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.
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.
Hi Everyone, We are in need of help from leaders in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. I am a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Workplace Task Force. Together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and United Suicide Survivors International, we are conducting a series of focus groups with key informants to help us develop the nation’s first set of National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. We would like to invite you to participate in a one-time 2-hour focus group to discuss the content and format these guidelines should include with other EMS leaders. Are you willing to help us? If so, are you able to join us on August 29th at 3PM CST? If yes, please drop me a line at email@example.com of send a FB message. Chris ... See more
Today, Brittany Miskowiec (Board of Directors) and her colleague from UW-Stout presented at the 34th Annual Distance, Teaching, and Learning conference in Madison, WI. They discussed the idea of trauma informed instruction and the importance of online educators taking this approach in the online learning environment. They also discussed their recent research results and plans to work toward a trauma-informed campus. There’s a lot of lived suicide experience during the college years (on campus and online). This type of research and training for higher ed instructors can help debunk some of the suicide myths, educate, and reduce the stigma! ... See more
We just published a piece on suicide among school-age children. https://www.academia.edu/37175121/Suicide_Risk_among_School-Age_Children_What_Education_Professionals_Need_to_Know
Suicide is a significant concern in the United States and school-age children make up a subset of those who die by their own hands every year. Although research is broadening in terms of scope and output, more study is warranted particularly as it ... See more
Chris is off to become a mental health first aid instructor.
If Chris ran a periodic coffee chat to discuss issues, research, etc. on suicide and related phenomenon, would anyone be interested in coming? Thinking of setting up in some Twin Cities Metro Area coffee shop on a Saturday morning and talking with anyone who shows up about whatever is on their mind. If interested, please take the poll on how often you reasonably think you would come. Open to location suggestions. Might even rotate it around to different locales. ... See more
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)…