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Style guide: Reporting on mental health

This style guide notes ways in which newsrooms can present a more accurate picture of mental illness. It includes use of appropriate language, verifying information and making help resources available for readers who need them.

Creator 
TEAM up
Publisher 
Entertainment Industries Council
Contributor 
California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA); National Association of Broadcasters
Date published 
2012
Full Text Online 
Yes

TIP 50: Addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treatment

Part of SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series, this manual provides guidelines to help substance abuse treatment counselors work with suicidal adult clients. Covers risk factors and warning signs for suicide, core counselor competencies, clinical vignettes, and information for administrators and clinical supervisors.

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2009
Full Text Online 
Yes

Clinical practice guideline: Suicide risk assessment

This Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) evaluates the scientific and research literature for the initial assessment and evaluation of patients who present to the emergency setting who have suicidal ideation or after attempted suicide and/or those patients at high risk for future attempts of suicide. The CPG evaluates screening tools and scales used to assess potential suicidal patients and predictors of suicide risk for emergency patients.

Creator 
ENA Emergency Nursing Resources Development Committee
Publisher 
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
Date published 
2012
Full Text Online 
Yes

Developing a research strategy for suicide prevention in the Department of Defense: Status of current research, prioritizing areas of need, and recommendations for moving forward

In response to the elevated rate of suicide among U.S. service members, a congressionally mandated task force recommended that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) create a unified, comprehensive strategic plan for suicide prevention research to ensure that DoD-funded studies align with DoD's goals. To help meet this objective, a RAND study cataloged the research funded by DoD and other entities that is directly relevant to military personnel, examined the extent to which current research maps to DoD's strategic research needs, and provided recommendations to ensure that proposed research strategies align with the national research strategy and integrate with DoD's data collection and program evaluation strategies. The study found that although DoD is one of the largest U.S. funders of research related to suicide prevention, its current funding priorities do not consistently reflect its research needs.

Creator 
Ramchand, R.; Eberhart, N. K.; Guo, C.; Pedersen, E.; Savitsky, T. D.; Tanielian, T. & Voorhies, P.
Publisher 
Santa Monica, CA.: RAND Corporation
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS)

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services through a wide variety of resources to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

Creator 
National Council for Behavioral Health
Publisher 
National Council for Behavioral Health
Full Text Online 
Yes

ED-SAFE materials

This resource collection includes the provider tools, the Patient Safety Screener to be administered by ED nursing staff and Patient Safety Secondary Screener to assess if referral to mental health treatment is warranted. It also includes  patient handouts in English and Spanish for self care, how to stay safe and a personal safety plan.

Creator 
Emergency Medicine Network (EMR)
Publisher 
Emergency Medicine Network (EMR)
Full Text Online 
Yes

Training resource guide for suicide prevention in primary care settings

This resource was developed to help guide county efforts to engage primary care in suicide prevention. It includes a one-hour suicide prevention training with slides, notes and handouts; tips, tools and templates to support planning and implementation of the training; and a copy of the SPRC/WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices. Together, these resources cover assessment, screening, safety planning and other issues.
Creator 
Know the Signs Social Marketing Campaign
Publisher 
Education Development Center (EDC)
Contributor 
California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

TIP 57: Trauma-informed care in behavioral health services

This Treatment Improvement Protocol provides evidence-based and best practice information for behavioral health practitioners and administrators working with people who have experienced trauma. Using key trauma-informed principles, it addresses trauma-related prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and treatment issues and strategies. It includes key information to help practitioners and administrators become trauma aware and informed, and implement science-informed intervention strategies across settings and modalities in behavioral health services.

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Contributor 
Knowledge Application Program (KAP)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Model school district policy on suicide prevention

This document assists schools in preventing, assessing, intervening  in, and responding to suicidal behavior, This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Includes a fact sheet on the model policy.

Creator 
Trevor Project
Publisher 
Trevor Project
Contributor 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health: Breaking the silence on law enforcement suicides

In July 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice hosted Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health in order to develop a national strategy to address officer mental wellness and suicide prevention. The strategies outlined in this report are designed as a roadmap for police departments seeking to include officer mental wellness as a core element of officer safety and well-being and to mitigate the threat of officer death by suicide. These strategies are designed to prevent the destructive effects of emotional trauma, mental illness, and officer deaths by suicide on a police community; to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior; and, to provide effective event response protocols when an officer dies by suicide in an agency. Helpful downloads related to the strategies outlined in the report are available on the website. 

Creator 
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Publisher 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
Contributor 
U.S. Department of Justice
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes
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