Suicide Prevention Resource Center ‘SPARK’ newsletter; The 8.18.10 issue of ‘SPARK,’ the weekly newsletter of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) includes several items and their links that may deserve the interest of the GovLoop community. It’s been my practice over several years to bring these recaps (content unedited) to the general public’s attention (worldwide) in my blogs, present edition: ‘Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business,’ at
National News BP awards $52 million for behavioral health support across the Gulf Coast region, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 16, 2010_BP has announced that it will contribute $52 million to help address the behavioral health needs of Gulf Coast area residents and workers affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this population faces stress related to an uncertain economic future and possible long-term health effects related to the spill. Disaster coordinators in affected states have reported early signs of substance abuse and mental health problems, including suicidal behavior.
Spark Extra! Learn more about the Institute of Medicine Letter Report: Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health, which includes information about the behavioral health implications of the spill.
New programs reach out to seniors touched by loss, The [Arlington Heights] Daily Herald, Aug. 16, 2010_According to Yeates Conwell, co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester, “many [elderly people] feel that once they reach the nursing home, their lives are worthless because they’re not able to contribute to society.” This article discusses the issues of isolation, loss and depression that can affect older Americans and focuses on some of the programs and treatments that can help them remain engaged and productive.
Suicide stereotypes exposed as myths, Live Science, Aug. 12, 2010_According to researcher Silvia Canetto, suicidal behavior varies in different countries and cultural groups, and suicide prevention experts should take this into account. “Suicidal behavior is culturally scripted,” said Canetto. “Women and men adopt the self-destructive behaviors that are expected of them within their cultures.” While this “makes the picture more complex, the story less easy to tell,” according to Canetto, it is also a positive sign for prevention efforts, since it signifies that suicidal behavior is modifiable.
International News India: Suicide prevention clinic to be opened, The Hindu, Aug. 12, 2010 _The newly formed Suicide Prevention Committee in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has decided to open a suicide prevention clinic at the district headquarters hospital. There is only one psychiatrist working in the government sector in the entire state of Tamil Nadu.
New Zealand: Warning of suicide copycat risk, TVNZ, Aug. 15, 2010 _In New Zealand, a number of voices are contributing to a high-profile debate about how to confront the issue of teen suicide. The Prime Minister’s chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, has spoken out for increased investment in programs intended to help young children develop resilience. The Chief Coroner and some of New Zealand’s suicide prevention advocates have urged greater openness in media reporting and discussion about suicide, but Gluckman has voiced his concern that too much information sharing could encourage suicide contagion.
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