Teens’ brains make them more vulnerable to suicide

Teens’ brains make them more vulnerable to suicide. Boston Globe. canadian-pharm24.netBuy Tadalafil – Cialis Online Cheap Most of us have heard that teen brains aren’t fully developed until their mid 20s, and it turns out that the parts of the brain … Continue reading

Everyone Can Play a Role in the Conversation about Mental Health: Faith-Based Organizations Fact Sheet

Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. This fact sheet can help communities and congregations raise awareness about mental health issues and emphasize the importance of people to … Continue reading

Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders: Mental Health Talking Points for Faith-Based Communities

Increasing awareness of mental health issues and making it easier for people to seek help will take partners working together. Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. SAHMSA … Continue reading

High rates of suicide in Chicago, suburbs raise red flags, Chicago Tribune

“Most people don’t like to say the S-word, which is part of the problem,” said Kirchhoff, a McHenry County dentist and father of three surviving children who this week shared the story of his youngest son’s 2005 death at age … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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