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Crisis centers are a staple in their communities for the people they serve and the lives they influence one call, chat, or text at a time. There is great benefit in familiarizing yourself with your local center to learn about their specific services. more

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Preventing veteran suicides is not so different from any other caring intervention, yet, being with a veteran does offer some unique challenges for social workers. more

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Autistic people are at a high risk of suicidal ideation and/or dying by suicide. Research has found a 66% lifetime experience of suicidal ideation and a 35% lifetime experience of planned or attempted suicide. What steps can we take to help? more

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How do clinicians contribute to the low rate of mental health treatment engagement in suicidal individuals? What can social workers do differently to increase the rate of treatment engagement? more

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As a social worker, what can you do to prevent youth suicide? The good news is that there are several psychotherapies that have been shown to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. Expert Jonathan Singer provides 5 tips for social workers. more

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Essential suicide prevention resources for social workers include trainings, certifications, telephone and text hotlines, a resource center, podcasts, Twitter chats, a data collection initiative, and more. Part 2 of a series on suicide prevention. more

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American Association of Suicidology president Julie Cerel, Ph.D., dispels myths about suicide and who is affected by suicide exposure. more

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The New Social Worker and the American Association of Suicidology collaborate to present a series of articles on suicide prevention and treatment during National Suicide Prevention Month. more

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Suicide is a public health problem that can and must be prevented. National Council for Behavioral Health president and CEO Linda Rosenberg responds to recent suicides in the news. more

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With the release of Season 2 of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, 75 leading mental health, education, suicide prevention, and healthcare experts collaborated on a comprehensive resource, the 13 Reasons Why Toolkit, published by SAVE. more

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Book review of Helping the Suicidal Person more

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Volunteering with Crisis Text Line has helped me hone skills that are imperative to succeeding in the world of social work. Crisis Text Line saves lives and has developed the largest open mental health data set, housed at CrisisTrends.org. more

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You may find yourself asking: How do I grieve this loss? How do I honor this client’s memory? Where do I turn for support? Are my feelings normal? How am I supposed to behave? more

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Suicide assessment is gut wrenching and soul stirring work. Done well, we are drawn into conversations about the deep wish that many feel for the relief that death would supposedly bring. more

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What is the role of technology in school-based suicide prevention? Think of technology as a fork. You can eat salad with a fork, or you can stab someone in the leg. Much like a fork, technology can be part of the problem or part of the solution. more

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Looking at the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Addison Cooper asks social workers to take a look at their own lives and the impact they have made as we enter and look forward to a new year. more

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What I have learned in 20 years is that suicide loss survivors are not alone. There is help. I am here. Other suicide loss survivors are willing to listen. more

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When it comes to suicide, language matters. This article by experts Jonathan Singer and Sean Erreger explains preferred and problematic terminology, and includes an illustrative example. more

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Book review of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-Level Preventon, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention more

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Rocks in My Pockets is an animated retelling of the story of depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia over several generations of the family of Latvian artist Signe Baumane. Baumane herself acknowledges her own struggle with depression, more

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