U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $100,000 to Crazy Horse School on Pine Ridge Reservation to Recover From Multiple Student Suicides and Attempted Suicides

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students awarded Crazy Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling $107,631. The grant will be used to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following numerous student suicide deaths and attempted suicides during the last couple of years. This is the third Project SERV grant awarded to a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Read More

A Suicide Prevention Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

If you were duck hunting, when do you load your guns… When you see the ducks? Of course not. By the time Homecoming Veterans who need the help the most end up on the doorsteps of their families, for many, it’s already too late. The solution: Help Veterans before they become Veterans. Help them better prepare for homecoming during the critical months prior to separation from military service and during the dangerous months after they Read More

Teen recalls bullying stirred thoughts of suicide

Michael Miller clearly remembers the day he was called a “fat faggot.” It was in 2006, the year he was in seventh grade, and Miller had already gotten a strong taste of bullying from day one of middle school. When enough slurs, exclusions and taunts added up, Miller found himself at the brink of suicide — close enough to consider details that would save his family as much pain as possible, he said. “Sixth and Read More

Empty desks: Suicide’s touch infiltrates school

Stephanie Livingston woke on Dec. 12 to seven text messages from friends asking if she knew what happened to Antonio Franco. Her mind raced as confusion set in. Then she got a text from the mother of a former classmate. In a few short words, Antonio was gone. She didn’t believe it at first. Antonio was one of the smartest kids in class and nice to everyone "no matter what" — he was the last Read More

Bullying in the digital age

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 396, which seeks to stem “cyberbullying” by criminalizing certain behavior and annoyances. The bill, Grace’s Law, honors the tragic death of Grace McComas, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after being harassed by a neighbor via social media. The passage of this bill is a victory for politicians who are seizing on the omnipresent topic of cyberbullying. Bullying isn’t new. People have bullied others since time Read More

PoV: Opening minds and doors to mental health

Mental wellness crucial in all walks of life When you picture someone battling a mental illness, who do you see? Do you envision an overburdened working mother? A businessman with a successful career? Or a firefighter who can’t shake the erase the images of a deadly blaze from his mind? All of these people of course could be grappling with mental illness, but they’re likely not the first faces who come to mind. If you Read More

CDC issues final report on 2012 state teen suicides

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a final report Monday about the rash of teenage suicides in Delaware last year. Between Jan, 1 and March 4, 2012, 11 young people in Kent and Sussex counties died by suicide. There were also 116 non-fatal suicide attempts. Last March, the state Department of Health and Social Services asked the CDC to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the then six known suicide deaths. The CDC published Read More

Children with autism at greater risk for suicide

Children who have autism may be at greater risk for thinking about or attempting suicide than children without the condition, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data for about 1,000 children, including 791 kids with an autism spectrum disorder, 186  non-autistic children without a mental condition and 35 non-autistic children with depression. Parents gave numerical ratings describing whether and how frequently their children had contemplated or attempted suicide. Children with autism were 28 Read More

Guns and Mental Health

As we debate the steps to reducing gun violence in the society a couple points need to be understood: 1. The link between violent crime and mental illness is weak, and 2. Mental health professionals are poor at predicting anyone’s propensity for any specific behavior, including homicide. Although it is mass shootings, particularly the massacre of school children in Newtown, that capture our attention and have accelerated the current discussion, Americans for the most part Read More

Teen Mental Health: Mood Disorders, Alcohol, and Suicide

New research offers further insight into the mental health of teenagers, and researchers are discovering that early intervention is critical during adolescence. Scientists at King’s College London sought to determine how well alcohol therapy worked on teenagers. Instead of yet another D.A.R.E.-like program where messages about the dangers of alcohol are the same for every student, researchers took a more mental health-based approach to this intervention. They tailored the treatment to each student’s personality, specifically Read More