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Date: Thu, 03/23/2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Audience: The medical community and interested parties which can be parents, teachers, foundations and any organization that works with children. Specifically our goal is pediatric and primary care practices.
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Description: Dr. Lisa Horowitz with the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss her research on the feasibility of implementing a routine suicide risk assessment for youth using a 4 question screening administered at their pediatrician or primary care provider’s office.
Suicide is the #2 cause of death for 15-35 year olds and Dr. Horowitz results show evidence that this tool can accurately identify kids at risk before thoughts become acts.
Beacon Tree Foundation president, Anne Moss Rogers will also be telling her personal story of losing her son to suicide and sharing some of her insights as a mental health advocate. Audience: The medical community and interested parties. Specifically, our goal is to interest urgent care, pediatric and primary care practices in Virginia.
Food: There will be catered hors d’oeuvres.
Location: Bosher Hall is located on the first floor. Come in through the door from the parking deck, and it’s one of the conference rooms on the left.
Goal: Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, in partnership with NIMH, wants to help implement this suicide screening tool in all pediatric, urgent care and primary care practices across the state. Parents are unlikely to spot signs of suicide until after an attempt or a completed suicide. Screening at a physician’s practice is one way we can flag kids that need help before it happens.
Beacon Tree will be helping with the referral process for physician practices in this endeavor.
Dr. Ted Abernathy has been using the ASQ intervention to successfully identify at-risk youth for suicide for over a year. The tool has been previously used at Emergency Rooms in the US.
- About ASQ at NIMH
- The ASQ questions
- Video: Dr. Ted Abernathy speaks out about ASQ
- Why aren’t we screening for suicide?