Summary of “Suicide Survivors and How They Coped”

Some stories about suicide are hopeful: For every person who dies by suicide each year, another 280 people think seriously about suicide but do not kill themselves, according to data from the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“People see stories all the time about those surviving breast cancer, heart disease and stroke, and we know what that recovery looks like-it helps people who are experiencing it, or someone whose mom just got diagnosed,” says Shelby Rowe, a youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
She often thought about how to turn ordinary scenarios, like waiting for the subway or crossing the street, into suicide attempts.
“It’s mind-bending how there’s such a gap between what works-suicide-specific treatments based on the best scientific support-and what’s actually done, which is to hospitalize and medicate,” says David Jobes, director of the Suicide Prevention Laboratory at Catholic University and a clinician for more than 30 years.
Another treatment, Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a 12-session talk therapy for those who attempted suicide that focuses on how they respond to stressful situations and manage their emotions.
Even though many mental health professionals would classify suicide as a public health crisis-it’s the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the CDC, and rates have risen in every single state except Nevada since 1999-studying it is not always a priority.
Last year, the National Institutes of Health spent more money researching asthma than suicide and suicide prevention.
She co-founded Prevent Suicide Pennsylvania, a statewide suicide prevention organization, and works as a suicide prevention trainer and speaker.

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