News and Highlights

This section presents news and highlights from SPRC and the suicide prevention field. Use the filters on the left to find the following items:

  • Weekly Spark, SPRC’s online newsletter, containing brief news articles, research summaries, announcements, and funding opportunities. Subscribe to the Weekly Spark.
  • Director’s Corner, a monthly column by SPRC leadership and guest authors.
  • From the Field, innovative activities being implemented in states, communities, healthcare organizations, and other settings. 
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Weekly Spark
December 17, 2021
NBC News According to preliminary federal data released in November, suicide rates in the overall population declined in 2020 for the second year in...
Weekly Spark
October 29, 2021
WHYY Experts are calling for increased efforts to understand and address rising suicide rates among Black youth. According to principal investigator...
Weekly Spark
October 15, 2021
Oklahoma Watch Recent data show the number of suicide deaths in Oklahoma increased last year. The number in 2020 was 10% higher than in 2019, and 62...
Weekly Spark
October 01, 2021
The New York Times Bisexual people may experience more mental health challenges than their peers. A 2017 meta-analysis found bisexual participants...
Weekly Spark
September 10, 2021
AP News Mental health experts and faith leaders are working together to prevent suicide in Muslim communities. According to Rania Awaad, director of...
Weekly Spark
September 03, 2021
ABC News School districts across the country are increasing support for student mental health this fall. To help students cope with stress and trauma...
Weekly Spark
September 03, 2021
Inside Higher Ed News Results of a pilot program show how campuses can support the mental health of students of color. The Jed Foundation and The...
Weekly Spark
September 03, 2021
TODAY An upstream suicide prevention curriculum is expanding across Connecticut schools. Featuring a therapy dog named Gizmo, the curriculum teaches...
Weekly Spark
July 23, 2021
ABC News According to a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suspected suicide attempts increased among teen girls...
Weekly Spark
July 23, 2021
NPR A school-hospital partnership in Long Island may be a model for connecting kids with mental health care. In response to a series of student...
Weekly Spark
June 25, 2021
WHYY A Philadelphia nonprofit is providing free therapy to Black men. Initially a campaign to reduce mental health stigma, the program has expanded...
Weekly Spark
May 21, 2021
NBC News New research suggests global suicide rates did not rise at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers looked at data from 21...
Weekly Spark
April 23, 2021
The New York Times Magazine According to experts, it is unclear whether the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the nation’s suicide rate. What is clear is...
Weekly Spark
April 23, 2021
USA Today A recent study found an increase in suicidal thoughts and self-harm during and after pregnancy. The study used data from 2006 to 2017 on...
Weekly Spark
April 23, 2021
The Washington Post School communities are working to meet students’ increased mental health needs during the pandemic. For example, New York City is...