In a commentary, EDC’s David Litts and Linda Langford recommend that messaging about U.S military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, stories of hopelessness, and failures in the system.
EDC recommends that communications about U.S. military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, tragic stories of hopelessness, and system failures, which have been much more prevalent. This and other EDC recommendations appear in a commentary published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
On World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) was released with the aid of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat. EDC’s Jerry Reed helped craft the new strategy.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides U.S. states, tribes, government agencies, private organizations, colleges and universities, suicide survivor groups, and mental health consumer groups with access to the science and experience that can support their efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide.
SPRC’s mission is to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Toward that end, SPRC provides technical assistance and training, as well as a resource-rich website.
dot-EDU was an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU sought to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. The dot-EDU mission had two foci. First, dot-EDU provided training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications.
EDC is facilitating a policy development project to promote mental health assessments and improve access to mental health services for youth suspended or expelled from California schools. After an analysis of current school district policies on suspension and expulsion from data and focus groups, EDC will determine policy and program recommendations that enable students to receive necessary mental health services in an effort to reduce dropout rates and disparities in access to services.
WWhile research has identified a number of effective suicide prevention strategies, many have not been put into practice. Through this project, EDC will create two toolkits with easy-to-use educational materials and interactive resources that will also focus on institutional and personal barriers that prevent suicide from being addressed in each setting, and provide motivation to create more positive environments.
EDC will produce two new 10-15 page publications—one specifically targeted for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the other for their families. They will be based on the VA National Center for PTSD’s successful publication for war veterans, “Returning from the War Zone”.
Eyes on Bullying is a national, multimedia bullying prevention program designed to provide parents and caregivers with user-friendly and effective ways to learn the essential principles of bullying prevention. The multimedia program, initially developed for IBM employees, includes a 42-page Toolkit with key information, resources, and six skill-building activities for caregivers and parents to use with children.
The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive violence and injury prevention and control curriculum, developed by the World Health Organization and a global network of experts, covering a wide range of topics, designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. To make this curriculum more widely available, EDC created an instructional design approach for conversion of the face-to-face exercises and materials into an electronic, self-paced format with interactive lessons for the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
EDC is working with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) to support the national implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) within the Veterans Health Administration.
EDC will develop print, video, and online training materials for CPT, as well as conduct a national survey of returning veterans to assess issues related to military sexual trauma.
A new resource for colleges created by EDC and The Jed Foundation, Campus MHAP: A Guide to Campus Mental Health Action Planning, helps campus leaders develop plans to promote mental health and assist students who are suffering emotionally.
High school students who are victims of cyberbullying and school bullying are more likely to report elevated mental distress and lower school performance, according to a study conducted by EDC researchers to be published online November 17 by the American Journal of Public Health.
EDC researcher Shari Kessel discusses the findings of a new study that compares cyberbullying and school bullying and their associations with psychological distress among high school students in MetroWest Boston (read the EDC press release). The study, funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation, is published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Shari Kessel Schneider discusses EDC research on the sending of explicit text messages (“sexting”) by teens who took part in the MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey. The biannual survey is funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.