Posts Tagged ‘american foundation for suicide prevention’

Crisis hotlines are one of the oldest suicide prevention resources and are often the only intervention for many suicidal individuals given their unwillingness to seek treatment or the unavailability of treatment. Therefore, maximizing the clinical utility of hotline calls is imperative for suicide prevention efforts. Dr. Barbara Stanley used her AFSP Distinguished Investigator grant to do just that.

Barbara Stanley, PhD talks Safety Planning from AFSP on Vimeo.

The current study assessed the effectiveness of implementing a Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) into crisis calls. SPI is an evidence-based clinical intervention that can greatly reduce suicide risk. Read article here.

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While suicide is relatively uncommon, the suicide rate for middle aged white men has gone up since 1979, and the same is true for middle aged white women since 2000. Is it something about “baby boomers,” middle age or both? It turns out that this group of “baby boomers” has had higher rates of suicide across their lives. Being unmarried and not having a college degree added risk. According to Dr. Julie Phillips, this group of middle-aged adults is different from earlier groups. Read article here.

Breaking the Silence by Mariette HartleyBreaking the Silence is one actress’ surprising, powerful memoir of family secrets and personal courage, told with earthiness, spirit, humor, and unabashed honesty. From the beginning, Mariette Hartley seemed to have it all: brains, talent, looks, and charm – they ran in her family. But other things ran in her family as well. Read article here. Order book here.

Bipolar mania has many symptoms, like feeling high or excited. People may have symptoms of mania without having bipolar, and some symptoms may put them at risk for bipolar disorder. Read article here.

If you are a member of the NFL family and are experiencing a personal or emotional crisis, you can talk to someone right now at (800) 506-0078. Trained, professional counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s free, confidential support for the entire NFL family—current and former players, coaches, team and league staff, and their family members. It’s independent. The NFL Life Line is operated by the leading national providers of crisis counseling services and is entirely independent of NFL staff.

No confidential information about individual calls or callers is shared with the NFL, its teams, or any other organization. Read more here.

Their lives may be far from ordinary, but actors, musicians, athletes, and writers have emotional and mental health issues just like the rest of us.  When a celeb opens up about depression, anxiety, and mental disorders, it can have a major impact on the way people think about these issues. Read article here.

The Sarasota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a forum today at Selby Library where two men shared their stories as they bike from city to city to speak on the subject.

Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., received an AFSP Standard Research Grant to study MicroRNA (miRNA) expression in the brains of depressed people who died by suicide, comparing them with brains of people who died by other causes. MicroRNAs are the molecules that tell genes when to turn on and turn off. MiRNAs are plentiful and play a major role in how our brains function and in the causes of many diseases. Treatments focusing on miRNA’s are being developed and tested. AFSP has funded Dr. Dwivedi to study many miRNAs. Read article here.

Check out the upcoming American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Los Angeles events! Specific details about each event can be found here.

Preparations are already being made for the 2012 Overnight Walk in San Francisco. The Out of the Darkness Overnight is a fundraising walk of up to 18 miles throughout the night, designed to raise funds and make a bold statement to bring the issue of suicide out into the light. Join our team!

On July 5, the White House reversed its longstanding policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who die by suicide while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones. AFSP would like to commend President Obama on his decision. Read article here.