I was so honored to be a presenter among this distinguished panel of youth suicide prevention researchers and doctors at PAS 2019 (Pediatric Academic Societies). I wasn’t so sure how my presentation would be received in such a strict academic environment. But judging from standing ovation after my talk which shocked me, I’d say … Read more...
Baltimore, MD, Month, date- In 2017, 6,769
youth ages 10-24 died by suicide, positioning suicide as the second leading
cause of death among this age group for the eighth consecutive year. Previous
research has identified that many youths who die by suicide visited a
healthcare setting just weeks preceding their death, but were not detected. In
response to the rising suicide rates, The Joint Commission (TJC) has
recommended that all medical patients be screened for … Read more...
I subscribe to AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, emails and I got one the other day on Project 2025. They have a goal of reducing suicide by twenty percent by 2025–a bold and ambitious goal given that suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states in the U.S. since 1999.
They’ve earmarked four areas to focus on and since I do a lot with healthcare systems, I clicked on that and holy toledo my friend Dr. Lisa Horowitz was the star of the video. She and I are co-presenting with Jeff Bridge at the … Read more...
I will be part of the presentation team with Lisa Horowitz, PhD from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Jeff Bridge PhD from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. My part of the presentation is focused on story and utilizing social media and content marketing to prevent suicide.
When we submitted our proposal, Dr. Horowitz said that they don’t accept many proposals and it was only a slim chance. But we got in! This conference is a big deal and the number one conference for pediatrics. Over five thousand pediatricians go annually.
It’s always such an honor to co-present with Dr. Lisa Horowitz, one of the architects of the ASQ suicide screening tool. As a follow up to that conference, I’m posting some of the links here to make it easy for participants to find the tools they need to implement this life-saving tool.
Apparently, I was their first, too. The first suicide loss survivor to speak at such an event at National Institute of Mental Health.
I was the presentation at the end of some brilliant presentations and exciting new research on suicide prevention, creating treatment plans and information on ketamine, lack of sleep and suicide, and the ASQ screening tool. Dr. David Brent has an adolescent … Read more...
Many parents who lose a child by suicide have no idea their child has had thoughts of killing themselves.
Even more parents, 90% of them, are unaware their teen has attempted suicide*, according to Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH, a clinical psychologist from the National Institute of Mental Health with whom I spoke with recently.
That was true in our case.
Charles apparently did have a previous attempt and while in Wilderness, he was on suicide watch according to his music lyrics about Cal Riley, a young man that died by suicide 2 years before Charles.
Hear what Dr. Abernathy and Dr. Keel say about the test.
Dr. Ted Abernathy and Dr. Scott Keel of Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners (PAHP) talk about the 5-question suicide screening test through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that has shown remarkable results, identified preteens and teens with suicidal thoughts and referred them for life-saving mental health services. They have been using the screening test for over a year.
This screening had previously been used in Emergency Rooms to identify teens at risk for suicide and showed efficacy in doing so.