September 5, 2018

_BeThe1To Ask Campaign
Changing the Conversation from Suicide to Suicide Prevention
In 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death or those aged 10 - 34 in the U.S. and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background and, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. You and members of your campus community can #BeThe1To ask, keep people safe, be there, help them stay connected, follow up, and learn more. These are specific actions you can take to promote healing, help, and give hope. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's message to help change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention.
The average age of onset for many mental health conditions is the typical college age range of 18 - 24 years old. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 75 percent of all individuals with an anxiety disorder will experience symptoms before age 22. Other students, who might not have clinical anxiety or depression, still suffer. Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition and for most students, stigma remains the most significant barrier to seeking treatment. Mental Health First Aid's PSA " Said No Teen Ever" highlights this issue. This makes it important for everyone to know how to recognize and respond when a young person may be in need. This month is an opportune time for campus community members to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.
In addition to the national month, National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9-15), World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), and National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day (September 10) also promote suicide prevention awareness and focus efforts on treatment. Various organizations are participating in these awareness campaigns and provide educational and promotional resources:
Training on recognizing, preventing, intervening in, and responding to suicide risk is available from a variety of providers for multiple audiences:
  • The American Association of Suicidology provides several training and accreditation options including the College & University Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and those dedicated to or responsible for reducing the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviors among today's college-age youth and Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in College/University for clinicians.
  • CIT International and the National Institute of Mental Health both offer resources for learning about and establishing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs. CIT is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system due to illness related behaviors.
  • LivingWorks Education is a suicide intervention training company. Their programs include suicideTALK (ranging from 90 minutes to a half-day), safeTALK (half-day alertness training), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (two-day interactive workshop), and suicide to Hope (one day).
  • Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
  • QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR offers individual, organizational, and professional training options.
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has self-paced, online courses on Preventing Suicide in Emergency Department Patients, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention, and Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention. 
For campus faculty and staff, a comprehensive blueprint for workplace suicide prevention is available through the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention that guides workplaces in developing a suicide prevention program that is most appropriate to them.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has released four updated safety and security best practices guides for purchase via their secure digital platform partner, Mimeo . The guides are a result of summits with representatives from event management, facilities operations, la w enforcement, emergency management, fire, emergency medical services, technology firms, and public safety agencies where discussions took place on current safety and security issues, identifying solutions, and proposing future best practices through professional collaboration. In conjunction with these discussions, academic research contributed to the development of the 2018 guidebooks.

The following 2018 editions of the best practices guides are available in digital and print formats:
  • Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security
  • Interscholastic Athletics and After School Activities Safety and Security
  • Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security
Updates to the Intercollegiate Athletics Guide include expanded sections on situational awareness; perimeter protection including preventive measures to address vehicle ramming; cybersecurity; high ground/elevated threat protection; and employee development and training
NCS 4 is the country's only research center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security. The annual summits that help inform the best practices guides will take place on the following dates and locations for 2018-19:
NCS 4 serves institutions of higher education, high schools, professional sports, marathon events, and corporations. You can stay connected with them via Twitter , Facebook , and LinkedIn or join their membership program, NCS4 Connect .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Protecting Our Schools: Strategies to Enhance School Resource Officers' Awareness & Response to Violent Attacks on Campus
Organization: International Association of Chiefs of Police and Bureau of Justice Assistance
Date: September 6, 2018
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T.)
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates: September 26-27, 2018
Location: Amherst, VA
Fee: Free
Title: De-Escalation Strategies for Public Safety: First Line to Commanders
Organization: Institute of Police Technology and Management
Date: October 2, 2018
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fee: Registration fee

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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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