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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives
Presents the National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care Best Practices Toolkit and a number of companion papers on crisis care. Toolkit highlights best practices for crisis care and the papers discuss a number of related topics, including homelessness, substance use, opioid-related deaths, and rural and frontier areas, among other issues.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Mortality in Rural Areas: Insights from National Research and Community-Based Initiatives
Webinar recording discusses mortality rates in rural and urban areas, as well as the causes of rural mortality. Features presentations from representatives of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
Toolkit highlights the role of cultural competence in providing mental healthcare and promoting mental well-being to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth in a school setting. Explores mental health concepts through AI/AN language and cultural symbolism. Discusses underlying mental health considerations such at historical trauma, microaggressions, and adverse childhood experiences, among other factors.
Author(s): Lavonne Fox, Sarah Nielsen, Thomasine Heitkamp, Shawnda Schroeder
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Uses data from the 2018 Multiple Cause of Death database to provide information on mortality from overdose, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64. Includes data and statistics, with information broken down by Appalachian state, region, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Maggie Cherney, Victoria Hallman
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Association of Rurality With Availability of Youth Mental Health Facilities With Suicide Prevention Services in the US
Presents a study on the availability of suicide prevention services for youths age 15-19 at mental health facilities in rural versus urban areas. Compares the rates of prevalence of mental health facilities, youth-serving mental health facilities, and youth-serving mental health facilities with suicide prevention programs by rural-urban continuum codes.
Author(s): Janessa M. Graves, Demetrius A. Abshire, Jessica L. Mackelprang, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(10), e2021471
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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American Indian Addendum for the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices
Highlights suicide prevention guidance for primary care providers in tribal communities. Accompanies the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices and provides information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Includes risk assessment and intervention information on suicide prevention strategies in tribal settings.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response
Discusses suicide in Wisconsin, including data, risk factors, and the statewide prevention plan. Provides data on suicide trends from 2000-2017; suicide rates by sex, age, sexual orientation, and other demographics; methods of suicide; and more. Compares rural and urban counties on rates of suicide and hospitalization with self-harm injuries.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Emergency Department Visits Related to Suicidal Ideation or Suicide Attempt, 2008–2017
Examines trends in emergency department (ED) visits related to suicidal ideation or suicide attempt by age group for those 5 years and older. Includes data by patient location for rural, medium/small metropolitan, and large metropolitan areas. Includes maps showing by state whether rural, medium/small metro, or large metro areas had the highest rate of ED visits related to suicidal ideation or suicide attempt for those age 5-24, 25-64, and 65 or older.
Author(s): Pamela L. Owens, Kimberly W. McDermott, Rachel N. Lipari, Megan M. Hambrick
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Suicide Prevention in Primary Care
Two-part webinar recording on integrating suicide prevention measures into a rural primary care setting. Part one discusses rural suicide rates, screening, and risk assessment. Part two covers interventions, post-intervention follow-ups, and telehealth.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Reversing the Rising Tide of Suicide
Issue guide covering suicide risk factors, statistics, prevention strategies, and impacts of suicide on specific populations, including veterans, first responders, and LGBTQ youth. Discusses state-level initiatives including Mental Health First Aid training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and the Zero Suicide framework, with examples of state legislation to implement these models.
Author(s): Charlie Severance-Medaris
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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