The Weekly Spark – Week of May 26, 2011 (question)

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The Weekly Spark – Week of May 26, 2011

Following verbatim are the titles, ‘lede’ sentences and links (where available) of items posted online in

The Weekly SPARK, May 26, 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

5th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference, June 22 -23, 2011, University of Tennessee, 800 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee The theme for this year’s conference is “The Sun Will Shine Again!” Speakers … include representatives from the National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SPRC. … will address resiliency, survivors, signs of suicidal behavior, and engaging faith communities in suicide prevention. For more information


Surveillance for Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Deaths, United States, 1997 – 2007
In a recent study examining death certificates from all 50 states and D.C., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the highest rate of firearm-related, traumatic brain injury-related deaths was for suicide. For more information


AFSP webinar Complicated Grief in Survivors of Suicide Loss now available online
For some survivors of suicide loss, acute grief does not change with the passage of time but may be as intense in the months and years following the loss as it was in the immediate aftermath.
For more information


College mental health screenings going high-tech, The Chicago Tribune, May. 22, 2011At dozens of college campuses across the country, counseling centers are using computerized questionnaires to help them flag students who are considering suicide. “I can look at [suicide risk information] on my computer before the student even walks into my office,” said Ian Birky, director of counseling and psychological services at Lehigh University. The questionnaires are … .
Link to Article

Spark Extra! Learn about Mood 24/7, a free service that allows users to record and chart their moods via text message


More women 50 and older landing in ERs for drug-related suicide attempts, ABC News, May. 20, 2011
A new government report documents an increase in medication-related suicide attempts among women ages 50 and older, a demographic that is growing as the last of the Baby Boomers reach this age. Just released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report identifies … .

Link to Article

Spark Extra! Read Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts among Females: 2005 and 2009


Colorado : Colorado State University, State of Colorado honor Post columnist Woody Paige with 2011 suicide prevention media award today, Colorado State University, May. 20, 2011 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has awarded its 2011 Public Education Award to Denver Post sports columnist Woody Paige.

Link to Article

Spark Extra! Read Woody Paige’s column “We Must Learn from McKinley’s Death” at


International News

South Korea: Elite South Korean university rattled by suicides, The New York Times, May. 22, 2011
In response to several recent suicides, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has made some changes intended to reduce the pressure at the top-level science and technology school. School president Suh Nam-pyo has rescinded a “punitive tuition program” that forced students to pay extra tuition for each hundredth of a point that their grade point average fell below a certain level. Suh is also allowing some classes to be taught in Korean (he had previously mandated that all classes be taught in English, which not all students or professors speak fluently). School psychologists are also offering more counseling sessions.
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