The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) posted an article underscoring the need to identify and address mental health concerns among youth in the U.S. Psychiatric emergency department (ED) visits have increased by 28% among youth aged 6-24 from 2011 to 2015. The likelihood for a psychiatric ED visit increased over time for adolescents and young adults, especially among females and racial and ethnic minorities. Furthermore, the likelihood for suicide-related visits among adolescents increased over time. In the wake of these findings, the SPRC urges care providers to examine mental health treatment access and options for youth.
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Suicide rates continue to rise in the United States, and people who are struggling with suicide deserve easier access to support. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has announced plans to establish a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. In response to the staff recommendation in 2018, the FCC aims to prevent suicide and suicide attempts by improving access to crisis call centers. The current suicide prevention hotline number is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). The three-digit hotline number will likely be 9-8-8.
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The 2019 Annual Meeting of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Outreach Partnership Program featured a Plenary on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Joan Asarnow, ASAP Center Director, presented on: Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm and Youth. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative aimed at getting science-based information to communities across the country. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are represented through the 55 NIMH Outreach Partners.
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This month, the ASAP Center’s Drs. Asarnow, Goldston, and Miranda led a webinar with the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S). This webinar focuses on “Preventing Suicide by Promoting Social Connectedness: Promoting Treatment Strategies that Enhance Family and Social Connectedness.” To learn more and watch the presentation online, click here.
On Thursday, April 18 (11:30-1:00pm PST), the ASAP Center’s Dr. David Goldston will be participating in a webinar hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This webinar will focus on the connected suicide and opioid crises. Interested in joining? Register here!
This month, a new article came out in Healio, focusing on the link between concussions and suicide. Check out the article here to see what experts, including the ASAP Center’s Dr. Joan Asarnow, have to say about this important public health issue.
This month, the ASAP Center’s Dr. Angela Tunno presented her work on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed mental health services at the Resilient Kids Conference in Greenville, North Carolina. To learn more, click here.
This month, the ASAP Center conducted a second Center training with Project Fleur-De-Lis as part of an ongoing collaboration to integrate suicide prevention programs into school settings. To learn more about the great work being done by the Project Fleur-De-Lis team, visit their site here.
This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report indicating that tobacco use among US youth is increasing, primarily because of the growing popularity in e-cigarettes within this age group. Unfortunately, teens who use substances are at a higher risk for developing and/or worsening other mental health concerns. This is why the ASAP Center focuses on interventions that target substance abuse, depression, and suicidality. To learn more about how we do this, explore our interventions here.
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.