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.
We are excited to announce that we have just achieved the Bronze Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. We anticipate earning the silver level very soon. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/47-5040101
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Chris Caulkins, Brittany Miskowiec, and Kevin Miskowiec are looking forward to presenting their research at the next International Association for Suicide Prevention World Congress. https://www.iasp2019.com ... See more
The 30th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP 2019) will be held in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, from 17th-21st September 2019.
Brittany and Chris presenting to a room full of engaged Perham citizens. The Perham community should be proud of these folks. We are!
Brittany teaching suicideTALk to the Perham Hospital and EMS folks. Great audience!
Heading home after a great suicidology conference. Next big conference we will be presenting at will be the International Association for Suicide Prevention World Congress in Derry-Londonderry, Ireland. Last takeaway from the AAS conference: Machine learning continues to identify suicide risk superior to traditional methods. ... See more
Conference Takeaway 2: It is thought that older white males die by suicide more because of permissive attitudes about suicide among those with more advanced age overall and those with disabilities. This is underscored by suicide being seen as masculine act with an element of control. ... See more
Thanks to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College for having us out to present four sessions at their EMS conference yesterday.
Thanks to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association for having us out to speak at their Advanced Chief Law Enforcement Academy. This is a great group of highly engaged professionals who clearly care about their officers. ... See more
A very BIG thanks to Jordan Boswell, who coordinated this special event. Jordan raised over $4,000 for us to continue our work. The event was a huge success and it helped raise awareness of suicide and how to prevent it. ... See more
Super excited to collaborate with the largest ambulance service in MN on an important suicide prevention project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPqgcKV3210
Information on the safeTALK offerings for Allina Health EMS (AHEMS) employees. This education is made possible by a grant from AHEMS.
Today on the radio the newscaster said there were 30 traffic fatalities in Minnesota so far. There have been around 175 suicides to this point. Why aren’t we discussing that?