Advancing suicide awareness and prevention through research
Chris Caulkins speaks at a TEDx event, where independent organizers can share "ideas worth spreading".
At the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, we perform forensic death investigations called psychological autopsies, conduct academic research on suicides and mental health, and carry out informational activities. To the fullest extent possible, we make the results of our efforts available to the general public. For example, we compile and summarize research data and statistics into informational fact sheets. Our original research, when not embargoed by publishers, is available for download from our website. And while we protecting the privacy of psychological autopsy subjects and incidents is of the highest priority, as appropriate, we may aggregate data from larger samples of psychological autopsies and make that data available.
We have begun a project to design and develop an interactive database of our research data. As part of our mission, we will make this data available through our website. Progress on the database project will be updated here. Please check back periodically.
The Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research (the Center), formed in late 2015, is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit corporation with a mission to raise public awareness of suicide and related mental health issues and to contribute to efforts to reduce suicide rates in the United States and throughout the world. The work of the Center was first started through Sumrith Solutions, LLC–a now desolved entity that gave rise to the Center. The founders of the Center have vast experience in emergency medical care and education and have first-hand experience with the effect suicide has on those who left asking questions and trying to understand what happened: a group of people called “survivors.” We embody our purpose, mission, vision, and values. In early 2016, we applied for tax-exempt, public charity status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Chris and Brittany with Carla of TAPS—a great program for survivors of the death of a loved one who was in the military. https://www.taps.org/
Chris’ AAS Conference Day 2 Take-Away: A speaker inspired me to wonder if we should put equal value in asking a potentially suicidal person “Do you want to live?” as well as “Are you thinking of hurting or killing yourself?” ... See more
Just finished presenting with a fine group of people at the American Association of Suicidology Conference. The topic, suicidality among emergency responders.
Article on firefighter PTSD and suicide that was in the Star Tribune today. http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-firefighters-grapple-with-silent-epidemic/480134943/#1
Researchers estimate that anywhere from 7 to 37 percent of firefighters have PTSD, yet the work culture overwhelmingly views treatment as a sign of weakness.
American Association of Suicidology Conference Day 1 take-away for Brittany: Sharing lived experience can be a powerful tool in the classroom, the clinical world, and in prevention efforts. Live Through This is a collection of portraits and true stories of nearly 200 suicide attempt survivors across the United States. The website below is home to the these stories that have served as an instillation of hope for so many. http://livethroughthis.org ... See more
Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.
American Association of Suicidology Day 1 Take-away for Chris: There is essentially the same rate of Suicide in the US as there was in 1975.
Lunch with SCCSR Director, Brittany Miskowiec and Minnesota State Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Amy Lopez. Great company and conversation!
On the way to the American Association of Suicidology Conference to present on emergency responder suicidality and learn from all the other great researchers and academics.
To all of my EMS, fire, and law enforcement colleagues. I am in the midst of writing a piece on the pros and cons of considering suicide deaths of emergency responders as a line of duty death. I’m not so much looking for opinions on whether we should or should not, rather what points you feel I should make sure to address. Any idea input is appreciated. Chris ... See more
We are in search of volunteers, who are proficient in writing in another language, for help with translating our work. Please send a private message or e-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. ... See more