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CPA's Annual Convention - NOW VIRTUAL!
Due to recent concerns with the COVID Delta variant, we are unfortunately unable to utilize the Yale West Campus for our upcoming 2021 CPA Convention. However, CPA will proceed with the amazing line up of speakers with a virtual 2021 CPA convention. The schedule will remain the same with a one-day event on Friday, October 22nd. The virtual format will allow CPA to record all of the presentations and registered attendees will have viewing access to anything they missed during the convention.
Please register for the CPA 2021 Convention online at: https://connpsych.org/event/cpa-annual-convention/
The CPA Convention will offer 5 CE credits to registered participants (which will be required again for licensure renewal).
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources
Suicide Prevention among Children and Adolescents
Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.
Suicide continues to one of the leading causes of death nationally, including for children and adolescents. These rates have seen even higher increases for certain groups, such as Black, Asian-American and Hispanic individuals. The Director of the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) stated in his 9/6/21 message, that data emerging since the pandemic indicate that many children and adolescents are experiencing increased stress and mental health issues since the beginning of the pandemic Rates of reported or suspected suicide attempts have increased among adolescent girls and LGBQT youth. A recording of a discussion of this information “Suicide Prevention During CoVid: A Continuing Priority” can be viewed on the NIMH Facebook page.
“Asking early, asking often” about suicide provides opportunities to offer support and early intervention, encourage open discussion and increase hope. Psychologists can work with individuals and families on how to open a discussion when there is a change in risk factors or warning signs, and how to help. A conversation can start with “Are you OK”, or “Does something feel like too big of a problem”, avoiding jumping in with advice, and directly asking about thoughts of suicide, “have you ever thought about hurting yourself or ending your life.” Using plain language about suicide helps everyone to be clear about an individual’s experience. Ask about suicide, rather than other terms, like “doing something crazy”.
It is important to stay with an individual if they are having thoughts of suicide while accessing help, and being aware of, and securing, any lethal means in the environment. In a crisis call 211 in Connecticut, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to 741741, but if there is indication of immediate risk or harm call 911. Following up with “caring contacts” through a phone call, card, email, etc. after someone has accessed help is very important in helping them feel connected and supported, reduce stigma, and support communication.
In the past several years there has been an increase in evidence based screening, assessment and intervention. The Connecticut Psychological Association has a list of suicide prevention training, tools and resources for Psychologists, most of them free, on their website.
The Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB), supported by grant funding, has adapted the evidence based brief intervention “Safety Plan”, developed by Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. and Gregory Brown Ph.D., into a mental health resource for children. “Gizmo’s Guide to Pawesome Mental Health” is a book that helps children learn about strategies to manage stress and emotions, identifying trusted adults as a support, and develop a mental health plan. The book can be ordered free of charge in Connecticut through the CTSAB and the website Gizmo 4 Mental Health which contains many resources to promote mental health for children. To order one or more copies in Connecticut:
A brief video on the Gizmo Pawesome Pledge for Mental Health: https://youtu.be/AeIvRCIbRa8
More resources can be found at: Gizmo4mentalhealrh.org
Social Justice Series Monthly Seminar
Monotheism, Mysticism, and Justice | Justice and the Scandal of Mercy
Register for the seminar here: https://connpsych.org/events/list/
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81840484908
Please visit our Social Justice Series page for more information about future speakers and events: https://connpsych.org/social-justice-series/