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ABOUT 34,000 PEOPLE IN THE U. S. DIE BY SUICIDE EACH YEAR. That’s why Suicide Prevention Deserves To Be Everybody’s Business: The Weekly Spark newsletter contains announcements and information about suicide, suicide prevention and mental health issues [and]offers brief summaries of national, state and international news; analyses of relevant research findings; descriptions of funding opportunities, and links to additional resources. This posting includes the titles and lead sentence of selected items from: The Weekly Spark – Week of May 5, 2011 The complete current issue is at:


~~~New SAMHSA report examines trends in ED visits for drug-related suicide attempts The DAWN Report: Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Involving Antidepressants by Adolescents and Young Adults: 2004 to 2008 examines recent trends based on combined 2004 to 2008 data.

For more information http://store.samhsa.gov/product/DAWN11-0308

~~~AFSP sponsors Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups training – June 10-11, 2011, Baltimore MD
This two-day training program combines lecture, interactive discussion and role-playing to help survivors of suicide loss, mental health professionals and others learn the “how-to’s” of creating and facilitating a suicide bereavement support group for adults. Registration deadline is May 25.

For more information


~~~CDC releases Self-Directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements
Self-directed violence (SDV) is an important public health issue in the United States and worldwide. For more information


~~~ Suicide among Psychiatric Inpatients Large, M., Smith, G., Sharma, S., Neilssen, O., & Singh, S. (2011). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the clinical factors associated with the suicide of psychiatric in-patients. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2010.01672.x

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~~~Depressed teens mostly struggle alone, The Los Angeles Times, Apr. 29, 2011
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Spark Extra! Read the new report Major Depressive Episode and Treatment among Adolescents: 2009 http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k11/009/AdolescentDepression.htm

~~~Soldiers with mental illness more
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Spark Extra! Read the abstract of “Preinjury psychiatric status, injury severity, and postdeployment posttraumatic stress disorder” http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/68/5/496

~~~State and Tribal News California : People in crisis have someone to call, The Walnut Creek Patch, Apr. 25, 2011
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