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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monthly Update of Suicide Prevention Activities

From Anya Shaffer, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

Get Ready for World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2014 is World Suicide Prevention Day. You can find materials to help you plan and implement activities for this important occasion on the International Association for Suicide Prevention website.

Comment on SAMHSA's Strategic Plan for 2015–2018
Feedback Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014
SAMHSA is the agency within HHS that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the Nation. This strategic plan outlines work to increase the awareness and improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders; promote emotional health and wellness, and the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness; increase access to effective treatment; and support recovery. An important component of the plan is to prioritize six Strategic Initiatives and the linkages between these initiatives and SAMHSA's policy, programmatic, and financial planning. At its core, this plan offers a framework for common categories of initiatives that enables cross-collaboration and organization of SAMHSA's work.

New Report Gives Voice to Suicide Attempt Survivors
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force has released The Way Forward, a report which gives voice to suicide attempt survivors and bridges the gap between suicide attempt survivors, clinicians, hospital policy makers, and suicide prevention leaders. The Way Forward summarizes eight core values and offers a lens through which suicide prevention can be envisioned to embrace safety and bring hope and meaning to those in suicidal despair. Read The Way Forward and the press release about this pivotal path for change and a roadmap to save lives.

Model School Policy from the Trevor Project
Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. To help make it easier for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior, The Trevor Project has collaborated to create a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Download our fact sheet and full policy today – by adopting or advocating for this model policy in your school district, you can help protect the health and safety of all students.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  Releases Bulletin That Examines Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
OJJDP has released “Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth.” The bulletin is part of OJJDP's Beyond Detention series, which examines the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a large-scale longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. This bulletin summarizes the study’s methods, findings, and implications of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among detained youth ages 10–18. The authors examined rates of suicidal ideation and behaviors, the relationship between suicide attempts and psychiatric disorders, and differences by gender and race/ethnicity.

Sharing Our Wisdom: A New Resource for AI/AN Communities
Sharing Our Wisdom is a new web-based resource that presents stories of projects that promote resilience and prevent suicide in American Indian/Alaskan Native communities. The first story in this series is from a rural area of Alaska.

Suicide Prevention Resources for Adult Corrections
SPRC’s The Role of Adult Corrections Officers in Preventing Suicide and Suicide Prevention Resources for Adult Corrections provide information and resources to help staff in adult corrections facilities prevent suicides.

Suicide Reporting and Mass Media
Suicide is a significant psychiatric and public health problem. It is not surprising that there is some influence of the media on people’s thoughts and behaviors. Although it is unrealistic to censor all potentially negative depictions of suicide in the media, it is important to consider our responsibility to patients and the health of the general population using our understanding of the role of the media and potential interventions. The purpose of the present article is to review the evidence regarding the relationship between suicide and its depiction in mass media.

New Study: LGBT Youth More Likely than Heterosexual Youth to Attempt Suicide
Based on Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Surveys (YRBSs) a new study examined rates of serious suicide attempts requiring medical attention; results indicated that suicide attempt rates were much higher in sexual minority than heterosexual youth.

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