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.
The Tribal Youth Program (TYP) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center addresses the need to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native juvenile justice and other systems–education, mental health and social services, culture, recreation and employment programs–all critical to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s mission of reducing juvenile delinquency, violence, child victimization, and increasing the safety of tribal communities.
The purpose of this project is to identify and document implementation issues experienced by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration community and school grantees who received support to implement and evaluate youth violence prevention efforts.
EDC is developing a teenage dating violence and abuse curriculum, Love Is Not Abuse, that will be taught in grade 9 English and health classrooms. Unlike other curricula on the subject, Love Is Not Abuse’s entry into the issue is unique; it will use brief, engaging texts (e.g., poetry, short stories, excerpts from screenplays, and theatrical plays) as a springboard to build young people’s awareness of how to make healthy choices in relationships and what to do if they are in abusive ones.
Most teens work by the time they graduate from high school. Although work can be a positive experience, it also has risks. Every year 100,000 teens are seriously injured on the job. To improve the safety of young workers, the center provides training for the staff of school and community-based job readiness and placement programs, preparing them to teach teens about occupational safety and health. The center also provides seminars, technical assistance, and resources to employers of youth and to other education and employment-related organizations serving youth.
EDC is working with the National Law Enforcement Museum to develop the Domestic Violence Awareness Program (DVAP).
DVAP is a professional development program for teachers, administrators, school resource officers, counselors, and other school professionals to help them identify, address, and develop community-wide support for students who are living in households where domestic violence occurs.
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.
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.
The Boston Public Schools hired EDC to assist with its bullying prevention initiatives and in this story, Ed Donnelly of EDC’s Bullying Prevention Research Institute discusses efforts to train Boston teachers how to spot and prevent bullying in their schools.
EDC Vice President Jerry Reed has received the 2012 Public Service Award from the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), which bestows the award in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy for prevention science and research-based programs. Reed was presented with the award at SPR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Boston Public Schools asked EDC to develop an anti-bullying program that uses high school students as peer leaders to teach social and emotional skills to young people involved in all aspects of bullying.
EDC and Boston Public Schools are partners in an innovative approach to expand and deepen the schools’ ongoing efforts to respond to and prevent bullying, in compliance with the 2010 Massachusetts Bullying Prevention and Intervention Law.
EDC has been invited to participate in an academic symposium on ways to reach youth and promote a culture free from bullying, which is part of the national launch of the Born This Way Foundation by pop star Lady Gaga.