The Weekly Spark – Week of June 3, 2011
The text of this FYI posting is passed along freely and verbatim as ‘public service’ and potentially essential public information drawn from the Weekly Spark of June 3, 2011*. The excerpted info for this post are titles, plus ‘lede’ sentences, abstracts and links of items previously posted online in the cited SPARK issue published and e-distributed FYI by the *Suicide Prevention Resource Center.* The SPRC is supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or by me for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is a project in the EDC Health and Human Development Division.
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AFSP hosts Suicide Prevention Advocacy 101 webinar, Thursday June 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Realistic, thoughtfully selected and carefully directed public policy activity is one way to help prevent suicide. This webinar will address how to raise awareness of citizens and policy makers . . . .
For more information http://afsp.omnovia.com/register/38871305308932
SPRC/AFSP add How Not to Keep a Secret to the Best Practices Registry
Developed by the Youth Health Connection at South Shore Hospital (South Weymouth, MA) How Not to Keep a Secret (HNTKAS) is a peer leader training program designed to provide education to teens about depression and suicide, increase help-seeking behaviors, and decrease stigma associated with mental illness. …. . For more information http://www2.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/HowNotKeepASecret.pdf
Open comment period on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be published in May 2013. . . .
For more information http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
NAMI releases resources on children’s mental health and primary care
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently released a survey on family experiences with primary care doctors in treating children and adolescents living with serious mental illness. . . . . .
For more information http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=child_and_teen_support&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=120673
Agreement on diagnosis and disposition of emergency patients with behavioral emergencies. . . . . A study published in Academic Emergency Medicine reveals new information about the frequency of agreement between emergency physicians and consulting psychiatrists on diagnosis and disposition of emergency department (ED) patients with behavioral emergencies. . . . . .
Rep. Bishop, others to launch crisis, suicide prevention PSA , The Ledger Enquirer, May. 29, 2011
The members of the Senate and Congressional Military Family Caucus have launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring the message that behavioral health care resources are available for troops, veterans, and their families. . . . .
Spark Extra! View the public service announcements . . . .
http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueStarFamilies . . . . . .
Washington : White Swan Dream Makers suicide prevention campaign wins grand prize, Indian Country Today, May. 24, 2011
The youth-led suicide prevention group White Swan Dream Makers has won the grand prize at the Washington state Spring Youth Forum. The group developed a program based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publication To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns: Preventing Suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Young Adults. . . . .
Link to Article
Spark Extra! Read To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns http://www.sprc.org/library/Suicide_Prevention_Guide.pdf
Ireland: Standards to be drawn up for suicide support groups, The Irish Times, May. 24, 2011
A series of meetings organized by the Irish Association of Suicidology (IAS) is allowing local and regional suicide prevention groups to weigh in on national standards for suicide prevention and support services. “The aim is to have a list of accredited support groups . . . . .for the general public and for professionals, which they can refer people to,” said IAS chief executive officer Declan Behan. The IAS also hopes that the guidelines will foster cooperation and coordination of efforts among the estimated 250 to 300 Irish organizations involved in suicide prevention.
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