“It Takes a Community” Report on the Summit on Opportunities for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in Senior Living Communities

In October 2008, a meeting was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland regarding opportunities for mental health promotion & suicide prevention in senior living communities. This report provides the proceedings from the meeting. The discussions included topics such as the human cost of untreated mental illness, hearing the voices of residents, suicide in older adults, whole-population approaches[…]

The 2009 Nobel Conference on the Role of Genetics in Promoting Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health of the Population

A 3-day Nobel Conference on the role of genetics in promoting suicide prevention & the mental health of the population was held in Stockholm during June 2009. 19 invited presentations covered the genetic basis of mood/psychotic disorders & substance abuse in relation to suicide. This article presents an overview based on the highlights of what[…]

Meeting on Suicide Prevention in the Western Pacific Region: Meeting Report

Attendees represented Cambodia, China, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Tonga, Vanuatu, & Viet Nam.

Hope and Resilience: Suicide Prevention in the Arctic. November 7-8, 2009 Conference Report

This seminar was the second gathering of suicide prevention professionals working in Arctic regions. The seminar examined what is working in suicide prevention & what makes it works – as well as generating attention to the importance of mental & physical well-being in the Arctic. This report has 7 sections: background; understanding the problem; best[…]

Norwegian Action Plan for Suicide Prevention – Practical Implementation of Some of the Goals in one of the Regions

The practical implementation of some of the goals in the Norwegian national suicide prevention plan at the regional level is presented. Both the rationale behind & the aims of building a network of professionals & volunteers are outlined. Information on the work done to raise systematically the level of competence at various levels in the[…]

The Power of Telling Your Story: Youth Engagement Conference – Iqaluit, Nunavut, May 15 – May 18/03

This report summarizes an Inuit youth engagement conference. The youth discussed what they could do from a strengths-based focus to reduce suicide & meet the needs of youth in Nunavut communities. One of the main purposes of the conference was to focus on the importance of storytelling as a key part of Inuit culture. Elders[…]

Self Harm and Suicide Amongst Black and Minority Ethnic Women: a Conference Report

This report summarizes the presentations made at a Glasgow conference on self-harm & suicide among black & ethnic minority women. A number of recommendations were made for the provision of support services, research, & awareness raising.

Current Understandings of Suicide Survivor Issues: Research, Practice, and Plans. Report of the 1st International Suicide Postvention Seminar, September 8, 2006, Portoroz, Slovenia

The authors report on the first International Suicide Postvention Seminar held in September 2006. The seminar provided a state of the art review of the postvention field, with plenary presentations on research, psychotherapeutic care, development of national networks, & of postvention materials. Summaries of the presentations are included in this article. (4 refs.)

Action Plan for Suicide Prevention in Southeast Kansas

This report provides information on a July 2007 symposium in Chanute, Kansas where participants selected action plan priorities for suicide prevention in southeast Kansas. Three priorities were identified, including: local communities & schools incorporating best practices of mental health education, including a suicide prevention component, into health curricula by 2010; addressing the stigma associated with[…]

Recommendations for Suicide Prevention in Nebraska: a Report on the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Symposium

This document provides a report on the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Symposium held June 23, 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Delegates voted on which of 11 recommendations should be pursued, selecting the following as action plan priorities: collaboration to develop a statewide program of suicide assessment & prevention to integrate in school curricula; gathering all available suicide[…]