Friday, October 31, 2014

Parent and peer disapproval can lead to teen suicide

From:  Reuters

Teens who have attempted suicide, or tried to harm themselves, are more likely to try again to kill or hurt themselves if they think their parents or peers “invalidate” their feelings, a new study suggests.

People can feel invalidated when they feel someone’s not listening to them, or when someone negates their feelings, for example.

Adolescent boys with serious psychiatric problems who felt invalidated by their families were more likely to try to kill themselves, and teen girls with psychiatric problems who felt invalidated by their peers were more likely to mutilate themselves, researchers found.

Researchers interviewed 99 teenagers and their parents when the children were admitted to psychiatric facilities because of a suicide attempt or elevated suicide risk and then again six months later.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

From:  The Associated Press

From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, a prominent research center which provided preliminary results to The Associated Press. Input came from a nationwide sample of 667 youths aged 12-18 who'd been dating within the past year and who completed a self-administered online questionnaire.

Nearly 20 percent of both boys and girls reported themselves as victims of physical and sexual abuse in dating relationships — but the researchers reported what they called a startling finding when they asked about psychological abuse, broadly defined as actions ranging from name-calling to excessive tracking of a victim. More than 60 percent of each gender reported being victims and perpetrators of such behavior.

The survey found no substantive differences in measures by ethnicity, family income or geographic location.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saint Anthony Hospital is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Saint Anthony Hospital as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the Stepping On program, addressing older adult fall prevention as a system-wide initiative.

The Trauma Program at St. Anthony Hospital took the lead to adopt the evidence-based program Stepping On as the injury prevention program for the hospital, and is currently working to ensure that all trauma systems in the Centura system will adopt Stepping On as an injury prevention program.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Saint Anthony's Hospital!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spotlight on Weld County - Safe Sleep Campaign

Two years ago, Weld County experienced four sleep-related infant deaths in a matter of months. The county coroner, who identified this pattern and unusually high number, brought it to the attention of the Prevention Services Unit at the Weld County Department of Human Services. As the Unit further investigated the deaths, they learned that all four deaths were the result of an unsafe sleep environment in which the baby was sharing a bed with an adult. 

Weld County Safe Sleep Press Conference - 2013
Left to Right: Caroline Gelatt, Kathi Brown, Melanie Cyphers

Friday, October 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention and Response: Successful Community Strategies Webinar

2014 Webinar Series - Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Region, VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy and Telling the Story: Regional Suicide Data
Speaker: Charles H. Smith, MA, PhD, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Administrator-Region VIII, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

2:20-2:40 Safe2Tell® Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – The Safe2Tell® violence prevention model was established in Colorado as a response to the Columbine High School tragedy as a way to provide every Colorado student, parent, teacher and community member a safe and anonymous way to report concerns about safety. Safe2Tell provides tangible solutions founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention are the keys to stopping school violence and saving lives.
Speaker: Susan Payne, Founding Executive Director of Safe2Tell®

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Teen Driver Safety Research Released

A new report, led by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sheds new light on crash involvement of newly-licensed young drivers. Available on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Guide Offers Ideas on How Communities Can Foster Supportive Environments for Kids | The Prevention Institute

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments, developed by Prevention Institute. This publication provides guidance to mobilize communities to create safe spaces and settings that keep kids safe and support their healthy development. Part of CDC’s Essentials for Childhood initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect, this document lays out steps that communities can use to build support for many issues. PI presents nine key elementsand case examples, organized in three clusters:

1. Develop a Shared Vision.
2. Build Understanding of the Need and Solutions.
3. Partner.

For more information visit the Safe Families and Communities webpage.