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Child and Adolescent Suicide & Self Harm: Treatment & Prevention

Suicidal and self-harm behavior are all too common consequences of traumatic stress, placing youths at risk for death by suicide and premature deaths due to alcohol, drugs, accidents, and other causes. To learn more about this major public health issue and ways to address it, check out this new article on treatment and prevention of suicide and self harm in children and adolescents.

CDC ranks suicide as one of the most important health issues in 2018

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data indicating that suicide rates have risen by 34% in the past decade. Suicide was ranked the 10th leading cause of death in the US, causing the CDC to identify it as one of the most important health issues in 2018. Throughout 2019 and beyond, the ASAP Center will continue to work to reduce the suicide rate and help youth and families overcome mental health challenges. To learn more about our work, click here.

“What Children Want from Their Parents” with Dr. Joan Asarnow

Dr. Joan Asarnow (ASAP Center Co-Director) recently completed an interview with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on suicide prevention approaches for youth and families. You can check out part of her interview, “What Children Want from Their Parents,” here.

“Improving Pediatric Emergency Care” with Dr. Joan Asarnow

Dr. Joan Asarnow (ASAP Center Co-Director) recently completed an interview with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on suicide prevention approaches for youth and families. You can check out part of her interview, “Improving Pediatric Emergency Care,” here.

 

NIMH Live Event on Suicide Prevention

During Suicide Prevention Week in September, Dr. Joshua Gordan (NIMH, Director) and Dr. Jane Pearson (NIMH, Chair of the Suicide Research Consortium) hosted a live Facebook event to lead a discussion on suicide prevention strategies.  You can now watch the video recording of the event, read the event transcript, and review the main takeaways here.

“The Family as a Seatbelt” with Dr. Joan Asarnow

Dr. Joan Asarnow (ASAP Center Co-Director) recently completed an interview with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on suicide prevention approaches for youth and families. You can check out part of her interview, “The Family as a Seatbelt,” here.

 

 

National Depression Screening Day (October 11, 2018)

Thursday, October 11 is National Depression Screening Day. This year’s theme is “Reach Out,” which encourages individuals who might be dealing with depression to seek support from their social networks and health professionals. The goal of this effort is to emphasize the importance of screening for and the early detection of depression, which is one of the most common mental health concerns. The ASAP Center works to increase the use of prevention approaches for depression, suicide, self-harm, and substance abuse in a wide range of healthcare settings. To learn more about depression and related resources, click here.

ASAP Center team presents poster at AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosts Out of the Darkness walks across the U.S. to promote suicide prevention efforts. The ASAP Center’s Duke team joined the movement and shared information about our Center as a community and national resource at the walk in Durham, North Carolina on September 30.

Interested in getting involved? Click here for more information.

NIMH to Lead Live Facebook Event on Suicide Prevention

To acknowledge Suicide Prevention week, Dr. Joshua Gordan (NIMH Director) and Dr. Jane Pearson (Chair of the Suicide Research Consortium in NIMH’s Division of Services and Intervention Research) are co-leading a live Facebook event to discuss the latest research-backed strategies for suicide prevention and answer related questions from event participants. The event will be hosted on Friday, September 14th from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET. For more information on the event and how to participate, follow NIMH on Facebook.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2018 and  September 9-15, 2018 is National Suicide Prevention Week. This is a time to reach out and redouble our efforts to provide support and care to those in pain,  and work with our health and mental health systems to provide the best possible care for suicide prevention.

There is no single cause of suicide and no single strategy that will prevent all suicide deaths. The ASAP (Adolescent Suicide Self-Harm & Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention) Center aims to improve care for the prevention of suicide, premature deaths, and self-harm by collaborating with health and mental health systems and organizations, schools, clinics, communities, and other partners.  While there is no single cause of suicide, traumatic stress has been shown to be associated with increased risk of suicide and self-harm. As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the ASAP team works to develop, adapt, and disseminate evidence-supported trauma-informed treatments and strategies for delivering care in communities across the nation.

Learn more:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2018/media-advisory-nimh-researchers-available-to-discuss-the-suicide-prevention-research.shtml

https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2018/?utm_source=All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=686899cab5-Research_Connection_July_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3fbf9113af-686899cab5-381220082

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/promote-national-suicide-prevention-month/

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month