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Are you interested in developing a new suicide prevention research project?  This Community of Practice webinar will feature an expert panel of ICRC-S faculty from the University of Rochester Medical Center who will respond to your questions about how to create a successful research project.  The registration link below provides you with the opportunity to submit your questions now.  Learn about how to formulate a research question, design a research project, and get IRB approval for your project. Hear about strategies for forming partnerships and conducting collaborative research and for getting your research published. You’ll also hear about some of the common pitfalls and challenges that researchers encounter and get some tips for how to overcome these challenges.  This webinar is designed to help those interested in developing a suicide prevention research project, lay a foundation for the subsequent Community of Practice sessions and for those interested in submitting an application to the ICRC-S’s 2018 Research Training Institute.

The link to the first webinar in this series, along with the Call for Applications for the 2018 RTI, is here:  For an overview of the Call for Applications and information on how to apply, watch our archived webinar.

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The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is pleased to announce that its fourth Research Training Institute (RTI) will take place on Monday, May 7th to Friday, May 11th, 2018 at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.  A webinar to provide information about the RTI and the RTI application process was held on Thursday, September 21st from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This webinar provided an overview of the purpose and approach of the RTI, walked through the Call for Applications and the application form, and answered any questions that you may have had about the RTI.  

The RTI is a five-day series of interactive workshops, presentations, mentoring and small group sessions designed to promote collaboration between suicide prevention researchers and those involved in suicide prevention practice. Faculty include staff from the University of Rochester Medical Center and other experts in the suicide prevention research field.  Applicants will be selected through a competitive process that requires researchers and injury prevention/suicide prevention professionals to work as partners to submit one joint application describing a research project which focuses on public health approaches to suicide prevention. The application deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  

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The Zero Suicide model builds on the foundational belief that death by suicide for individuals receiving care within the health and behavioral health system is preventable. Collaborative safety planning, a critical component of the model, is an approach that allows clinicians to develop safety plans with any person identified for suicide risk. In this webinar, Adam Swanson of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center provided an overview of the Zero Suicide model and how safety planning contributes to the model. Dr. Barbara Stanley of Columbia University described the role safety planning has in preventing suicide, the six components of the Safety Planning Intervention (Stanley & Brown, 2012), and the research and evidence that supports safety planning. Dr. Stanley detailed how, in order to be effective, safety planning must be treated as a collaborative clinical intervention rather than a form to be completed. She briefly summarized the theoretical underpinnings of safety planning, its intended use, and the training necessary to embed the intervention in health care settings. Mr. Michael Cain of Southwest Behavioral Health Center in Utah discussed why the Center chose to incorporate collaborative safety planning as part of clinical workflows, how it is being implemented, and the challenges and successes encountered.

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The Good Behavior Game (GBG), a universal classroom behavior management method, was tested in first- and second-grade classrooms in Baltimore beginning in the 1985–1986 school year. Follow-up at ages 19–21 found significantly lower rates of drug and alcohol use disorders, regular smoking, antisocial personality disorder, delinquency and incarceration for violent crimes, suicide ideation, and use of school-based services among students who had played the GBG. Several replications with shorter follow-up periods have provided similar early results. (1) Evidence shows that Good Behavior Game benefits continue to accrue. In 2008, Holly Wilcox, PhD discovered that children who played the Game were half as likely as young adults to report suicidal thoughts and about a third less likely to report a suicide attempt. As a result, the Good Behavior Game is cited as a promising program in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. (2) 
 
In this webinar, Holly Wilcox summarized the evidence behind the Good Behavior Game and described the relevant suicide prevention related research.  Dr. Wilcox also spoke about the development of the GBG, its intended use, and training that is available and needed to use it.  Mr. Longinaker, a first grade teacher in the Baltimore City School system, shared how he has used the Good Behavior Game in his classrooms and described the benefits and challenges of the program. 
 
1. The Good Behavior Game and the Future of Prevention and Treatment. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2011 Jul; 6(1): 73–84. Sheppard G. Kellam, M.D.,Amelia C. L. Mackenzie, B.S., C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., Jeanne M. Poduska, Sc.D.,Wei Wang, Ph.D., Hanno Petras, Ph.D., and Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.
 
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Sleep disturbances, including difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, nightmares and early morning awakening are believed to be common among people who attempt suicide. (1) Nightmares are disturbing, visual dream sequences that occur in your mind and wake you up from your sleep. Nightmares are very common and can begin at any age. Nightmare disorder develops when you have nightmares on a frequent basis. Nightmare disorder is not as common as nightmares. Dr. Michael Nadorff reviewed the literature on nightmares and suicide, including possible mediators of the relation. He also discussed the literature on nightmare treatments, and how they may hold promise for reducing suicide risk. Dr. Barry Krakow focused his presentation on Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, which is a recommended treatment for nightmare disorder. He also discussed how to conduct the treatment in a time-limited fashion, as well as ways to overcome implementation barriers.

(1)    American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Sleep Disturbances, Nightmares Are Common Among Suicide Attempters." ScienceDaily.  2 January 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070101113027.htm>

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The U.S death rate from suicide is stubbornly consistent, promoting calls for research to provide novel directions for prevention and treatment. While previous research has established systematic patterning across psychological, social, and geographical levels, and multilevel influences have been theorized, U.S. research integrating insights across promising etiological streams has been largely blocked by the absence of large-scale data sets combining individual and contextual levels. This webinar presents findings from a project that addressed this bifurcation in research efforts by merging a number of well-known data sets and harmonizing key, available variables. The resulting United States Multi-Level Suicide Data Set (US-MSDS) provides the ability to see how individual level risk factors change depending on geographic residence. The analyses provide some novel findings that have critical implications for future research and programming.

Bernice A. Pescosolido, Ph.D. is Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research (ICMHSR), and Co-Director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI). Dr. Pescosolido has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. Her research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the "wires" through which people’s attitudes and actions are connected and shaped. In the area of suicide research, she has examined claims on the utility of official suicide statistics, the contemporary effects of religious affiliation, and the potential of a network translation of Durkheim’s theory.

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Dr. Ian Rockett began the webinar by providing information about suicide misclassification, especially as it relates to poisoning and the current opioid epidemic. He also discussed this misclassification as a problem for understanding and preventing suicide and then explained the concept of death from drug self-intoxication (DDSI) and the need for an enhanced category of self-injury mortality that transcends registered suicides. Dr. Eric Caine built on the prior presentation by placing this work into a public health-prevention context. Of note, many programmatic efforts – e.g., preventing suicide or DDSI – are based on the manner of death and the factors that were apparent during the last moments of life. Prevention efforts for self-injury mortality, however, must be developed long before these final, fatal moments.
 

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Substance Abuse

This was the first webinar in the ICRC-S's 2017 webinar series, which will explore Critical Issues in Suicide Prevention Research and Practice.

The suicide rate among U.S. middle school-aged children doubled between 2007 and 2014, according to data released in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In 2007, among children ages 10 – 14, there were 180 suicide deaths, while in 2014 the number of suicide deaths in this age group increased to 425.  For the first time in 2014, the death rate due to suicide in this age range was the same as for injuries resulting from motor vehicle traffic crashes (1).  While the number of suicide deaths is low when compared to other age groups, any death by suicide is a tragedy felt by family, friends and society.  Moreover, the trend of suicide deaths among middle school-aged children indicates a growing public health problem that must be understood and addressed by researchers and practitioners. 

In this webinar, Sally Curtin, an author of the recently released CDC data report entitled Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014, described the trends in injury and violence-related deaths among children and youth and explained the data on suicide deaths in children ages 10-14. Jeffrey Hill, Violence and Injury Prevention Program Manager and Youth Suicide Prevention Project Manager in Rhode Island, described elements of Rhode Island’s Suicide Prevention Initiative (SPI) and their use of surveillance data for targeted program efforts.

(1) QuickStats: Death Rates for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injury, Suicide, and Homicide among Children and Adolescents Aged 10–14 Years — United States, 1999–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1203. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6543a8

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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative research approach that is designed to ensure meaningful participation by communities in all aspects of the research process. (1) This webinar focused on how to develop and sustain research collaborations for suicide prevention and describe purposes, principles, pitfalls and practices of these partnership systems.  The presenter, Dr. Ann Marie White, also discussed examples of collaborative research projects and how co-leadership with community stakeholders can advance the prevention of suicide. 
 
(1) Viswanathan, M. et al. (July 2004). Community based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence.  AHRQ Publication No. 04 - E022 2.
 
 

This webinar focused on the use of student-generated social media data to detect and monitor behavior patterns predictive of risk for suicide and self-injury. The Durkheim Project Application (DPA) is an existing digital technology, originally designed to apply machine learning algorithms to social media data to improve identification of risk for suicide in veterans. The presenters, Molly Adrian, Ph.D. and Aaron Lyon, Ph.D. of the University of Washington discussed their research into applying the DPA as a universal suicide prevention strategy to a general high school population in order to examine the extent to which student-generated social media data provide the information needed to accurately predict and reduce suicide risk compared to more traditional paper-and-pencil screening approaches.

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While the use of communication strategies is becoming increasingly popular in public health approaches to suicide prevention, few efforts regularly adopt recommended practices associated with successful messaging including the use of data to drive campaign activities. In this webinar, Dr. Karras provided guidance in this area by discussing empirical methods to inform the development and evaluation of suicide prevention messaging, and presented examples of those utilized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assess outcomes associated with VA sponsored campaigns. She concluded her presentation with discussion of and recommendations for a framework for the effective use of suicide prevention communications. Sleep disturbance has been identified as a risk factor associated with suicidal thought and behavior and may represent a low stigma presenting problem for initiating psychotherapy. Dr. Bishop briefly reviewed the literature regarding relationships among sleep disturbance and suicidal thought and behavior and discussed ongoing work in the development of interventions to simultaneously address sleep, depression, and suicide, and the importance of this work to the Veteran community.

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This Community of Practice (CoP) webinar took place on Thursday, August 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time and addressed two topics of interest to many early career researchers – career development and disseminating your research results. Eric Caine, MD and Yeates Conwell, MD, both Co-Directors of the ICRC-S, were the featured presenters.

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The final webinar in the ICRC-S’s fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place Wednesday, July 13, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Speakers from Vermont and Kentucky shared their experiences in identifying, obtaining, and analyzing suicide surveillance data to make advances in suicide prevention.  Bonnie Lipton, Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, acted as Moderator. 

Inspired by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Suicide Care in Systems Framework, Kentucky’s Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) program and Department for Behavioral Health, Development, and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) looked at data as a first step in enhancing the ability of Kentucky’s state psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers (CMHCs) to prevent suicide. Jan Ulrich of the DBHDID shared lessons learned and next steps in improving Kentucky’s systems of care toward preventing suicide.

In 2014, Vermont’s Service Members, Veterans and Their Families Workgroup, which was convened by the governor and includes high-level leadership from state agencies, initiated a request to gather information on suicides among veterans. As part of the response, members of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Data Group (Data Group) conducted an analysis of suicides, both among veterans and among Vermont residents who had received services from state-funded mental health and substance abuse agencies. Tom Delaney of the University of Vermont College of Medicine shared the experience of working with the Data Group, which found that these data indicated that expanding the current GLS funding to include suicide prevention across the lifespan was warranted and made a case for such expansion to key constituents.

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The fifth webinar in the ICRC-S’s fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place on Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The speakers for this webinar were Camille Quinn of The Ohio State University, Kathleen Kemp of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, and Kevin Richard, Deputy Administrator for Rhode Island Family Court. Dr. Quinn provided background information on what is known and not known about juvenile justice involved/incarcerated youth and suicide and moderated the webinar.  Dr. Kemp and Mr. Richard shared their experience implementing an evidence-based mental health and substance use screening protocol (which included suicide ideation) in the family court with diverted youth. In addition, the speakers addressed their plans to implement a brief intervention provided by front-line juvenile court staff for youth who screen positive for suicide ideation as well as plans to pursue the ability to share records across health care and court records. The presenters also spoke to the challenges and successes of their collaboration.

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The fourth webinar in the ICRC-S’s fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar were Marsha Wittink from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Brooke Levandowski from the Veterans Health Administration’s Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention. Their collaborative research project explores clinician perspectives on: 1) which elements of team-based, collaborative care facilitate suicide prevention for individual patients and 2) what aspects of team-based processes might be beneficial for preventing suicide at the population level.

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