Subjecting developing adolescents to isolation can cause permanent psychological damage and multiple studies suggest it is highly correlated with suicide. According to research published by the Department of Justice, more than 50% of all youth suicides in juvenile facilities occurred while young people were isolated alone in their rooms, and that more than 60% of young people who committed suicide in custody had a history of being held in isolation. This toolkit provides an overview of the issue of isolation and how it is defined, a summary of the research substantiating the negative impacts of isolation, five steps to reducing the use of isolation, action steps for CJCA directors; and case studies from four state agencies that significantly reduced the use of isolation.
This report describes the activities of 34 tribal communities served by CAPT under SAMHSA’s Science to Service Initiative conducted between 2010 and 2014. The locally-developed programs addressed substance abuse and associated factors both causal (primarily historical trauma) and consequential (primarily suicide). The report discusses evaluation processes, results, challenges and barriers to those programs.
This information brief introduces prevention practitioners to the positive youth development framework as an effective approach to preventing alcohol abuse and suicide among Native youth. Prevention practitioners working in Indian Country can use this resource to inform their prevention planning and guide their selection of effective prevention interventions.
The National Center for Campus Public Safety brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of colleges and universities. It promotes campus public safety efforts and develops comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, as well as delivering training and technical assistance to campus security teams, student affairs professionals and key stakeholders.
This webpage provides links to helpful resources for college students, especially those new to college life, who may be experiencing stress or mental health difficulties. It includes information on stress and academic performance, substance abuse and depression, self-care as well as the Back to Campus toolkit. The toolkit features fact sheets for students and a poster/flyer and information for colleges and universities about what types of services should be in place to address the mental health needs of the student body. There is also a link to the MHA report, Young People and Suicide: Safeguarding your Students against Suicide.
NAMI on Campus is a way in which students with mental health issues can form peer-run mental health groups. These are student-led clubs that support fellow students; raise mental health awareness; educate the campus community and promote services and supports.
This publication is intended to simplify, organize, and provide a context for the information and resources prevention coordinators need for successful programs. It discusses critical elements of prevention: engaging partners in solutions (coalitions); understanding the problem (collecting data); becoming aware of best practices in prevention; building a strategic plan and connecting with others. Includes a resource list for further information.
This document was created to guide the process of involving peers in suicide prevention programs within a campus community. It briefly review the research on college student suicide; define relevant terms; classifies models for peer involvement; reviews eight key considerations for planning programs; provides examples of programs; suggests topics for future work and provides additional resources.
The SPRC is supported by a grant (1 U79SM062297) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.