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CSN - Screening Youth for Suicide Risk - Webinar July 30, 2019

Posted 12 months ago by Annette Johansen

CSN Webinar
July 30, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Screening Youth for Suicide Risk
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
The suicide rate among U.S. youth and young adults, ages 10 to 24, has risen in recent years, increasing by nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2017, and reaching its highest point since 2000 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, 6769 suicides occurred among youth and young adults ages 10 to 24 years, of which 5375 were male and 1394 were female. (1,2) Early detection of suicide risk through screening is an important method of identifying those at risk. Research-based screening and assessment tools are available for use in multiple settings. 
In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Horowitz of the National Institute of Mental Health, and Dr. Jeff Bridge of Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide background data on suicide and suicidal behavior among youth and young adults and discuss suicide prevention research in screening in both medical and school settings. Turning suicide prevention research into real-world adaptations of sustainable programs is challenging, but lessons learned from real-world adaptations can inform more effective suicide prevention strategies in multiple settings. Dr. Horowitz will present on the ASQ (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions) tool developed to help clinicians ask patients directly about suicidal ideation and behavior. She will describe a 3-tiered clinical pathway for implementing suicide risk screening in all medical settings including emergency departments, Inpatient medical/surgical units and outpatient primary care settings. School systems are also critical venues to identify and intervene upon youth at risk. Sustainable models of school-based suicide prevention programs are necessary for individual schools and the surrounding communities that may suffer from limited resources. Dr. Bridge will discuss implementations of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program, which was designed to help schools utilize community partnerships while implementing critical best-practice features of gatekeeper training, peer-to-peer support, and universal suicide risk assessment. 
  1. WISQARS CDC database
  2. Suicide Rates Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2000-2017. Oren Miron, MA1; Kun-Hsing Yu, MD, PhD1; Rachel Wilf-Miron, MD, MPH2; et al. JAMA. 2019;321(23):2362-2364. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5054
This webinar will be archived.
Please note that we are unable to provide CEUs or certificates for our webinars.
Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH is a staff scientist / pediatric psychologist in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She serves as a senior attending psychologist with a specialty in pediatric psychology on the Psychiatry Service in the Hatfield Clinical Research Center at NIH. The major focus of Dr. Horowitz’s research has been detection of suicide risk in the medical setting. She is the lead principal investigator on six National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suicide prevention protocols that involve validating and implementing the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) in the emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical, and outpatient primary care settings. Dr. Horowitz is collaborating with hospitals, outpatient pediatric clinics, and school settings around the country, assisting with implementation of suicide risk screening and management of patients who screen positive, using the ASQ Toolkit and Youth Suicide Risk Screening Clinical Pathways, both available online.
Jeff Bridge, PhD is director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Bridge’s research focuses on the epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behavior in young people, neurocognitive vulnerability to suicidal behavior, screening for suicide risk in medical and school settings, and on improving the quality of care for suicidal youth. 
Bonnie Lipton, MPH works as a Senior Prevention Specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at the Education Development Center (EDC), providing customized consultation in suicide prevention to campuses, states, and communities. Bonnie has worked in public health for over 15 years for organizations such as Tufts University, John Snow Research and Training Institute, and Henry Ford Health System. Bonnie has an M.P.H. in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $1,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 
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