Posts Tagged ‘video’

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.


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.

Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) said Tuesday that he’s receiving treatment following concern among his staff about his mental health.

“Last October was not a good month. It was very stressful. I did some things, I said some things, which I sincerely regret now. And as a result of those things, I saw fit to consult professional help. I got the help I needed then. I’m continuing to consult medical help as I need it, and I’m in a good place now,” Wu said on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Watch video and read article here.

Thank you, Rep. David Wu, for speaking out! Let’s erase the stigma!

In honour of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message about acceptance and to challenge others to use social media as a positive tool.

There’s more to depression than feeling sad. Millions of Americans are affected by some form of depression each year. Depression varies in severity and duration, so mental health experts classify it by type. Some people may only experience seasonal depression, while others may endure chronic or situational depression, while those with psychotic depression experience paranoid hallucinations and delusions, involving irrational mental beliefs. Read more here.

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy talks with Rachel Maddow about the larger cost of cuts in mental health care spending and the responsibility of the community to deal with mental health issues because the consequences could affect any of us.

Last March, Jack Windeler, a first-year student at Queen’s University, died of suicide. To help others, Jack’s family and friends raised $300,000+ for the Jack Windeler Memorial Fund administered through Kids Help Phone ( The focus is on youth mental health to educate ‘emerging adults’ aged 16-20 as they transition from high school to college/university, and to build a micro-site to counsel youth who are suffering (supported by Kids Help Phone counselors). Read more here.

Depression is a serious illness. Health professionals use the words depression, depressive illness or clinical depression to refer to it. It is very different from the common experience of feeling unhappy, miserable or fed up for a short period of time.

When you are depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, and can last for weeks or months, rather than days. Read article here.

With suicide rates among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the HBO special, WARTORN 1861-2010, brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war. Read more here.

Not Talking About It Isn’t Working is a video that shows why we need to start talking about suicide and mental health issues.