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.
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
Samantha Morgan produced this fantastic work on the media and suicide. It is efforts like this that are going to defeat suicide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiQTUB59XpU&feature=youtu.be
A research project regarding media ethics and the presentation and coverage regarding suicide, why it's important to have ethics in place, and to aid in prev...
New Zealand expends a lot of media effort on prevention of suicide and the things that lead to it. TV, posters, and newspapers all carry important public health messages. We need to learn from NZ and pick up our game in the U.S. https://depression.org.nz/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuMrXBRC_ARIsALWZrIi0e-WPi4Rz8EOaf39fyJCHRuditVnfM6cYL-GIXnJTqPsrOSkEi_QaAltrEALw_wcB ... See more
On a regular NZ TV station this morning there is a detailed interview and discussion about suicide and mental health with a suicidologist, attempt survivor, and people bereaved by suicide. Doubt this would be on a mainstream TV station in the US in this type of detail or for this long. ... See more
Today, Brittany Miskowiec (Board of Directors) presented at the 2018 Blue Watch Officer Wellness Conference in Woodbury, MN. This 2 day conference focused on the wellness of those who protect us and serve! Brittany spoke about mental wellness and suicide prevention for law enforcement. Her presentation was well received and she met a ton of great people! ... See more
IASP Day 4 Take-Away: Alexithymia is associated with suicide. People with this disorder often confuse their emotions with sensations such as hunger and thirst.