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Suicide Has Been Deadlier Than Combat for the Military

The New York Times

Efforts are underway to understand and address suicide among military service members and veterans. Experts agree that rising suicide rates in this population require multiple prevention strategies, including reducing access to firearms and providing culturally competent health care. Many also say the military’s culture of stoicism and self-reliance may be a contributing factor. Service members should be taught to prioritize their mental health and seek help when they are struggling, according to Kim Ruocco, a suicide loss survivor and executive at the nonprofit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. There is less consensus on the impact of other suicide risk factors, however, such as deployment and mental health history. The government has set aside $1 billion to address veteran and active-duty military suicide, and researchers are continuing to investigate why suicide rates are rising and how to reduce them.

WASHINGTON: New Initiative Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

On the Pulse

Seattle Children’s Hospital is implementing a Zero Suicide initiative to prevent youth suicide. Using a five-question tool, the hospital is screening patients 10 and older for suicide risk in its emergency department and inpatient settings. Those who screen positive are connected with mental health support. “Early detection of suicidal thoughts is critical to preventing youth suicide,” said Molly Adrian, a psychologist and co-leader of the initiative. “So, we implemented the pathway to ensure our patients are asked about their risk and that we follow up accordingly.” Since the initiative launched in March, the hospital has screened more than 5,000 patients presenting for non-psychiatric reasons. The initiative has also provided extra training to nurses and other providers in how to talk with children about suicide.

Announcements

Suicide Prevention in Long-Term Care Facilities

The American Society on Aging (ASA) has published a newsletter article by Jerry Reed, Education Development Center (EDC) senior vice president for practice leadership. It discusses strategies for preventing suicide among older adults in long-term care facilities.

Building Suicide Prevention Infrastructure in Your State

In this archived webinar, presenters from SPRC, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and NAMI New Hampshire (NAMI NH) explore SPRC’s Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure. Presenters describe how to use the recommendations and offer tools for success, including talking points for discussing state infrastructure with policymakers.

Introducing the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) are hosting a webinar on the Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit, a new resource designed to support organizations implementing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. The webinar will take place on December 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has released an issue guide on the rural response to farmer mental health and suicide prevention. It provides an overview of federal, state, and local resources addressing the mental health needs of farming communities.

Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting applications for research grants to study the prevention of adverse childhood experiences. Letters of intent are due December 23, and applications are due February 4.

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The Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), under Grant No. 5U79SM062297. The views, opinions, and content expressed in this product do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, or HHS.

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