News and Updates

Youth and Young Adult Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program

We are happy to share recent news from the YDSP Research Program!  Thanks for your interest!  We invite you to contact us anytime with questions or concerns.

 
Cheryl King
Research Program Director

 

Taylor McGuire
Research Program Coordinator

American Association of Suicidology 52nd Annual Conference

Adam Horwitz,* Alejandra Arango,* Claire Hatkevich,* Danielle Busby,* & more presented work at the AAS 52nd Conference in Denver, CO. 

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Congratulations to our team members who presented at AAS this year. Works included: 

Wednesday, April 24th

Poster 115 - Text-based support for adolescents following psychiatric hospitalization. Ewa Czyz, Cheryl King, Nate Healy, Maureen Walton.

Poster 116 - Technology-augmented support for families of suicidal adolescents seeking emergency department care. Ewa Czyz, Nate Healy, Cindy Foster, Kimberly McManama O'Brien, Christina Magness, Cheryl King, Corey Jackson.

Poster 119 - Adolescent- and Parent-Reported Warning Signs for Adolescent Suicide Attempts. Alejandra Arango, Taylor McGuire, Polly Gipson, Ewa Czyz, Danielle Busby, Johnny Berona, Alexander Rogers, Victor Hong, Courtney Bagge, Cheryl King.

Poster 131 - Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training in the Child Welfare Workforce: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Patterns Prior to and Following SafeTALK Training. Eskira Kahsay, Christina Magness, Seth Persky, Patricia Smith, Cindy Foster.

Thursday, April 25th

Paper 9 - Differences in Characteristics of Veteran and Civilian Suicide Decedents: A Sex-stratified Examination of the National Violent Death Reporting System Adam Horwitz, Dale Smith, Philip Held, Alyson Kay Zalta

Paper 12 - Challenges and Opportunities: Working Across the Spectrum of Suicide Prevention in a Rural Setting.  Sarah Derwin, Cindy Foster, Christina Magness, Patricia Smith, Emily Jo Pratt, Teresa Frankovich

Paper 14 - A Latent Profile Analysis of Chronic Life Stress in Ethno-racially Diverse Inpatient Adolescents. Claire Hatkevich, Francesca Penner, Ryan M Hill, Carla Sharp.

Paper 15 - Examining Barriers to Mental Health Service Use Among Black College Students at Elevated Risk for Suicide Danielle Busby, Kai Zheng, Daniel Eisenberg, Todd Favorite, William Coryell, Jacqueline Pistorello, Ronald Albucher, Cheryl King.

Panel 24 - Expanding our Definition of the Early Career Suicidologist: The Importance of Breaking Down the Silos. Mary LeCloux, Danny Gladden, Laura M. Frey, Polly Gipson.

Friday, April 26th

Paper 19 - Different Domains of Connectedness and Suicide Risk among Youth Victims of Peer Bullying. Alejandra Arango, Cheryl King, Polly Gipson.

Panel 63 - Understanding Proximal Risk for Suicide Attempts. Cheryl King, Courtney Bagge, Catherine Glenn, Ewa Czyz.

Paper 28 - Depression, Alcohol, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicide Attempts in Sexual and Gender Minority College Students. Adam Horwitz, Johnny Berona, Danielle Busby, Daniel Eisenberg, Kai Zheng, Jacqueline Pistorello, Ronald Albucher, William Coryell, Todd Favorite, Cheryl King.

Depression on College Campuses Conference

Danielle Busby, PhD,* Adam Horwitz, PhD, & Tim Mayer, BA* presented work on perceived barriers to mental health service utilization and suicide risk in racial, sexual, and gender minority college students at the DOCC conference. 

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2019 Conferences

March 2019 Project Updates

Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students (eBridge)  

eBridge is an NIMH funded online intervention that screens students for mental health concerns including elevated suicide risk and facilitates their linkage to mental health (MH) services. Following a web-based screen using standardized scales to identify students at elevated risk, eBridge offers students options for personalized online feedback and corresponding online linkage with professionals who are trained in MI and knowledgeable about university and community resources. We have recently concluded recruitment for Year 5 at four universities: the University of Michigan, the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University. We enrolled 1,988 college students and will be sending out the 6-month follow-up survey to assess mental health service linkage during the Spring, which will wrap up our data collection for this 5 year study. We recently submitted a baseline manuscript titled Depression, Alcohol Misuse, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicide Attempts in Sexual and Gender Minority College Students. In addition to this, our team currently has 2 more eBridge manuscripts in preparation-one looking at associations of prescription drug abuse and other illicit substance use in college students with suicide risk and the other investigating associations of victimization and discrimination with mental health outcomes among sexual and gender minority college students and whether or not sexual/gender minorities who are also racial/ethnic minorities are at an even greater risk for negative mental health outcomes.

 

24 Hour Warning Signs for Suicide

This NIMH-funded project was designed to identify the warning signs associated with near-term risk for suicide. We have enrolled 1019 youth and families and recruitment is now closed. These teens are receiving biweekly text message surveys about their mental health status. 86 teens have completed more in-depth telephone interviews about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the 24-48 hours before a reported suicide attempt. Parents also complete a telephone interview about their observations of the teen’s behavior during the same 24- to 48-hour period. 164 case control interviews have also been completed!

 

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide (ED-STARS)

ED-STARS just concluded follow up interviews this month. A total of 4,050 participants were recruited and followed up at 3 and 6 month intervals. A total of 2491 3-month and 1134 6-month follow up interviews were conducted. This study was designed to validate the sensitivity of a computerized adaptive screen for predicting suicide attempts that was implemented in study one with 6,005 youths. Several working papers are now under way with this data. 

 

Developing An Adaptive Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents Following Inpatient Hospitalization: A Pilot Smart

The overarching goal of this intervention development study involving adolescents who are hospitalized due to suicide risk is to optimize a safety plan intervention and post-discharge text-based support for teens hospitalized for suicide-related concerns. This study is currently in the final stages of data collection for the first of its two study aims; the purpose of study aim 1 was to obtain feedback from adolescents about the content of the text-based support. Participant recruitment for the second aim of the study, a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) pilot, will begin in early March. 

 

Transforming Youth Suicide Prevention in Michigan (SAMHSA) Grant Team Updates

The PES Family Support and Follow-Up study aims to inform enhancements to crisis and emergency care for youth and families. At PES, we are recruiting 250-500 families to participate.  Youth ages 10-18 with any suicide-related risk factors are eligible. Recruitment into Phase 2 is ongoing - currently have 71 families enrolled in Phase 2 (staff training plus parent tool kit) in addition to 87 families in Phase 1 (baseline). Retreat with larger team took place on 2/27 to discuss Phase 3, tentatively marked to begin in May and will integrate text messaging support post ED discharge for parents of youth at-risk.

Child Welfare Collaboration. Screening Pilot– recruitment completed in December - 22 youth enrolled into study across three partner counties. Continuing to collect 3 & 6 month follow-up data. Staff surveys to be sent out in April to evaluate feasibility and acceptability of the pilot. Workforce Evaluation – safeTALK training manuscript will be submitted to the Child Welfare journal in April.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention Associated with Reduced Mortality

New study suggests long-term mortality impacts of youth nominating 'caring adults'. 

Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ Associated with At-Risk Youths' Perceived Suicide Risk

Half of suicidal adolescent show viewers in an emergency department report that the controversial television series contributed to their suicide risk. 

Congratulations to Polly Gipson!

Dr. Polly Gipson was awarded a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Promoting Resilience and Outreach through Multi-tiered Interventions and Supportive Environments (PROMISE) for Success: A Trauma-Informed & Trauma-Responsive Community Intervention will be implemented in Ypsilanti. 

 

Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Honors Dr. Cheryl King

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presented Dr. Cheryl King with a research award for her work in youth suicide prevention at the 2018 Lifesavers Gala.