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.
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
Are we willfully blind about suicide? https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/27/willful-blindness-margaret-heffernan/
How to save ourselves from the gradual narrowing of our horizons.
Great bipartisanship in passing the emergency responder bill in MN! http://www.kare11.com/mobile/article/news/mn-house-passes-first-responder-ptsd-bill/89-552422989
On Tuesday, the Minnesota House passed a bill that would no longer make police, firefighters, paramedics have to prove what caused their PTSD.
We are proud to be a part of this initiative and are honored to work with some great folks. http://www.jemsdigital.com/jems/201805/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1387052&#articleId1387052
A new, international paramedic alliance has formed, comprised of the representative associations for paramedicine leadership from the major English-speaking countries around the world. It’s called the Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA). It includes the following organizations: >>The Natio... ... See more
A partial victory for emergency responders in MN. Let’s hope this becomes law. PTSD is a top mental health factor in suicide. Too many of those who protect the public are dying. house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressr… ... 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?
If you haven't been safeTALK certified for suicide prevention yet, here is your opportunity. This training is being given through AIAFS by our very own Dr. Brittany Miskowiec! https://www.aiafs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/4.12.2019-Course-Description.pdf ... See more
This 3rd day of national suicide prevention month I learned about aspects of suicide, in of all places, a museum on torture. We are doomed to repeat history if we do not learn from it. In 1556, in Belgium, suicide (attempted) was considered a crime punishable by torture or death. ... See more
Today is the second day of the U.S. national suicide prevention month. With that we arrive in Brugge, Belgium, which is reported to have the second highest suicide rate in the country. At 27 per 100k for men and 10 per 100k for women it is high, but still lower than many areas of the U.S. Intermountain West. The IW is known as the suicide belt of the U.S. The following link outlines the problem. It is hard not to notice that the article about the film being made in the city features a suicide. The same author, appearing unaware of the connection, goes on to write his second story about the high suicide rates. http://www.flanderstoday.eu/sites/default/files/magazine/FT_2008_19.pdf ... See more
Today is the first day of national suicide prevention month in the U.S. It seems fitting to start the month by visiting the Vincent Van Gogh Museum. Van Gogh struggled with his mental health for many years before it proved fatal for him in 1890. Here we are 128 years later with many good people fighting the same battle that is the tenth leading cause of death. There is much to do, but it is a costly war. Please consider giving a donation of time or money to support our efforts. You can also support us by purchasing through Amazon Smile and specifying the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research. ... See more
Chris is on the final leg of his trip to Belgium to present on suicide among emergency responders at the European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behavior.