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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Programs and Integration of Suicide Prevention into Systems of Care: An Overview of the Cross-site Evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention Initiative

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Presenting: Angela Sheehan

All Authors for this paper: Angela Sheehan; Christine Walrath-Greene

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) was passed by Congress in October 2004 to provide federal funding to States, Tribes and College campuses to implement suicide prevention activities. Since October 2005, 36 States/Tribes and 55 Campuses across the country have received funding from SAMHSA to prevent youth suicide. This is the first federal legislation recognizing suicide as a preventable public health problem and providing federal support. The GLSMA also recognizes the need for increased research and evaluation by mandating a cross-site evaluation. The presentation will provide an overview of the GLS Suicide Prevention Initiative and the cross-site evaluation; discuss perspectives on how to best integrate prevention efforts into systems of care, and include a discussion of the current knowledge gap and what will be learned through the cross-site evaluation.

Suicide Attempt Subsequent to Entering System of Care Services: How Often Does it Happen, and to Whom?

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Presenting: Christine Walrath-Greene

All Authors for this paper: Christine Walrath-Greene

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Approximately 5% of youth in the current sample (N = 110) attempted suicide after entering a system of care. In efforts to provide appropriate and responsive treatment planning and prevent suicide attempt post-service entry, the characteristics that distinguish youth who attempt from those who do not, is critically important. The findings from this presentation suggest that demographic characteristics, child lifetime psychosocial, and clinical characteristics (at intake and six-month follow-up), as well as service experience differentiate those youth who do attempt suicide post-service entry, from those who do not. Taken collectively, it appears that youth who attempt have complicated, severe and chronic problems that may not be immediately responsive to the numerous services they receive. The implications of these findings will be discussed and presented in the context of integrating these treatment efforts with existing prevention approaches.

Congruence of Caregiver and Youth Reports of Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts

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Presenting: Anna Krivelyova; Robert Stephens

All Authors for this paper: Anna Krivelyova; Robert Stephens

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Determining risk for suicide can be complex because of a variety of respondent-related factors that can limit interpretability of self-reports. Measuring youth suicide risk is complicated further by issues related to the source of information (e.g., youth, caregiver, or other adult). The current study examines the congruence of caregiver and youth reports of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts and explores predictors of categories of congruence. The results indicate that caregivers were more likely to report ideation when youth did not. Conversely, youth were more likely to report suicide attempts when caregivers did not. The analysis of predictors of categories of congruence revealed a number of factors associated with respondents in each category, such as childÕs gender, caregiverÕs age and relation to the child, poverty status of the family, childÕs risk factors such as history of physical abuse and drug use, childÕs strengths, functioning and caregiver strain.

Youth Suicide: Addressing the Issue through Prevention and Intervention

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Session Number: 46 Room: Salon H

Presenting: Christine Walrath-Greene; Sylvia Fisher

All Authors for this paper: Christine Walrath-Greene; Sylvia Fisher

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: Suicide claims the lives of nearly 4,000 young persons each year and is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year old youth and the 5th leading cause of death among those 5 Ð 14 years old. A relatively large percentage of youth enter service systems for reasons of suicidal thought and ideation or with histories of suicidal behavior. For example, among a sample of youth entering system of care services, 18.9% were referred for problems related to suicidal behavior and 18.4% had a reported history of suicide attempt Ð 44.1% of which reported an attempt within the six months prior to service entry. The goal of the symposium is to provide information related to the reporting and experience of suicide among youth served within systems of care, to discuss recently funded federal youth prevention efforts and their evaluation, and discuss the importance of integrating well-evaluated prevention efforts into system-of-care service environments.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM