Historically the fields of suicidology have largely ignored issues of cultural diversity says Dr. Joyce Chu of Palo Alto University
Dr. Joyce Chu, Palo Alto University
Dr. Joyce Chu, Palo Alto University
Doctors are seeing a surge in childhood suicides brought on by isolating conditions created by COVID-19. Parents can help by looking for red flags.
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October 21 is National Stop a Suicide Today. In a collaboration between Stop a Suicide Today, the American Psychiatric Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and McLean Hospital, have scheduled a virtual Town Hall featuring talks by leading experts on the rising suicide rate, stigma, safety, the impact of COVID-19, and more.
Research by Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington, from visits to 18 gun shows and other community events around Washington state last year, found that engaging people in a community-based setting, in an empathetic conversation focused on safety, resulted in more people locking up their firearms.
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It can be easy to feel disconnected during the COVID-19 pandemic as people are not able to participate in their community as before. Experts recognize the increased levels of stress and anxiety across almost every family in the nation and the world. That’s why Christopher DeCou, clinical psychologist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Jennifer Stuber, director of Forefront Suicide Prevention, recorded a webinar for parents to learn how to recognize signs of distress and respond to someone at risk of suicide.
“Suicide prevention is something that we all need to know. It’s something like CPR,” Stuber said.
DeCou and Stuber added it’s important to take proactive steps to lock up the means people can use to harm themselves, like firearms or medications.
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In the first national study of its size, researchers at UC San Diego have found that nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Results were published in the February edition of WORLDviews on Evidence Based-Nursing.
A review of 922 prescription medications taken by almost 150 million people over an 11-year period shows that just 10 of these drugs were associated with an increased rate of suicide attempts.
A suicide risk screening tool that Johns Hopkins Medicine implemented in its pediatric emergency department six years ago appears to provide an accurate gauge of which youth are most vulnerable and has identified more than 2,000 patients who might benefit from mental health treatment and resources, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine
Researchers at the University of Utah have published an article in the October edition of the American Journal of Bioethics posing the powerful moral conflict between physician aid-in-dying and suicide prevention. In the article, Brent Kious, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Margaret Battin, distinguished professor of philosophy, ask the question, if the practice of PAD for terminal illness is permissible, then should it be justifiable for those who suffer from psychiatric illness, since the suffering can be equally severe?
An increase in behavioral health providers is associated with a slight decrease in gun-related suicides, but the difference is small and points to a need to tackle gun violence in other ways, according to the authors of a new study.