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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Preventing Suicide, One Conversation at a Time
Describes how suicide is affecting Amador County, California. Discusses the underlying factors contributing to those numbers, such as poverty, stigma surrounding suicide, and a lack of mental health providers. Provides access to a Conversation Kit, a resource that was created to bring community members together to discuss suicide in rural areas. Kit covers multiple topics and provides instructions for individuals to be able to use this resource in their community.
Author(s): Vanessa S. Nelson
Date: 09/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Capital Public Radio
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Oregon’s State Health Assessment, 2018
Reports on the overall health of residents in state of Oregon. Includes information on social determinants of health, environmental health, prevention and health promotion, and other topics. Covers urban, rural, frontier statistics for economic disparities; educational attainment; food insecurity; homelessness; adult suicide rates; chronic disease; mortality; oral, primary care, and behavioral health workforce; communicable disease; and access to healthcare services.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Health Authority
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Recommended CSTE Indicators for Suicide among American Indians and Alaska Natives
Discusses recommended indicators for measuring rates of suicide, and associated risk factors, among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Presents suggestions for different national data sources, as well as state, local, and regional sources.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
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Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program
Highlights an anti-bullying program developed by Union General Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Union Parish, Louisiana. Describes how the hospital and local law enforcement collaborate to teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the negative effects bullying and how to model positive social behavior.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Preventing Suicide In Rural America
Policy brief focused on rural suicide prevention. Provides an overview of rural suicide rates and key suicide risk factors for rural residents. Identifies policy options for preventing suicide in rural areas and includes two brief case studies.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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RISING SUN Toolkit
Toolkit presents information and resources on suicide prevention for Arctic Indigenous communities, as well as clinicians, policymakers, and researchers. Breaks down information by audience.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Mental Health Innovation Network, National Institute of Mental Health
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NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) policy brief on the impact of suicide in rural areas. Features presentations from the NACRHHS Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, as well as a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and and a retired professor of social work at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Louisiana Health Report Card 2017
Provides detailed health data by parish for Louisiana. Covers cancer incidence, suicides, the opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, low birthweights and infant deaths, top causes of death, and more.
Author(s): Neil Wilson, Lily Tyndall Snow
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Department of Health
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Suicides Among American Indian/Alaska Natives — National Violent Death Reporting System, 18 States, 2003-2014
Compares differences in suicide characteristics and circumstances between American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and whites. Includes data on age, sex, nonmetropolitan residence, mechanism and location of suicide, interpersonal circumstances, life stressors, mental health, and substance use.
Author(s): Rachel A. Leavitt, Allison Ertl, Kameron Sheats, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(8), 237-242
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Presents a report on the causes, costs, and potential solutions to the drug, alcohol, and suicide crisis in the U.S. Features updated data on opioid deaths in 2015-2016, as well as projected rates of drug, alcohol, and suicide deaths for 2025.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Anne De Biasi, Jennifer L. Mueller, Consultant Kendra May, Molly Warren
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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