Suicide and suicide prevention have been in the news a lot in recent years. The rates in the US are going up, while suicide rates globally are going down - but why? Celebrities globally are dying from suicide, it's the 2nd leading cause of death in US youth, and is affecting every demographic more and more. Over a million people in the US attempt suicide every year and a vast majority survive - why do some people live and others die? We're suicidologists from the American Association of Suicidology (suicidology.org), the world's largest membership-based suicide prevention organization and we want to tell you all about the field. Over the last several years, we've been working with technology companies to help predict suicide risk, video game organizations to lessen risk and help save lives, tabletop gaming groups, the media, journalists, and entertainment companies. We've seen it all, heard it all, know a lot about what we know and what we don't know about suicide and why it all matters. Ask us anything!
In collaboration with the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine, AAS is hosting a day-long Facebook Live event featuring experts in the medical field. Interviewees will include physician experts in mental health and suicide prevention, as well as experts from intersecting fields.
The National Council’s Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. Held in partnership with national mental health and addiction organizations, Hill Day gathers hundreds of behavioral health providers, C-suite level executives, board members, consumers and community stakeholders in D.C. for sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy. After these sessions, Hill Day attendees take their message to Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment in their communities. Learn more about Hill Day here.
We're incredibly excited to see everyone at #AAS19 at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, CO for our 52nd Annual Conference April 24th-27th, 2019!
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Over the past decade, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has served over 11,000 suicide loss survivors, and has developed a best-practice postvention model to support suicide loss survivors. In the course of developing this model of care, TAPS has discovered some interesting, and perhaps counter-intuitive, truths. For example, while suicide loss is utterly devastating, it is also true that suicide loss survivors are often uniquely positioned to achieve posttraumatic growth after loss.
Survivors in the posttraumatic growth phase of the TAPS postvention model often describe positive changes in the way they see and interact with the world. While grief is a lifelong journey, many survivors also report enhanced relationships, a deeper capacity for empathy, and a feeling of new meaning and purpose in their lives.
This training develops insight around best-practice grief support for suicide loss survivors, with the ultimate goal of helping survivors find new meaning and purpose as they progress along their healing journey.
Kim Ruocco, MSW
Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Shauna Springer, PhD
Senior Director of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
Identify three specific practices that may help people experience healthy grief journeys
Describe why suicide loss survivors are uniquely positioned for post-traumatic growth
Identify two issues that may interfere with a healthy grief journey
Registration is FREE and open to the public. The program will include an optional 30-minute Q&A session beginning at 1:00 pm ET. This training is designed for professionals working with bereaved veterans and military families and will contain information that is academic in nature.
Continuing Education Information
One (1) hour of continuing education credit is available for a variety of professional boards through the TAPS Institute for $25 per certificate. Instructions for obtaining CEs will be provided during the program.
Click here for detailed program information and a list of approved boards.
National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention from the Primary Care Twitter Chat
The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 27th at 2pm EST.
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, NCIBH will focus on Suicide Prevention from the Primary Care perspective. The chat will include topics on behavioral health screenings, best practices, education, and training.
The goal of the chat is to cultivate new resources, network with organizations in the same space, and advance the conversation around Suicide Prevention to improve access and outcomes for patients.
AAS will be a participating partner in the event.
The goals of this webinar, Autism Resources for Crisis Centers, are to explain how to use resources specific to the autism community when an autistic person calls or texts a crisis line, as well as to describe how volunteers will use the resources to help autistic people.
• Autism friendly resources for crisis centers
• One page resource paper and supplemental pages
• Utilizing this resource in crisis centers setting
Learning Objectives – after the webinar participants will be able to:
• List the information on the one page resource and supplemental pages
• Describe how to identify and work with autistic people on a call or text crisis line
• Explain the benefit of addressing autism in their crisis centers
• Implement this resource for frontline use in your crisis center
1.00 hour of CE Credit
American Association of Suicidology has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
The American Association of Suicidology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) is pleased to announce an emergency medicine collaborative effort with AAEM, AAEM/RSA, ACEP, ACOEP, ACOEP-RSO, EMRA, and SAEM in the initiation of the first National Physician Suicide Awareness Day on September 17, 2018.
Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest
September 10, 2018- October 18, 2018
The stories of those who have attempted suicide or experienced persistent suicidal ideation have, for too long, remained untold. Due to stigma and taboo, the world has been denied important educational narratives. The purpose of the Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest is to encourage the publication of these stories of survival, hope, recovery, and revival.
Top three submissions will receive cash prizes as follows:
1st place: $1,500
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500
Winners will be announced in February of 2019 and awards will be presented during AAS’ 52nd Annual Conference in Denver, CO April 24-27th, 2019. We encourage any interested participants to review the judging criteria and participant guidelines, as well as other important listed information, before submitting your literary piece. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 10th, 2018 through October 18th, 2018 through the AAS online portal.
To learn more and submit your work, click here.
If you have lived through the dark night of a suicidal journey and lived to tell about it, we want your story to be shared with the world, and with those who may be about to embark on a similar, possibly life-threatening, path. AAS is very proud to share the winning submissions to promote the message of hope, healing, and recovery for attempt survivors and those with lived experiences.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, & Life is an annual event around World Suicide Prevention Day. On this weekend, faith communities all around the country pledge to join in prayer for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings, the people who love and care for them, and for those who feel close to someone who has died by suicide. The National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life is one aspect of the Faith.Hope.Life Campaign.
Check out our brief promotional video and consider pledging to participate during the weekend of September 7-9. Spread the word widely, inviting all types of faith communities and organizations to join the movement and pledge to be part of this annual event. To learn more, go to: www.PrayFaithHopeLife.org.
Twitter chat hosted by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas highlighting National Suicide Prevention Week activities of some of the nation's largest suicide prevention organizations. Follow the #ElevateTheConvo and #BeThere hashtags to participate.
AAS believes suicide prevention should be the focus every day, everywhere. The second leading cause of death among youth, it's time to get involved in suicide prevention, not just today but every day. One way to show others you support suicide prevention is by wearing t-shirts that promote simply asking a friend "U OK?" Asking that question can be the first step to getting help. It's time to make #AAS365 a priority.
These shirts will only be available for a limited time! Order by August 20th, and you'll receive your shirt by the start of National Suicide Prevention Month! Interested in a group order? Bulk (10+ shirts) order discounts can be obtained by calling Central Office at (202) 237-2280.
Promote your support by posting a picture of you with the t-shirt on social media with the hashtags #AAS365, #NSPW18, and #BeThere so we can see how far suicide prevention can go!
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The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) announced today that its campaign to recognize National Suicide Prevention Month and Week will focus on awareness and education every day of the year. AAS is marking the launch of the campaign with a new website - aas365.org. The site will feature resources for suicide prevention groups, organizations, and media professionals across the country, encouraging them to participate in National Suicide Prevention Month activities, while also creating longterm efforts and initiatives.
"As we're all well aware from the unfortunate and high-profile celebrity suicides of this summer, this public health crisis affects people every day and not necessarily during any particular month. We need to recognize that anyone can be at risk of suicide at anytime and we need to be more proactive in our efforts at every level," said Colleen Creighton, Executive Director of AAS.
While attention is usually most heavily focused on suicide prevention during the month of September, especially the second week marking National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9 -15, 2018), AAS has chosen to empower its members and the general public to remember that fighting suicide can, and should, happen every single day.
Suicide kills over 45,000 people every year in the United States, is the 10th leading cause of death nationally, and is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth aged 10-24.