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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences that can have lasting negative health and developmental effects, making them a major health problem in the U.S. and around the world. A new brief report based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health examines the prevalence of ACEs in the U.S. as a whole and within each state, as well as the differences in prevalence by race/ethnicity and geographic region (see full article here). Of note, the researchers found that almost half of all children in the U.S. have experienced at least one ACE. Through our trauma-informed treatments and treatment training program, the ASAP Center aims to alleviate the deleterious health impacts of such experiences. To learn more about our approach, explore our website!