November 16,

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DHS Issues New NTAS Bulletin
In December 2015, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the revision of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), to include NTAS Bulletins and Alerts. NTAS Bulletins describe general developments or trends regarding threats of terrorism. The NTAS Bulletin issued in June expired on November 15, 2016. 
Yesterday, DHS issued a new NTAS Bulletin, stating:
Since the last NTAS Bulletin issued in June 2016, our basic assessment of the global threat environment has not changed. We remain concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike the homeland with little or no notice. Events since the last NTAS Bulletin reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance. This was, for example, a crucial component of the swift response to the September terrorist acts in New York City and New Jersey.
In today's threat environment, which includes the prospect of homegrown violent extremism, the public has a role to play too. It is important for campus safety and law enforcement to share with community members what they can do to identify these threats. The NTAS Bulletin released on November 15, 2016 contributes to an informed public, and promotes their vigilance and awareness.
Access a printable flyer (PDF) on the NTAS that can be publicly posted and subscribe to NTAS advisories.

Visit SPRC's Virtual Learning Lab.
New Resource for Campus Suicide Prevention
Suicide is one of the top four causes of death among people ages 54 and younger and the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people struggle with suicidal thoughts and other mental health problems. Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 9.4 million adults aged 18 or older reported they had thought seriously about trying to kill themselves during the previous 12 months. Nearly one third of these individuals made suicide plans, and nearly one in nine adults who had serious thoughts of suicide attempted suicide. Mental health issues often first appear between the ages of 18 and 24, and most people who die by suicide have a mental health or emotional issue. Colleges and universities are uniquely situated to help these young people by creating a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention
Last week, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) launched the Virtual Learning Lab: Campus Suicide Prevention, an interactive, online tool that assists colleges and universities with setting goals, planning, and implementing effective suicide prevention programs and trainings. This online learning lab consists of self-paced modules that are also available to download as a text version. Each module includes step-by-step guidance, examples, activities, worksheets, references, and recommended resources to help campus personnel overcome challenges and prevent suicide at their institutions.
The SPRC recommends completing the Virtual Learning Lab modules in the following order:
  • CollaborationEfforts to promote student mental health and prevent suicide are more likely to succeed when there is broad participation, from staff and departments on and off campus, and a shared commitment to meet common goals. This module walks users through four fundamental steps of collaboration: start building partnerships, involve partners when developing program goals, identify who can help you carry out program goals, and sustain partnerships.
  • Crisis Protocols: Protocols specific to a suicide death, suicide attempt, and students' acute distress will help campus staff, faculty, and possibly other students respond in an organized, timely, and compassionate way. Campus crisis protocols commonly cover emergencies such as hurricanes or fires, though few address a suicide-related crisis. This module identifies key components that should be included. 
  • Mental Health Resources: The implementation of suicide prevention and awareness programs on campus often increases the number of students seeking mental health support and services. It is important that these services are available and easily accessible to students who seek them, and meeting this demand may require identifying alternative strategies.
  • Prevention Planning: Prevention planning that includes a combination of strategies to address unique campus cultures is one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide. Programs and training should be well-planned and meet the following criteria: address the problems on campus related to suicide, provide prevention support to the entire campus and/or the population groups most at risk, focus on changing the behavior of the target audience, show evidence of effectiveness whenever possible, and be part of a comprehensive combination of strategies that prevent suicide.
Campuses that have a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and provide a full spectrum of options will reach a greater number of students and be better prepared to serve their students well. Visit the SPRC website for resources, programs, events, training, and additional information on effective suicide prevention.

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Webinar - WhyTry: Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate Any Student

We invite you to join us next month for our free  Campus Public Safety Online series webinar featuring Christian Moore , a renowned author, speaker, and licensed clinical social worker. On  Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2:00PM ET , Christian will discuss the WhyTry Program , a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success. 
Participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience and creating a resilient campus climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life. Visit our web page for more information and register by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to reserve your seat. We hope you will join us! 

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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Digital Evidence: Successfully Identifying and Acquiring Electronic Evidence to Combat the CSI Effect
Organization: End Violence Against Women International
Date: November 18, 2016 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Train-the-Trainer
Organization: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and the National Center for Campus Public Safety
Dates: December 14 or 15, 2016
Location: Little Rock, AR
Fee: Free
Title: Traumas of Law Enforcement
Organization: Concerns of Police Survivors
Dates: January 9-11, 2016
Location: McAllen, TX
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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