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Empowering Youth to Have Trauma Informed Experiences in Emergency Rooms

September 27, 2017 From Lauren Conn, Wraparound Youth Support Partner, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon; Co-chair, Oregon Trauma Advocated Coalition Youth Experiences in the Emergency Room As a teen, I attempted suicide multiple times and frequently went to the emergency room for suicidal ideation. These experiences were scary and confusing—the worst were re-traumatizing and even the best felt disempowering. Currently, I work with teens as a wraparound youth partner—while some youth report positive emergency room experiences to me, other youth describe traumatic experiences that occurred during emergency room visits and [...]

Oregon Health Authority’s Strategy to Reduce Youth Suicide

September 27, 2017 From Ann Kirkwood, Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority Youth suicide is a tragedy we can and must prevent. Alarmed by Oregon’s increasing rate of suicide among young people, the Legislature in 2014 recognized the need for a comprehensive strategy to reduce youth suicide. ORS 418.704 called for development of a Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan to guide multi-faceted efforts through 2020. The Plan developed by 100 subject matter experts called for creation of the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide to guide the [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates September/October 2017

September 26, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon I am excited about the online launch of Trauma Informed Oregon's (TIO) Discussion Forum, especially as it pertains to training and education! I believe there is a wealth of expertise in the community related to strategies that promote ongoing learning and engagement. As we know, learning can happen in many different arenas through different modalities, so I welcome the online Discussion Forum as yet another tool for sharing knowledge and experience. I'm looking [...]

Zero Suicide and Trauma Informed Care

September 25, 2017 From Meghan Crane, Zero Suicide Program Coordinator, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority A Role in Preventing Suicide During National Suicide Prevention Month in September, messages relay that we all have a role in preventing suicide. This message extends to healthcare organizations—including behavioral health, hospital systems, primary care, emergency departments, and healthcare coverage—to transform suicide care to significantly reduce suicide. There has been a recent focus on healthcare’s role in preventing suicide, particularly in emergency department and primary care settings. This focus is due to [...]

The Role of Trauma in Suicidal Behavior

September 25, 2017 From Terry Ellis, LCSW, Executive Director and Clinical Director, Wolf Pack Consulting and Therapeutic Services, LLC  National Suicide Prevention Week was September 10th to the 16th. As a child and family therapist, supervisor, and person who works on planning, designing, implementing, and administering child and family service programs, I thought a lot this year about the role trauma plays in relation to suicidal behavior in children, adolescents, and adults. Impact of Childhood Trauma It has been determined events that impact development, such as childhood trauma, [...]

Resources and Tips for Those Who Have Lost Someone to Suicide or Who Have Attempted Suicide

September 24, 2017 From Ann Kirkwood, Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority For families and friends of individuals who die by suicide, grief and trauma are expected as they grapple with the unanswered questions surrounding a tragic death. Why did my loved one kill themselves? Why didn’t I see the signs? What should I have done differently? Answers to these questions will never be completely known. This leaves the “bereavement survivor” left with nagging self-blame and questions that can last a lifetime. Survivors who witness the suicide [...]

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Sports – Preventative Medicine

September 24, 2017 From Kaig Lightner, MSW, Founder and Director of Portland Community Football Club I am fairly certain that when my parents dragged me to my first little league practice they didn’t realize they were introducing me to the very thing that would save my life. I still remember that first practice so clearly. It was for a team called the Peppermint Patties. I was 8 years old and I was hooked the moment the ball smacked into my glove. The next season it was soccer, then basketball [...]

Postvention is Prevention

September 23, 2017 From A. Del Quest, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Pacific University Oregon CAUTION: Content may be upsetting to some readers. Those of us who work in the suicide field know the importance of effective aftercare (postvention) for family members and friends of someone who died by suicide. Postvention refers to those activities that provide support and grief services in the aftermath of a suicide death. As providers, we know how critical that care is for long term recovery. Research has shown that those who lose a [...]

Gift Wrapped in a Funny Box

September 22, 2017 From Pam Pearce, CRM, Co-Founder, Oregon Recovery High School Initiative; President, Community Living Above The prevention of substance abuse and the national epidemic substance abuse has become are both big topics today. It seems that our country is finally coming to grips with the fact that the opioid epidemic is one of our greatest tragedies. Addiction is powerful, and it likes to manipulate its environment into creating false social norms. When our communities believe these false realities people have devastating consequences.  Substance Use Disorder (SUD) [...]

Natural Disasters . . . Thoughts and Resources

September 7, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon I am finding it hard to focus on my "todo" list as thoughts of floods, fires, hurricanes, and deportation swirl around my brain. My thoughts today are about the fear, helplessness, disbelief, anger, sadness, and grief so many across the world are experiencing. I am thinking about indigenous people across the world who are watching their lands being destroyed. I am thinking about those who are houseless, are dependent on medical care, do not have transportation, [...]