When helping hurts: Self-care strategies for refugee community leaders & service

This webinar–co-sponsored by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (Administration on Children and Families) and SAMHSA–focused on individual and collective reactions to trauma, resilience, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, strategies to promote a collaborative and positive work environment, and self-care. The webinar was designed in response to suicides in the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community and was geared toward refugee community leaders, caseworkers, community-based organization leaders, and faith-based leaders as well as refugees.

Presenter Nancy E. Kelly, MEd, is a Public Health Advisor in the Emergency Mental Health & Traumatic Stress Services Branch, CMHS, SAMHSA. Co-presenter Chelsea L. Booth, PhD, is a Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch, CMHS, SAMHSA.

Everyone Plays A Role in Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a preventable public health problem. There is strong evidence that a comprehensive public health approach is effective in reducing suicide rates. Learn about the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the ultimate goal of eliminating the tragic experience of suicide by watching this webcast.

“Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention: Turning Strategy Into Action” is an event that included a keynote speaker, knowledgeable plenary presenters, and a panel representing high-risk populations. The event kicked off “75 Days of Action” to put plans into action and begin to dramatically reduce suicides by National Suicide Awareness Day on September 10, 2013.

Presenters Surgeon General VADM Regina Benjamin, Richard McKeon, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Suicide Prevention Branch, Jerry Reed, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center and Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education


How Can We Prevent Premature Death and Injury

Shared risks contribute to premature deaths among youth and young adults due to suicide, homicide, and accidental deaths (motor vehicle accidents, overdoses). Dr. Caine spoke about community integrated approaches to address common risks that contribute to diverse outcomes on the path to premature deaths, such as attempted suicide and substance use/alcohol misuse. Dr, Caine focused on suicide prevention as an example.

Presenter Eric M. Caine, MD, is the Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the head of the only CDC- funded Injury Control Research Center dedicated to Suicide Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Strategies and Resources to Improve Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

This webinar, sponsored by SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center, provided an overview of the risk and protective factors associated with SMVF suicide. Resources and strategies that can be used to help SMVF who are in crisis were discussed. The webinar also included a review of a comprehensive suicide prevention plan and examples of what states, communities, and organizations are doing to reduce SMVF suicides.

Presenters Janet Kemp, RN, PhD, National Mental Health Program Director, Suicide Prevention and Community Engagement, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Julie Ebin, EdM, Senior Prevention Specialist, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Casey Olson, Prevention, Response, and Outreach Strategic Initiatives Program Manager, National Guard Bureau, Luana J. Ritch, PhD, Nevada Policy Academy State Team Leader, Quality Assurance Specialist III, Veterans & Military Families, Nevada Mental Health Services

Suicide Contagion: Evidence and Implications for Postvention

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (Administration on Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), focused on introducing the concept of suicide clusters, describing practical postvention tips that could mitigate suicide clusters, and identifying strategies for responsible communication and reporting of suicide attempts and incidents. The information in this webinar is targeted to state employees, refugee coordinators, refugee community members, and nonprofit organizations responsible for reception and support during the resettlement process.

Event Presenter(s)

Madelyn Gould, PhD., MPH (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University; Deputy Director of Research Training Program in Child Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute)

Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH (Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Suicide Contagion: Evidence and Implications for Postvention

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Changing the Public Conversation about Suicide and Suicide Prevention

This webinar discussed initiatives that are advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention -Strategic Direction 1: Healthy and Empowered  Individuals, Families and Communities.  It provided an overview, strategic framework, and application examples of  The Jed Foundation’s  Love is Louder and New York University’s  LiveWellNYU campaigns. These are inspiring initiatives that are changing the public conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.

The CMHS Suicide Prevention Branch presents a two-part webinar to discuss suicide and intimate partner violence.

Part I includes presentations from Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN (Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing), Catherine Ceruli, JD, PhD (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, & Director, Department of Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, University of Rochester), and Jake Fawcett (Fatality Review, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence).The last hour of the webinar includes an open forum discussion on critical issues in suicide and intimate partner violence.

Research Highlights Series: Thomas Joiner & Peter Wyman

In this edition of the SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Branch’s Research Highlights series, Dr. Thomas Joiner discussed his work on the Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior, a leading theory in the field of suicidology.  Dr. Peter Wyman, from the University of Rochester, commented on the implications of Dr. Joiner’s theory for prevention efforts and practice.

Research Highlights Series: Suicide & Intimate Partner Violence

Presenters: Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABBP, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine and President-Elect of the American Psychological Association.

Marylouise Kelley, PhD, Director, DHHS Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau & Co-Chair of the HHS Steering Committee on Violence Against Women.

Carole Warshaw, MD, Executive Director Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative and Director National Training and TA Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health.