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October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and October 10 is World Mental Health Day. The focus of WMHD for 2019 is suicide prevention. These resources are a starting point for social workers who want to increase your knowledge in this area. Read more

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Two aspects of social communication have been found to be unique risk factors of suicidality for autistic people: camouflaging and unmet needs. Warning signs may include withdrawing, high anxiety, feeling isolated, and hopelessness Read more

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As social workers, we sit with a lot of loss. Depending on the type of social work, the death of a client can be a regular part of the work. For me, that’s not the case, or at least it wasn’t until this year. Peter reflects on loss of a client. Read more

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In March of this year, a mentor and LCSW took her own life. I want us to be aware that we are no different from our clients in our pain or methods of removing the pain. Reach out to someone you trust, and take care of yourself. Read 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. Read more

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It is likely that nearly every clinician in America will be working with a suicide loss survivor or “suicide bereaved” person at some point in time.As a clinical community, we have a lot to learn about working with suicide loss survivors. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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? Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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Crisis Text Line

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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. Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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