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Maywood Hosts Pioneering National Conference On Suicide Prevention

Posted: Oct. 5, 2018
Michael Romain, Village Free Press

According to the Centers for Disease control, the rate of suicide in the United States has increased by more than 25 percent since 2009, which made it the 10th leading cause of death in 2016. 

Last week, Maywood was ground zero in the national effort to stem the rate of suicide when the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance held its annual summit at the Center for Translational Research and Education on the Loyola Health Services Campus, 2160 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood.

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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?