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Step-by-step safety plans, follow-ups can help prevent repeat suicide attempts

Posted: Sept. 18, 2018
Kate Thayer, Chicago Tribune
After struggling with depression and self-harm through most of her teenage years, Alyse Ruriani attempted suicide at age 17. While her parents and a hospital stay saved her life that day, she said she has survived ever since with therapy and also by using a so-called safety plan — a step-by-step tool she can turn to in crisis.
Ruriani, now a 23-year-old Chicago graduate student studying art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has used her safety plan to identify when she’s headed into a depression and how to keep suicidal thoughts at bay.
As she moves through the steps of the plan, “usually that intense feeling subsides,” Ruriani said. “I’m still depressed … but I’m not in a crisis mode that I’m afraid I might attempt (suicide).”
Research shows this type of safety planning, combined with prompt follow-up from medical professionals, can help save lives, particularly for those who come to the emergency room after suicide attempts or expressing suicidal thoughts. But while many local hospitals have procedures in place to address the needs of suicidal patients who come to the ER, administrators acknowledged that consistent follow-up can be difficult.
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Follow AAEP's New Sites On Social Media

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018

With a transition to a new management company, AAEP is re-establishing and improving its social-media sites. If you've liked our pages in the past or if you've never followed us, could you please take a moment to like our new pages? 





Pittsburgh Doctor Honored With Exemplary Psychiatrist Award From the

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Pittsburgh - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has awarded John Rozel, MD, MSL, with a 2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Dr. Rozel is the medical director of resolve Crisis Services, a program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Dr. Rozel, who is board certified in general, child, and forensic psychiatry, has more than 25 years of experience in emergency mental health.

“If you’re in crisis, you want Dr. Rozel in your corner,” said Christine Michaels, Chief Executive Officer of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania. “He’s so knowledgeable as a clinician, but he also knows community resources better than anyone.”

NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards program allows state organizations, affiliates, and members across the country to publicly honor the extraordinary contributions that psychiatrists make to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness. Dr. Rozel was nominated by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, the state NAMI organization in Pennsylvania, which is located in Pittsburgh.

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