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.
Hi Everyone, We are honored that Allina Health EMS is once again sponsoring a charity hockey game to raise money for our suicide research and education initiatives. Last year the dedicated folks at Allina Health EMS raised an amazing $9,000+! This fundraiser is attached to the annual PulseCheck EMS Conference and a silent auction will be held as part of the effort. We are in need of items/services to auction off. We are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. If anyone is in a position to help, we surely would appreciate the support! http://emspulse.org ... See more
Friends, we have a Board of Directors vacancy and are in search of someone with a finance/accounting background to join us. This is a voluntary position that includes assisting with budget development, keeping financial records, and filing taxes. Although not necessary, this could be an opportunity to assist with research, co-write articles, etc. if you’d like to help us save lives in this capacity, we’d love to have you. Contact Chris at email@example.com or reply by FB messenger. ... See more
Suicidology Online is a peer-reviewed and indexed open access journal. Our qualitative research paper, "The Role of Communitas in the Prevention of Suicide in Italy: A Comparison with the United States," has just cleared the peer review process and will soon be published. We'll post a link when it comes out. In the meantime, here is the abstract. Abstract There is a marked difference between the suicide rates and trends in the U.S. versus Italy, with Italy having lower rates and a downward trend. It is hypothesized this suicide decrease may be explained in terms of an anthropological-based theory that a period of liminality and resulting communitas occurred. During research conducted in Italy, I interviewed four mental health practitioners, toured medical facilities, attended educational lectures and took various history related tours. I have chosen to undertake a qualitative approach with literature searches on suicide and related phenomena in both the U.S. and Italy. Combined with semi-structured interviews and first-hand observations, information on the “why” reveals disparity between the two countries. More structured studies of this nature must occur to address the epidemic of suicide in the U.S. and to validate the success of practices outside the United States. Keywords: suicide, communitas, liminality, Italy, United States ... See more
Chris is very excited to have been accepted as an expert trainer for the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). https://www.aiafs.com/staff-category/expert-trainer
Chris G. Caulkins, MPH, MA Chris is executive director of the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, program director /faculty for the emergency medical services (EMS)…
Update: Live presentation will be closer to 1210-15 CST.
Today at noon CST (in 90 minutes) we are going to attempt to go live with a presentation on psychological trauma among emergency medical services responders. This will be delivered at the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board in St. Paul, Minnesota. The audience will consist of managers, supervisors, and fire officers from EMS agencies from across the Twin Cities Metro and beyond. We have never gone live before so cross your fingers it goes off without a hitch! ... See more
We are honored to have co-written and published this piece on prison suicide with some outstanding academics and clinicians. https://www.academia.edu/36843932/Suicide_in_Prisons_A_Brief_Review
Suicide is a serious public health issue in correctional facilities around the globe (World Health Organization, 2007). Mental illness and related factors, such as substance use, negative childhood experiences, and past suicide attempts are strong ... See more
Thanks to Keith Witte we were able to call in to this talk show in the nick of time. https://youtu.be/23Fy78jNVmc
Chris with WCCO 830 talking with host, Mike Max.
In the last two days both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. Of course, the other 246+ Americans who died by suicide in this same manner during this same time period did not get mentioned on the news. Suicide is so rarely the result of one thing, and media reports attributing the death to a singular event/issue do not help people understand the problem (it was implied Spade's death was solely due to marital issues). Suicide is the result of a perfect storm of factors and that storm's ingredients are different for different people. People are already talking about how they don't understand celebrity sucides because they "have it all"--money, fame, and material possessions. It isn't about that. Celebrities are humans and suffer the same as us "common folk." This public health problem is about unbearable psychological pain that is so bad the affected person, in spite of not wanting to die, feels suicide is the only option for getting rid of the pain. This is called a psychache and treatments are 80-90% effective--better odds than many other types of diseases. If you are experiencing psychache, please seek help. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org ... See more
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. ... See more
Yesterday there was a message on the digital board hanging over 694 that said 10 motorcyclists have died in Minnesota this year so far. True, that is bad and sad. There have been over 350 suicides in Minnesota this year. Why a sign for something that has killed just over a handful of people. If 10 deaths is unacceptable, isn’t 350 much worse? ... See more