Virtual Forum: The Aftermath Of Suicide: What Can Be Done & How Should We Talk About It?
Location: Online Via PsychU.org
Description: Suicide rates are on the rise nationally, with recent Centers for Disease Control statistics indicating a 28% rise in suicide-related deaths between 1999-2016. Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of death in the United States overall, and the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10 and 34 years of age, leaving more than half of the US population experiencing its direct impact. Although assessment, prevention, and intervention strategies are crucial for predicting and preventing suicide, postvention / exposure practices are paramount to facilitating bereavement and healing in those impacted by suicide. Media coverage, as well as our own suicide-related language, can have a significant effect on either mitigating grief or sensationalizing the loss for family, friends, loved ones, and society at large.
In this Virtual Forum, Dr. Julie Cerel & Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman will discuss what happens after a patient, family member, or friend takes their life by suicide, and how promoting postvention activities is essential for various stakeholders in the community, including mental health professionals. Speakers will also cover the critical components of postvention / exposure research, and appropriate suicide language relevant to health care professionals and the lay public.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline / Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
Speakers are paid consultants to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.View Flyer (PDF)