Means matter: Suicide, guns, and public health

Demonstrates that reducing a suicidal person’s access to lethal means helps save lives, particularly among impulsive attempters and that firearms are the most lethal and most common suicide method. “Means Matter” is a HICRC social marketing campaign aimed at educating members of the 50 statewide suicide prevention coalitions about the connection between firearms at home and increased risk of suicide.

Cultural competence in mental health

This brochure briefly describes: what is culture; what is cultural competence; diversity in the United States; how to incorporate cultural competency standards into practice; and an example of cultural competence in practice (a community-based intervention for elderly Chinese Americans).

AgePage: Depression

This brochure, derived from the bulletin AgePage, provides information on the causes and symptoms of depression, how to get help, treatment options, and prevention.

Preventing suicide in jails and prisons

Aimed at the administrators who develop or implement mental health programs in correctional settings, and, more directly, correctional officers who are responsible for the safety and custody of suicidal inmates. Provides some general background on suicide and identifies a number of key prevention components.

Depression and bipolar wellness guides for parents and teens

These two guides were developed to help parents and their teen children better understand and monitor treatment for depression and bipolar disorder.

The Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guide for Parents of Children and Teens with Depression or Bipolar Disorder is intended for use by parents of children or teens diagnosed with major depression, dysthymia, or bipolar disorder. This guide addresses mood disorders, treatment, monitoring of treatment, working together as a family, and a three-step wellness approach. The guide also includes descriptions of worsening signs such as suicidal thoughts, and includes a diary for tracking mood, medications, and other aspects of treatment, which can be reviewed with a therapist or doctor. The Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guide for Teens with Depression or Bipolar Disorder is intended for use by teens diagnosed with major depression, dysthymia, or bipolar disorder. This guide addresses practical questions that teens often have regarding these disorders and their treatment, including: “How can treatment help?” “How are these disorders treated?” “What if I don’t want to talk to my parents or doctors about this?” and “What if I feel worse?” Recommendations for enhancing treatment effectiveness, including a three-step wellness approach, are also included.

After using one of the guides, parents and teens should:
• Have increased understanding of depression, bipolar disorder and their treatment.
• Have increased knowledge of a three-step wellness approach that may increase treatment adherence and effectiveness.
• Have increased awareness of suicidal behavior, including symptoms and preventive interventions, as they relate to young people diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder.

Implementation Essentials:
• The parent and teen Guides are intended for use by those already in treatment.
• Parents and their children should use these guides together, in collaboration with their therapist or doctor.

The Depression and bipolar wellness guide for parents of children and teens with depression or bipolar disorder and the Depression and bipolar wellness guide for teens with depression or bipolar disorder are sold as a set @ 11.95 each. Shipping charges range from $5 – $27 depending on the weight of the quantity ordered.