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CPA Mental Health Awareness Community Outreach Event Presentation

Please use the presentation along with the video recording as a resource and guide on Mental Health Awareness. This presentation as well as the accompanying resources were designed for the general community.

Mental Health Awareness Event May 2021 Presentation

Racism and Discrimination on the Mental Health of our Black Communities: A Guide

Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) 2020: Social Responsiveness in Health Service Psychology Education and Training Toolkit

Suicide Resources for Survivors

Compiled by Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D, ABPP

  1. SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide by Jeffrey Jackson can be very helpful.  It’s about 30 pages and is free online; just Google the title.  Thus it’s really easy to access. It is intended to be a “bite-sized overview”. It focuses on a wide range of feelings with empathy and sensitivity. It was written in 2003, some of the stats/references are dated.
  2. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is the text to the page that has some links regarding help for teens and children:
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  4. This book is from The Dougy Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can just download it or print it.
  6. Overall resources and numbers from a google search:

Suicide Prevention Resources for Psychologists

Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.

Suicide is a public health crisis, rates of suicide have increased each year since 1999. It is among the 10 leading causes of death nationally, and the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults.

The Surgeon General developed the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in 2001, updated in 2012. There has also been an increase in research on prevention, including assessment and intervention.   

Early intervention has been shown to be an effective response in preventing suicide. Identifying those at risk by asking about suicidal ideation and behavior, using evidence based tools, provides the opportunity to intervene. These Interventions include Evidence Based brief intervention, such as the Safety Plan Intervention, and therapy. Examples of Evidence Based Treatment include: Cognitve Behavioral Treatment for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP); Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT); and Collaborative Assessment and Management for Suicidality (CAMS)

The CPA Webinar Series archive includes a webinar entitled “Suicide Prevention in Clinical Practice”, Episode 7, dated 11/1/2019 that provides an overview of suicide prevention information for Psychologists, including introductory training on evidence based screening and assessment with the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and brief intervention, Stanley & Brown Safety Plan.

Resources for further learning: