Suicide Screening, Dr. Lisa Horowitz
Audience: The medical community and interested parties which can be parents, teachers, foundations and any organization that works with children.
Description: 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 their pediatrician 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.
As President of Beacon Tree Foundation I will also be telling my personal story of losing my son to suicide and sharing some of her insights as a mental health advocate.
This will also be an opportunity for the medical community to make requests of our non-profit, Beacon Tree. We often get questions on referring out for psychological resources and we can help you find those resources for your practice.
Goal: Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, in partnership with NIMH, wants to implement this suicide screening tool in all pediatric and primary care practices across the state. 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.
Dr. Ted Abernathy has been using the ASQ intervention to successfully identify at-risk youth for suicide for over a year. See more about the life-saving ASQ screening tool here.
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