Audience: Medical Interns at Bon Secours at Dr. Paul Jackson’s Practice on Hull Street
Anne Moss Rogers, Beacon Tree Foundation president, will be telling her personal story of losing her son to suicide and sharing some of her insights as a mental health advocate.
Dr. Lisa Horowitz with the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss her research on the feasibility of implementing a routine suicide risk assessment for youth using a 4 question screening administered at a pediatric, family care or primary care provider’s office.
Suicide is the #2 cause of death for 15-35 year olds and Dr. Horowitz results show evidence that this tool can accurately identify kids at risk before thoughts become acts.
Goal: Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, in partnership with NIMH, wants to help implement this suicide screening tool in all pediatric, family care, urgent care and primary care practices across the state as an early intervention initiative.
Parents are unlikely to spot signs of suicide until after an attempt or a completed suicide. Screening at a physician’s practice is one way we can flag kids that need help before it happens.
Beacon Tree will be helping with the assessment consultation process for physician practices in this endeavor.
Dr. Ted Abernathy has been using the ASQ intervention to successfully identify at-risk youth for suicide for over a year. The tool has been previously used at Emergency Rooms in the US.