A Weekly Newsletter of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)





New resources for Emergency Department clinical staff

SPRC and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) have released a four-color poster that provides Emergency Department practitioners with information on recognizing and responding to acute suicide risk. “Suicide Risk: A Guide for Evaluation and Triage” is a short companion piece for staff that includes additional advice and a discharge planning checklist. The two publications, plus an information insert, can be ordered from the Emergency Nurses Association through the ENA Marketplace (http://www.ena.org/store).


Release of video on military mental health

Screening for Mental Health has announced the release of A Different Kind of Courage: Safeguarding and Enhancing Your Psychological Health, a video that features interviews and personal stories from military mental health experts, chaplains, and service and family members to show the effects of combat and deployment stress on service members and their families. The video is part of the DoD-funded Mental Health Self-Assessment Program, which also offers opportunities for anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments to service members and their families.




The Weekly Spark summarizes news articles from around the nation each week. The following news headlines and descriptions have been posted to the SPRC News page with links to the original articles.




More than half firearm deaths are suicides


Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in the US in 2005, a trend that has been true for 20 of the last 25 years. This article discusses statistics, the Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on gun ownership, and the reaction from suicide prevention and public health organizations to current research on guns and gun-related injuries.





Vets step up to prevent suicide


This article discusses suicide prevention and other mental health services available to veterans in the Nebraska and Western Iowa area.


South Dakota:

Agencies committed to partnering with Rosebud to address suicide

[Lakota Country Times]

A two-day “Wiconi Wakan”, or sacred life, suicide prevention summit was held at Sinte Gleska University. The summit brought together officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services, state agency representatives, and members of the Rosebud Sioux tribe to discuss prevention efforts.



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