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Website: Illinois Department of Public Health

Website: It Only Takes One (public awareness campaign)

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2015

Created the Task Force on Veterans' Suicide to investigate the causes to and prevention of suicides among returning Illinois veterans of the United States Military and further directed that the findings of the Task Force be reported to the General Assembly by December 31, 2016. 

2015

Webinar on the Catholic Charities LOSS Program (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide.) This webinar is part of our Highlighting State and Local Suicide Prevention Programs in Illinois Webinar Series. The goal of the series is to provide a platform to increase awareness of state and local suicide prevention resources in Illinois and increase opportunities for linkages.

2015

The purpose of the webinar is to increase awareness of the rules and regulations surrounding mental health and the school-aged child.  The session objectives include 1) describe basic aspects of the Federal IDEA Regulations and state Mental Health Code and School Code, 2) list specific conditions under which students health information may be disclosed and 3) provide resources related to HIPPA and FERPA.  Presenters – Michele Carmichael and Jessica Gerdes, Principal Consultants with the Illinois State Board of Education. A copy of the power point can be downloaded from the handouts pod within the webinar.   A copy of the power point can be downloaded from the handouts pod within the webinar.   

2015

Presenter - Steve Moore - The purpose of the webinar is to provide an overview and demonstration of WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) which is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources hosted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The objectives include 1) Walk through the WISQARS™ data system and display the ability to search, sort and view suicide-related data and create reports, charts and maps and 2) Provide examples of how WISQARS™ data was utilized to inform policy and planning decisions.

2015

Ann Marie’s Law amends the School Code to require ISBE to develop a model suicide awareness and prevention policy, compile, develop and post recommended guidelines and educational materials for training and professional development and recommended resources with age-appropriate educational materials on youth suicide awareness and prevention. At the local level beginning with the 2015-16 school year, each school board must adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy. This Act went into effect on August 21, 2015.

2015

Issue paper entitled "Suicide and Older Adults" was updated and released.

2015

Issue paper entitled "Suicide and Access to Means" was released.

2015

Illinois Department of Public Health’s webinar series on Highlighting State and Local Suicide Prevention Programs in Illinois - This webinar series will serve as a platform to connect agencies to existing initiatives, develop a network so organizations can identify appropriate resources for referrals, increase agency's awareness of resources in their area and help them stay informed of suicide prevention activities so agencies can garner support from multiple settings.