In 2017, the age-adjusted suicide death rate increased to 14 per 100,000 individuals.1 Five of the 8 Region IV states have an age-adjusted suicide rate that is higher than the U.S. rate, with Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama all having rates above 15 per 100,000.2 The efforts to prevent suicide occur at all levels of society, from individuals, to facilities and schools, to policy. The Southeast MHTTC helps clinicians, agencies and states to employ system-level approaches to combat suicide in the southeast.
Our 2019 Needs Assessment revealed that all eight HHS Region IV states consider suicide prevention a key priority for their mental health services. Most of the state mental health agencies currently have initiatives for suicide prevention and state suicide prevention plans. The remaining needs related to suicide prevention in Region IV states include expansion of services and strategies to address suicide risk management in mental health facilities as well as methods to integrate suicide prevention into school-based mental health initiatives.
The Southeast MHTTC is proud to partner with Georgia HOPE to provide a Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training to Master’s level clinicians in the Region IV states. Suicide Risk Assessment is an interactive training targeted to clinicians who provide counseling and/or assessment in a variety of mental health and psychiatric settings. The training not only highlights the importance of suicide risk assessment and management, but also demonstrates ways clinicians can recognize, assess, and intervene when working with at-risk clients.
Southeast MHTTC-sponsored Suicide Risk Assessment and Management trainings are held throughout the Region IV states. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming Suicide Risk Assessment and Management trainings in your state or click here to inquire about scheduling a training.
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality webinar: Dr. David Jobes, the founder and developer of CAMS, presents on this evidence-based suicide-focused clinical framework for effectively treating suicidal patients. Recording and slide deck are available for download.
Suicide Prevention in Healthcare Settings webinar: Dr. Michael Hogan examines suicide prevention in healthcare settings, comparing the progress made in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths with the lack of progress in reducing suicide deaths. The available tools for “suicide care” have comparable cost and effectiveness to CVD interventions and a focus should be placed on improving use of these effective tools. Recording and slide deck are available for download.
Spotlight on Suicide article: A brief article reviewing the current suicide landscape, risk and protective factors, and useful tools and resources clinicians can use to assist someone in crisis.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center, funded by SAMHSA, provides information about effective programs and strategies to prevent suicide.
1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Suicide deaths in the United States. https://www.sprc.org/scope/united-states; Accessed March 4, 2020.
2. Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation. Age-adjusted suicide rate. State Health Facts 2016; https://www.kff.org/statedata/ Accessed February 11, 2019.