Training Champions for Youth Suicide Prevention

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For years, Screening for Mental Health has been focused on determining how our evidence-based suicide prevention programs could reach a higher volume of students, parents, and youth serving staff. Last year, our efforts culminated in the creation of the Signs of Suicide Certified Training Institute (CTI). This two-day course is designed to prepare participants to guide school staff and individuals from other youth-serving organizations to not only identify signs and symptoms of depression and suicide in youth but to also engage young people in their prevention efforts by implementing the SOS Program. It was met with resounding success.

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Healthy Men Michigan

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing grant funding to support the University of Maryland, Baltimore (PI – Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey) to provide access to and assess outcomes of free and anonymous online mental health screenings and referral resources for middle-aged men throughout Michigan.

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Recognizing September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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The beginning of the school year is certainly busy as hallways fill with students. As teachers and staff return to their routines, let’s take a moment to recognize that September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and marks the 15th Anniversary of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. Let’s continue to demonstrate our commitment to suicide prevention by raising awareness around this important topic.

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Normalizing Mental Health Check-ups With Kiosks

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Screening for Mental Health’s newest initiative, the MindKare Kiosk, seeks to make checking in on one’s mental health mainstream, and place resources in the hands of the public. The goal of the initiative is to make mental health screenings as commonplace as a blood pressure screening. The freestanding kiosk features a touch screen display that allows users easy access to mental health screenings, provides immediate feedback assessing mental health, connects users with local resources, and offers information on common mental health issues. Privacy settings on the display ensure that users can take screenings in public but have their answers and results remain confidential and anonymous.

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CommunityResponse Adds Substance Use Screening

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In response to the increase of local substance overdose deaths, the Gloucester Police Department in Massachusetts created a policy that allows anyone who asks for assistance in getting into treatment for their substance misuse be connected with a detox and a recovery treatment facility and will not be charged with a crime. This policy has received national attention, as an important step in allowing those who want to seek treatment the opportunity to do so without the fear of legal ramifications.

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