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Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement for Native Americans Contemplating Suicide

Posted: September 23, 2012

The Native Cry Outreach Alliance, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention within the Native American community, has produced a gripping new public service announcement (PSA) aimed at Natives who are considering taking their own lives. With tight close-ups of real people who have lost loved ones to suicide, comments from professionals and educators hoping to reverse the high rates of suicide within Native communities, and an overall message of support, this PSA may help save precious lives throughout Indian Country.

Read more on the Indian Country Today Media Network. Watch the PSA on YouTube. Visit the Native Cry Outreach Alliance website.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide in Punjabi

Posted: September 21, 2012

The Punjabi version of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) resource - KEN01-0093, was prompted by a violent incident at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August 2012. The guide helps parents and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by the trauma after an act of violence. Describes signs of stress reactions that are common in young trauma survivors at different ages, and offers tips on how to help.

Download the guide (pdf). Other SAMHSA resources in Punjabi include How to Deal with Grief and Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event - Managing Your Stress.

Minority-Serving Hospitals have Problems with Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction

Posted: September 20, 2012

Previous studies have shown disparities in the quality of care for blacks, including higher surgical mortality and complication rates. Patients treated in hospitals with high concentrations of black patients reported less satisfaction with their care and experienced several difficulties, reveals a new study titled Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction in Hospitals With High Concentrations of Black Patients. The researchers examined patient discharge data from 568 hospitals in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. They also surveyed nurses on their work environments, staffing levels, patient/family complaints, and the occurrence of adverse events, such as infections. Hospitals with the largest percentages of black patients were large, urban, teaching hospitals. Nurses working at these institutions were more likely to report that they were not confident patients would be able to manage their care after discharge.

Nurses also reported more frequent complaints and infections at hospitals with the highest percentage of black patients. Nurse staffing was significantly associated with three outcomes: poor confidence in discharge care capabilities, frequent patient/family complaints, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Overall, the concentration of black patients in a hospital was a significant predictor of poor satisfaction and nurse-assessed outcomes.

Read more on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website. Read the abstract of the article.

Remembering Mareasa Isaacs: Early Contributor to the NNED

Posted: September 18, 2012

Mareasa Isaacs, PhD, passed away on Sunday, August 26th at her home after a brief illness. Dr. Isaacs was an early supporter of and contributor to the NNED. She co-authored the original NNED Blueprint that outlines the rationale for the NNED in the context of behavioral health disparities, the core principles and values that guide NNED interactions, and priority areas for the NNED. Her work and passion continues on through the work of the NNED.

Read a tribute to Dr. Isaacs on the Children's Mental Health Network.

Not Another Life to Lose: Suicide Prevention Issue of National Council Magazine

Posted: September 18, 2012

In a nation where there is a suicide every 15 minutes, how can we more effectively engage and intervene with those who experience such pain and despair that they plan to take their lives? “Not Another Life to Lose,” the special issue of National Council Magazine, offers answers from the leaders in the field and from those like who have suffered, survived, and inspired others through their stories of resiliency and courage.

The magazine has a section on special populations and includes the following articles:

  • Shattering the Black Suicide Myth
  • A Legacy of Strength: Changing the Tide Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Older Adults: Changing the Alarming Statistics
  • Coming Out of the Closet: Unearthing the Facts on LGBT Suicide
  • Reversing the Culture of Suicide in Rural America: Advantage Primary Care
  • Culture Shock: Latina Teens Face Suicide Risk

The magazine also features an infographic -- “Suicide in America”, that promotes awareness and prevention. The infographic provides suicide rates by age, race and gender, it also provides data on populations at highest risk and those that need focused intervention. It is available to share across social media and on the web.

Read the complete magazine (pdf). Download the infographic.

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