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.
People struggling with mental health problems are exponentially more likely to be the victim of a crime rather than the perpetrator (Eisenberg, 2005). People who are experiencing thoughts of suicide are also often incorrectly considered a violent threat to others. In fact, in 2017, there were over 47,000 suicides (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2019) and only 17,000 murders (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2019). The numbers alone do not support this thought process. Countries around the world have people that are experiencing mental health issues and suicidal thoughts, yet the U.S. is the country disproportionately experiencing the majority of mass shootings and gun violence (American Public Health Association, n.d.). Additionally, the U.S. is one of only 9 countries reporting in to the World Health Organization (WHO)where suicide rates are going up not down, and the number one means used are firearms (WHO, 2012)--but remember those firearms are overwhelmingly used in suicides where the person kills them-self and no one else (CDC, 2019). Approximately 2% of suicides are murder-suicides and involve a domestic component and 0.5% are mass murder-suicides with (Joiner, 2014). What is going on? The answer is that the gun violence the U.S. is experiencing is cultural in origin and the inability of decision-makers to fully understand the true nature of the problem impedes the prevention of deaths. ... See more
We just finished producing the video of the panel discussion from the 2019 American Association of Suicidology Conference. We discussed emergency responders and their relationship to psychological trauma, and suicide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1Bz10jbA4 ... See more
Panel discussion that took place at the 2019 American Association of Suicidology Conference.
Our logo represents the three components of fighting suicide. These are prevention, intervention, and postvention. The teal and purple colors are symbolic of the national colors of suicide awareness and prevention, while green is symbolic of mental health awareness. ... See more
News about the Center! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEid1ELvz6c
The Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research is evolving into the Minnesota Center of Suicidology.
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?
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.