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									                Suicide Prevention – Online information
URL / Website                    Information
University of Oxford –           Nothing new this month
Centre for Suicide Research
The overall research
programme of the Centre is
focused on investigation of
the causes, treatment and
prevention of suicidal

University of Manchester –       Manchester Self-Harm (MaSH) Project
The Centre for Suicide
Prevention                       The Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH) have
http://www.centre-suicide-       published the latest report on self-harm in Manchester            for the period 2008 and 2009. The report provides
On-going suicide prevention      information on the social, demographic and clinical
research projects.               characteristics of self-harming individuals together with
Eg – Sudden unexplained          characteristics of self-harm episodes and their
deaths: Individuals under        management in the Emergency Department.
age 45                 
- Psychological Autopsy          search/suicide/prevention/mash/RS/mashreport.pdf

National strategy and action     Nothing new this month
plan to prevent suicide in
Scotland –
Research, support, statistics,
resources. Also includes a
news section

American Association of          Declining Autopsy Rates and Suicide
Suicidology –                    Misclassification: A Cross-national Analysis of 35      Countries
American site - Information
and resources on suicide         Data from 35 countries during the period from 1979 to
                                 2007 were used to analyze the association of suicide
                                 rates with autopsy rates and death rates of undetermined
                                 and ill-defined causes, respectively.
American Foundation for      Interactive Screening Program
Suicide Prevention –         AFSP has expanded its innovative, anonymous
American site – resources,   Interactive Screening Program for college students,
research, support            which has been shown effective in getting those at risk
                             into treatment. The ISP is now being used by 25
                             colleges and universities across America. Through the
                             secure ISP website, students complete an online
                             screening questionnaire that assesses suicide risk. They
                             receive a personalized response from a campus mental
                             health clinician, which invites those at risk to an in-
                             person meeting. Students who are not ready to come in
                             are urged to exchange anonymous online “dialogues”
                             with the counselor over the ISP website.

                             Recommendations Now Available for Discussing
                             LGBT Suicide

                             AFSP has partnered with the Johnson Family
                             Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
                             Defamation, the Movement Advancement Project and
                             several other LGBT organizations to develop a set of
                             recommendations for safe messaging about suicide in
                             lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
                             Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations is based on
                             empirically-derived best practices for discussing suicide
                             safely and responsibly.

                             New Guidelines Released for Reporting on Suicide

                             New recommendations for media reporting on suicide
                             are now available for journalists.
                                AFSP-Supported Study Identifies Genetic Link to
                                Attempted Suicide

                                Virginia Willour, Ph.D., and colleagues at Johns
                                Hopkins, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry,
                                have identified a small chromosome region that is
                                associated with increased risk for attempted suicide.
                                The study was funded by grants from AFSP and the
                                National Institute of Mental Health.

                                AFSP and SPRC Continue to Develop and Maintain
                                Online Registry of Best Practices for Suicide

                                The Evidence-Based Practices Project identifies,
                                reviews and disseminates information about best
                                practices that address specific objectives of the National
                                Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The information on
                                best practices in suicide prevention are listed in the Best
                                Practices Registry.

International Association for   May / June 2011 Bulletin
Suicide Prevention – 
IASP provides a forum for       df
national and local suicide
prevention organizations,
researchers, volunteers,
clinicians and professionals    IASP 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet
to share knowledge, provide
support and collaborate in
suicide prevention around       pdf
the world.

World Health Organisation,      Nothing new this month
Suicide Prevention –
Information and statistics          Nothing new this month
Canadian website.

Samaritans                   Nothing new this month

Suicide Prevention         Open comment period on the Diagnostic and
Resource Center (American) Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
                           The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical
                           Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be published
                           in May 2013. As part of the development process, the
                           preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic
                           criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for
                           public review. Professionals and the public are invited
                           to comment on proposed changes by June 15, 2011.

                             SAMHSA releases Promoting emotional health and
                             preventing suicide: A toolkit for senior living

                             This new free resource for staff in senior living
                             communities is now available in print or electronic
                             format. The toolkit contains a guide and tools for
                             integrating suicide prevention into existing policies and
                             programs, a facilitator’s manual with materials to
                             conduct three workshops, and fact sheets for residents.
                             It recommends a comprehensive approach to suicide
                             prevention to promote the emotional health of all
                             residents, identify and provide services for residents at
                             risk for suicide, and respond appropriately in the event
                             of a suicide attempt or death.

                             New SAMHSA report examines trends in ED visits
                             for drug-related suicide attempts

                             The DAWN Report: Emergency Department Visits for
                             Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Involving
                             Antidepressants by Adolescents and Young Adults:
                             2004 to 2008 examines recent trends based on
                             combined 2004 to 2008 data. During that period, there
                             was an annual average of 9,660 ER visits for drug-
                            related suicide attempts involving antidepressants by
                            adolescents (ages 12 to 17) and young adults (ages 18
                            to 24). Females made up three-fourths of attempts
                            among adolescents and two-thirds among young adults.

                            Can a suicide scale predict the unpredictable?,
                            Psychiatric Times, May. 23, 2011

                            At the most recent annual meeting of the American
                            Psychiatric Association, Igor Galynker of the Beth
                            Israel Medical Center presented a progress report on his
                            team’s attempt to develop a “suicide trigger scale.”
                            Galynker hopes that the scale, which contains no direct
                            questions about suicide plans, will help identify people
                            at imminent risk for suicide “and help identify patients
                            who deliberately conceal or unconsciously repress
                            suicidal ideation.” The scale attempts to measure an
                            affective state that Galynker refers to as a “trigger
                            state,” which is characterized by uncontrollable and
                            overwhelming negative thoughts, hopelessness, and
                            other distress. The research is funded by the American
                            Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Other online information:   Young male suicide numbers down in Merseyside

                            Suicide rates among young men in Merseyside have
                            more than halved over the past decade, according to the
                            latest figures.

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