task Force, the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force and the Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System … Continue reading

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AFSP sponsors Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups training, September 9-10, 2011 in Fargo, ND

Conducted by experts in the field of suicide bereavement and experienced facilitators, 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 … Continue reading

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Call for proposals for the 23rd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Georgia Southern University’s College of Education and Continuing Education Center have issued a call for proposals for 23rd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference to be held March 4-7, 2012 in Savannah, GA. Themes for proposals include Mental and Physical Health, as … Continue reading

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Georgia : Episcopal priest and former Vietnam POW helps veterans, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jun. 21, 2011

Robert Certain, a retired Air Force navigator who is now senior priest of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal church in east Cobb, is reaching out to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Certain’s nonprofit organization, CareForTheTroops, offers workshops … Continue reading

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Colorado : New campaign will use “manspeak” to help men deal with suicidal thoughts, The Denver Post, Jun. 26, 2011

The Carson J. Spencer Foundation is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Cactus Marketing Communications to develop an “edgy, intriguing” suicide prevention campaign meant to capture men’s attention. The new campaign will “be using manspeak” … Continue reading

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A war inside: Saving veterans from suicide, e! science news, Jun. 30, 2011

According to new research published in the journal BMC Public Health, veterans who have attempted suicide have an elevated risk of suicide compared to both military and civilian peers. The study analyzed data on 10,163 veterans treated for a suicide … Continue reading

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Policy shift in presidential condolence letters, CBS News, Jul. 5, 2011

Under a decades-old White House policy, families of soldiers who died on the battlefield received condolence letters from the president – except for families whose loved ones died by suicide. This policy has just been changed. Going forward, official presidential … Continue reading

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SOS (Signs of Suicide) launches updated DVD, Friends for Life: Preventing Teen Suicide

Screening for Mental Health has released a new DVD and discussion guide with three new, compelling real-life stories. The DVD includes: interviews with teens who have struggled with mental health issues; interviews with school counselors and other mental health professionals; … Continue reading

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IASP announces theme for World Suicide Prevention Day

The theme for the September 10, 2011 World Suicide Prevention Day observance, Preventing Suicide in Multicultural Societies, was selected to raise awareness of the fact that all countries are multicultural. This multicultural mix can include indigenous peoples, immigrant groups, refugees, … Continue reading

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Australia: New fence at The Gap “just not high enough”, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun. 26, 2011

The Australian province of Woollahra is installing fencing at a scenic overlook along the Sydney coastline to prevent people from jumping. About 50 people per year die by suicide at the site, which is known as The Gap. Controversy surrounding … Continue reading

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Colorado : Aspen Hope Center proving its worth, The Aspen Times, Jun. 24, 2011

In its first year of operation, the Aspen Hope crisis center trained nearly 1,400 people in the Aspen community to recognize and respond to people at risk for suicide. Now in its second year of operation, the Center has received … Continue reading

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Expert on mental illness reveals her own fight, The New York Times, Jun. 23, 2011

Therapist Marsha Linehan, who created a new form of therapy called dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), shares her personal story of severe mental illness and suicidality in this New York Times article. “So many people have begged me to come forward,” … Continue reading

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Suicide Prevention in Native American Communities, The Dialogue [SAMHSA], Jun. 29, 2011

This article by SPRC Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist Petrice Post describes some of the factors that influence suicide prevention work in Native American communities. Isolation, high unemployment, and limited educational opportunity associated with reservation life can be a challenge. These … Continue reading

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Impulsiveness and the Risk of Suicide Attempts

Klonsky, E., & May, A. (2010). Rethinking Impulsivity in Suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 40(6), 612-619. A recent study found that one aspect of impulsivity, urgency, was associated with a higher risk of both suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. However, … Continue reading

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UK: Sussex rail staff to be given training on suicides prevention, The Argus, Jun. 18, 2011

Network Rail, owner and operator of the United Kingdom’s rail infrastructure, is working with suicide prevention group The Samaritans to help prevent suicides along the railways. The Samaritans will train Network Rail staff to identify and approach vulnerable people near … Continue reading

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Canada: TTC introduces suicide prevention program, The Toronto Sun, Jun. 16, 2011

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is partnering with telecommunications company Bell Canada and crisis support organization Distress Centres of Toronto to provide direct access to telephone-based crisis support within the subway system. By the end of July, every subway station … Continue reading

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Tennessee : Signs advertising suicide prevention added to Natchez Trace bridge after several deaths, The Tennessean, Jun. 18, 2011 N

New suicide prevention signs carrying the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have been installed on both ends of a scenic bridge on the Natchez Trace highway in Tennessee. According to Cam Sholly, superintendent of the Natchez Trace Parkway, … Continue reading

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ER visits for drug-related suicide attempts up in men, WebMD, Jun. 17, 2011

A new publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) documents a 55 percent increase in emergency room visits for drug-related suicide attempts among men ages 21 to 34 from 2005 to 2009. In this age group, … Continue reading

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Community Education Campaigns and Suicide

Journal of Affective Disorders 130(1-2), 10-16. A review of the research on suicide prevention community education campaigns shed doubt upon their ability to change behavior. The authors emphasize the importance of comprehensive, long-term efforts designed to increase treatment-seeking and provide … Continue reading

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