CONNECTICUT SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY 2013 PLANNING. NINA ROVINELLI HELLER PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. AREAS FOR CONSIDERATION. THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY 2012 SAMHSA GUIDELINES FOR STATE SUICIDE PREVENTION LEADERSHIP AND PLANS EXEMPLARS FROM OTHER STATES
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NINA ROVINELLI HELLER PH.D.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
THEMES SHARED ACROSS DIRECTIONS:
Strategic Direction # 1 – Healthy individuals, families, communities
1. Integrate prevention efforts across sectors and settings;
2. Implement research-informed communication efforts for prevention by changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors;
3.Increase knowledge of factors offering protection and that
promote wellness and recovery;
4. Promoted responsible media reporting, accurate portrayals in entertainment, and safety of online content.
5. Develop, implement, monitor effective programs that promote wellness and prevent suicide and related behaviors;
6. Promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of suicide among individuals with identified risk;
7. Provide training to community and clinical service providers on prevention of suicide and related behaviors;
8. Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services;
9. Promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those identified as being at risk for suicidal behaviors;
10. Provide care and support to individuals affected by suicide and attempts to promote healing and implement community strategies to help prevent further suicides;
11. Increase timeliness and usefulness of [state] surveillance systems and improve ability to collect, analyze, and use this information;
12. Promote and support research on suicide prevention;
13. Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions and systems and synthesize and disseminate findings.
Behavioral Health agencies play a leadership role.
Key Plan Elements and Characteristics. Plans should be:
1. data driven, while strategies can be flexible [Delaware]
2. comprehensive, but set priorities [Massachusetts]
3. incorporate a collaborative effort by multiple public and private organizations, while focusing on what can be done first [naasp/clinical care]
4. clinically informed, but based on the public health approach; [North Carolina]
5. focus on a lifespan approach[Wisconsin]
6. utilize research and safety informed communications [Oregon]
7. promote accountability and be regularly monitored, updated, and revised [Nebraska].
Addressed the following goals:
prevention strategies, access to quality mental health care, enhance data collection, surveillance, research, etc. [many of these are repeated and expanded in sections below]
2. Children and Youth – Birth through 19
3. Adults 20-64
4. Elders – 65+
5. Criminal Justice System, all ages.