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Preventing suicide : a comprehensive public health approach
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    Suicide: an urgent public health problem [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Alex E. Crosby, p. 2-20] -- Implementing promising suicide prevention approaches while enhancing the evidence base [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Eric D. Caine, p. 21-363] -- Using data to increase awareness and prevention of suicide: Colorado's public health approach [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Jarrod Hindman, p. 34-48] -- Progress, partnerships, and optimism in preventing suicide [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Jerry Reed, p. 49-66].

    Suicide is preventable and is a significant public health issue. In 2013, there were over 41,000 suicides in the United States – an average of 113 each day. Each suicide takes a substantial toll on individuals, families and communities. The medical costs and lost wages associated with suicide are estimated to be $51 billion per year. These numbers underestimate the severity of the problem. In 2013, over 494,000 people were treated in US emergency departments for self-inflected injuries. In addition, many more people struggle with thoughts of suicide. For every one suicide, there were over 229 adults who seriously considered suicide.

    The risk for suicidal behavior is complex. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk for suicide but some groups are at higher risk than others. Men are about four times more likely than women to die from suicide. However, women are more likely to express suicidal thoughts and to make nonfatal attempts than men. In the past, suicide was addressed by providing mental health services to people who were already experiencing or showing signs of suicidal thoughts or behavior. While such services are critical, preventing suicide at a national level will require approaches that go beyond mental health issues to address broader family, community, and societal issues.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1pm EST.

    Presented by: Alex Crosby, MD, Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC ["Suicide: An Urgent Public Health Problem"]; Eric D. Caine, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention, University of Rochester Medical Center ["Implementing Promising Suicide Prevention Approaches While Enhancing the Evidence Base"]; Jarrod Hindman, MS, Violence and Suicide Prevention Section Manager, Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, ["Using Data to Increase Awareness and Prevention of Suicide: Colorado's Public Health Approach"]; Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Co-Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide, Vice President, Education Development Center ["Progress, Partnerships, and Optimism in Preventing Suicide"].

    Facilitated by: John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds.

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