It was exciting to deliver the first Preventure manuals for our pilot starting in the fall. We hear about the NIH grant in June 2018. One of the recommendations from the CDC was to teach coping and problem solving skills and promote social connectedness, two things this program does.
The reason they cited problem-solving skills was that while treating mental illness is key to prevention, about half were not diagnosed with a mental illness and other life stressors were contributing factors of a suicide. e.g. relationship problems, physical health problems, substance use disorder, legal problems.
While the evidence-based Preventure program is focused on life skills training targeted to four personality traits that have shown predisposition to addiction, I like that it really is focused on traits that have show the potential to sabotage quality of life, that create relationship problems, and can lead to high risk behavior including suicide.
Three of the four are mental health traits. Traits are: sensation seeking, anxiety sensitivity, negative thinking and impulsiveness.
CDC recommendations for suicide prevention
Prevention strategies include
- Strengthening economic supports (e.g., housing stabilization policies, household financial support)
- Teaching coping and problem-solving skills to manage everyday stressors and prevent future relationship problems, especially early in life
- Promoting social connectedness to increase a sense of belonging and access to informational, tangible, emotional, and social support
- Identifying and better supporting persons at risk (e.g., military veterans, persons with physical/mental health conditions)
Other strategies include
- Creating protective environments (e.g., reducing access to lethal means among persons at risk for suicide such as keeping firearms locked up.)
- Creating organizational and workplace policies to promote help-seeking, easing transitions into and out of work for persons with mental health conditions and other life challenges
- Strengthening access to and delivery of care
- Supporting family and friends after a suicide
- Encouraging the media to follow safe reporting recommendations