(Oconomowoc, Wis.) On a day when the country is noting National Depression Screening Day®, professionals at Rogers Memorial Hospital are taking the time to stay current on the causes and risks of suicide with a two-day training workshop led by Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D., a nationally respected leader in the field of suicide assessment and prevention.
Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2010 (the most recent data available), someone in the country died by suicide every 13.7 minutes. The workshop Shea is conducting for Rogers focuses on suicide prevention protocols, documenting risk and role playing.
Shea is the director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (suicideassessment.com), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School. The author of six books and numerous articles, his book on creating resiliency in difficult times - Happiness Is - was chosen as a Brodart Library Gem, a Bowker's title to Watch, and as the Philosophy Book of the Month by the Radical Academy.
According to Peter Lake, MD, medical director of Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus, “Our effectiveness in preventing suicide ultimately depends on more fully understanding how and why suicide occurs. Bringing experts like Dr. Shea to Rogers helps our teams stay current on the latest advances in understanding the causes and risks of suicide.”
National Depression Screening Day highlights the fact that while nearly all mental illnesses have the potential to increase the risk for suicide, studies show that the most common disorders among people who die by suicide are major depression and other mood disorders. Screening for depression and other mood disorders allows individuals to identify warning signs early and connect with the appropriate treatment resources.
Call Rogers at 800-767-4411 for a free telephone screening or request one online.