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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

New Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for Critical Access Hospitals
Identifies new National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program for hospital and behavioral healthcare programs. Covers minimizing the risk of suicide within the hospital environment, screening of patients for suicidal ideation, developing written policies and procedures addressing the care of at risk patients, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of policies.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide
Report discusses different methods for adolescent substance use and suicide prevention. Highlights rates of suicide and substance use, such as binge drinking, misuse of pain medication, and vaping. Explores differences in rates for youth in rural and urban areas.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Rural First Responder Access to Mental Health Care: A National Crisis
Explores mental health challenges experienced by first responders and increased risk of suicide. Describes barriers to accessing adequate mental healthcare within the scope of their employment, especially in rural areas where services remain limited and stigma may be associated with the need for assistance.
Author(s): Jeffrey Hintz, Carrie Hintz
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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Peer‐adult Network Structure and Suicide Attempts in 38 High Schools: Implications for Network‐informed Suicide Prevention
Presents a study on a school-based, youth-adult network as an intervention to prevent youth suicide in rural and micropolitan communities. Measures rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in 38 high schools in New York and North Dakota.
Author(s): Peter A. Wyman, Trevor A. Pickering, Anthony R. Pisani, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(10), 1065-1075
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Contextual Factors Associated With County-Level Suicide Rates in the United States, 1999 to 2016
Explores a study of the demographic variables associated with suicides, such as age, race, gender, and social capital. Details how the variables and rates vary based on rural or urban status.
Author(s): Danielle L. Steelesmith, Cynthia A. Fontanella, John V. Campo, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 2(9)
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
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Have Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks for Leading Causes of Death Been Met in Rural and Urban Areas?
Presentation slides from an August 20, 2019 webinar, with analysis of death rates for 7 major causes of death, in light of Healthy People 2020 benchmarks. Features mortality statistics from 2007-2017 for diabetes, heart disease, suicide, cancer, stroke, unintentional injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with breakdowns by gender, race, and region, with 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Alva O. Ferdinand, Timothy Callaghan, Marvellous Akinlotan, Kristie Primm
Date: 08/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center
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Urban-Rural Differences in Drug Overdose Death Rates, by Sex, Age, and Type of Drugs Involved, 2017
Data brief examining differences in urban and rural areas, using the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System. Features statistics including age-adjusted rates of overdose rates from 1999-2017 by urban and rural residence, and rates of overdose death in 2017 by sex, age group, and type of drug, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Holly Hedegaard, Arialdi M. Minino, Margaret Warner
Citation: NCHS Data Brief, No. 345
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department: A Care Pathway Resource Toolkit
Toolkit designed to support hospitals that provide high-quality, effective emergency care to pediatric patients in psychiatric distress. Includes case stories from rural emergency departments in various states.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Pain in the Nation: Building a National Resilience Strategy: Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation - a Devastating Impact
Report highlights the rates of alcohol and drug misuse and suicide among the millennial generation (people in their 20s and 30s). Discusses the role of the opioid crisis in the increases in "deaths of despair" among millennials. Chart on page 6 compares rates in rural and metro areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Trust for America's Health, Well Being Trust
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Preventing Farmer Suicide: Collaboration and Communication
Video focused on farmer mental health. Discusses the stressors impacting farmers, such as difficult economic conditions and extreme weather. Features experts explaining the warning signs of suicide and how communities can help farmers and their families address mental health concerns.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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