Suicide is a major public health concern. Around 38,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States. More people die by suicide each year than by homicide. Suicide is tragic. But it is often preventable. Knowing the risk factors for suicide and who is at risk can help reduce the suicide rate.
A report reviewing the state of evidence for the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in key target populations was conducted to help the California Mental Health Services Authority’s planning for future prevention and early intervention activities. According to the findings, MHFA appears to be helpful in improving knowledge of mental health issues and … Continue reading Mental Health First Aid – Evidence Base Review
A survey by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA) found that two out of every five of their members know another veteran who committed suicide. On February 12, President Obama signed a federal bill to help veterans access quality mental health services, according to an article by Peter Baker in the New York … Continue reading President Signs Bill to Save Veterans from Suicide
The office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools has announced the funding of a Youth Mental First Aid Program for Kern County. The office received a grant to produce the program, which will help teachers, volunteers, and others who work with youth of ages 12-18 to recognize and handle situations involving mental illness. Coverage … Continue reading Grant to Fund Mental Health First Aid for Youth in Kern County
The Campaign to Change Direction was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown tragedy. It asks people to learn the five signs of emotional suffering so you can recognize them in yourself or help a loved one who may … Continue reading Campaign to Change Direction
In February 2014, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF) released A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, which outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next 5-10 years. … Continue reading Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives Webinar Series
The University of Southern Florida publishes a booklet full of resources on effective school-based suicide prevention called The Guide. The Guide will help to provide information to schools to assist them in the development of a framework to work in partnership with community resources and families. View The Guide HERE.
SAMHSA Grant: Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and Disaster Distress Helpline
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for a Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and a National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH). The purpose of this program is twofold. First, to manage, enhance, … Continue reading SAMHSA Grant: Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and Disaster Distress Helpline
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for a fiscal year (FY) 2015 Suicide Prevention Resource Center grant. The purpose of this program is to build national capacity for preventing suicide by providing technical assistance, training, and resources to assist states, tribes, organizations, SAMHSA Garrett Lee … Continue reading Grant Opportunity – Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The National Action Alliance’s Research Task Force, co-led by National Institute of Mental Health Director Tom Insel and Jed Foundation Board Chair Phil Satow developed a Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, which gives a suicide prevention roadmap. Read the Action Plan HERE.
The Zero Suicide Toolkit describes the essential dimensions of suicide prevention for health care systems, including health care plans or care organizations serving a defined population of consumers, such as behavioral health programs, integrated delivery systems, and comprehensive primary care programs. It was created by the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force of the National … Continue reading Zero Suicide Toolkit