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Resources by Topic: Suicide and suicide prevention

Assessment of Awareness of Connectedness as a Culturally-Based Protective Factor for Alaska Native Youth
Describes development of the Awareness of Connectedness Scale, a quantitative scale tested with 284 Alaska Native youth to assess risk, resiliency, and change, based on cultural concepts of disorder, wellness, and healing.
Author(s): Nathaniel V. Mohatt, Carlotta C. Ting Fok, Rebekah Burket, David Henry, James Allen
Citation: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(4), 444–455
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
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Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program Manual: A Public Health Model For Native American Communities
Describes a community-based suicide prevention program in a rural Native American community.
Author(s): Patricia Serna
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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Altitude, Gun Ownership, Rural Areas, and Suicide
Analyzes the relationship between the mean county and state altitude with total age-adjusted firearm and non-firearm suicide rates, gun ownership, and population densities within the western part of the United States.
Author(s): Namkug Kim, Jennie B. Mickelson, Barry E. Brenner, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Psychiatry, 168(1), 49-54
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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Initiatives to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services in the Veterans Affairs Health System
Discusses efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access to care for veterans, particularly in behavioral health. Stresses the importance of veteran access to health provision in rural settings.
Author(s): Harold Kudler, Kristy Straits-Tröster, Mire Brancu
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 72(1), 40-42
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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The Burden of Injury in Wisconsin, 2011
Presents state and county-level statistics on the burden of injuries to Wisconsin residents from 2007-2009.
Author(s): Amy Schlotthauer, Tara Goris, Rebecca Turpin
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Suicide and Alcohol: Do Outlets Play a Role?
Results of a study to determine whether the number of alcohol outlets in local and adjacent areas, including rural areas, was related over time to suicide and suicide attempts.
Author(s): Fred W. Johnson, Paul J. Gruenewald, Lillian G. Remer
Citation: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(12), 2124-2133
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
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Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers
Provides an overview of suicide in rural areas and discusses the role of primary care providers in suicide prevention. Focuses on identifying high risk rural counties and equipping rural primary providers to care for suicidal patients. Includes suicide risk data for five states based on rurality.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Jim Ciarlo, Jean Demmler, Christa Smith, Tamara DeHay
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Strategies for Suicide Prevention in Veterans
Presents research that explores various veteran suicide prevention strategies and how promising they might be. Strategies include programs for outreach, counseling, and treatment coordination. Addresses the difference in suicide prevalence among veterans in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Paul Shekelle, Steven Bagley, Brett Munjas
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Preventing Youth Suicide in Rural America: Recommendations to States
Discusses recommendations for state-level agencies to prevent and address suicide among rural youth. Covers data and surveillance, screening, gatekeeper training, and survivor issues.
Date: 04/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey
Examines the extent to which Critical Access Hospital (CAH) emergency rooms are used as a mental health safety net. Investigates the types of cases that present with mental health problems, as well as the resources available to emergency room staff in CAHs for addressing such problems.
Additional links: Research and Policy Brief: Smallest Rural Hospitals Treat Mental Health Emergencies
Author(s): David Hartley, Erika Ziller, Stephenie Loux, et al.
Date: 09/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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