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The Weekly Spark – Week of May 20, 2011

Following are the titles and links of items posted online in

The Weekly SPARK, May 20, 2011, published and

e-distributed FYI by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

The complete text of this abbreviated FYI posting is available at the

SPRC website at



Responding after a Suicide: Best Practices for Schools
This interactive webinar presents safe and effective ways in which schools, and the organizations working with them, can respond following a suicide.

[email protected].

For more information https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/385714593


TeenScreen Schools and Communities Program development and implementation guides now available online

These free, evidence-based materials (including screening questionnaires) help schools or youth-based community settings establish and facilitate mental health screening programs for adolescents.

For more information http://www.teenscreen.org/programs/schools-communities/


Anti-Bullying and Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation
This webinar will review results from AFSP’s comprehensive review of state anti-bullying statutes, which noted wide variation in the content and coverage of state anti-bullying legislation. Current status of legislation and case examples from two states, one with comprehensive anti-bullying legislation and one with no legislation, will be presented. Media attention and the federal response to the association between suicide and bullying will be highlighted.

For more information http://afsp.omnovia.com/register/52301305307681

Suicide among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Mills, P., Huber, S., Watts, B., & Bagian, J. (2011). Systematic vulnerabilities to suicide among veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts: Review of case reports from a National Veterans Affairs Database.

Link to Abstract


National News – No Harm in Asking About Suicidal Thoughts, Medscape, May. 16, 2011

The results of a new study involving patients with signs of depression and their family physicians showed that asking depressed patients whether they are thinking about suicide did not lead to increased feelings that life is not worth living. Link to Article

Spark Extra! Read more about the research at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/content/abstract/198/5/379


State and Tribal News-Nebraska : Reaching out to ease the loss, The Lincoln Journal Star, May. 15, 2011
This story follows a group of volunteers as they participate in a LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) team in Nebraska. Link to Article

Spark Extra! Learn more about the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition http://www.suicideprevention.nebraska.edu/


New Hampshire : Study: suicide prevention program increases knowledge, changes attitudes, Foster’s Daily Democrat, May. 17, 2011
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire recently studied the effectiveness of the Connect suicide prevention program among 600 adults and 200 high school students in two rural New Hampshire communities.
Link to Article

Spark Extra! Read more about the Connect program in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention http://www2.sprc.org/bpr/connectframeworks-suicide-prevention-program


International News – India: CBSE results 2011 to be announced this month, NGO starts helpline, The Times of India, May. 16, 2011
In India, the stress of studying for competitive academic examinations has been associated with suicides among students.

Link to Article

Spark Extra! Read more about Snehi, the NGO providing the Hopeline http://www.snehi.org/home.html


About the Weekly Spark

[QUOTED The Weekly Spark contains announcements and information about suicide, suicide prevention and mental health issues. We offer brief summaries of national, state and international news; analyses of relevant research findings; descriptions of funding opportunities, and links to additional resources. The Weekly Spark is written and edited by SPRC staff. Every effort is made to offer relevant and timely information with links to the original content as available.

We welcome your suggestions at [email protected]. In general, the Weekly Spark does not include editorials, opinion pieces or information on local events. Events may be listed in the SPRC Calendar http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/trainingandevents/calendar/index.asp

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