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Trauma Informed Oregon Talk Newsletter

2017 • September/October Issue  |  Welcome to Trauma Informed Oregon Talk, our e-newsletter! Learn about the latest happenings at Trauma Informed Oregon, community conversations we have heard, trauma informed activities across the state, and trauma informed tools and resources we have added to our website. Check out traumainformedoregon.org for details.

Trauma Informed Oregon News
Suicide, Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care – TIO Happenings September/October 2017
September has been Suicide Prevention Month. The Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, Mandy Davis, talks about TIO’s goal to share resources and information that connect what we know about suicide, trauma, and trauma informed care. From her travels around the state, Mandy has learned, firsthand, how important this information is to you, our partners, in addressing this issue.  Read more from Mandy Davis…

New TIO Discussion Forum! Join Today
Looking for resources and support as you implement trauma informed care? Join others around the state on the new TIO Online Discussion Forum! You can find resources, share your experience, and receive peer support.  View the Discussion Forum…

Community Ideas
Zero Suicide and Trauma Informed Care
Meghan Crane, Zero Suicide Program Coordinator for the Public Health Divison of Oregon Health Authority (OHA), explains the Zero Suicide Initiative and its correlation with trauma informed care as well as SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Approach.  Read the “Zero Suicide and Trauma Informed Care” blog post…

The Role of Trauma in Suicidal Behavior
Terry Ellis, LCSW, Executive and Clinical Director for Wolf Pack Consulting and Therapeutic Services, LLC explores the role trauma plays in suicidal behavior in children, adolescents, and adults. Terry discusses the factors for high rates of suicidality in the American Indian and Alaskan Native population and some interventions for prevention.  Read “Role of Trauma” blog post…

Postvention is Prevention
By providing her personal story as a clinician, A. Del Quest, LCSW, Assistant Professor at Pacific University, shares her experience about a previous client and the importance of effective aftercare (postvention) following a suicide.  Read the “Postvention” blog post…

Sports – Preventative Medicine
Kaig Lightner, MSW, Founder and Director of Portland Community Football Club writes about his identity as a queer, transgender man. He talks about how sports, and his birth and chosen family, saved his life.  Read the “Sports – Preventative Medicine” blog post…

New Tools
Empowering Youth to Have Trauma Informed Experiences in Emergency Rooms
Through working as a wraparound youth partner for Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon, Lauren Conn, Chair of Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC) educates us on some youth experiences in the emergency room and shares OTAC’s new resource: Making Your Voice Heard: Suggestions for youth by youth for use in emergency rooms is in poster and wallet card sizes.  Ready the “Empowering Youth” blog post… 

Ongoing Survivance
Elizabeth LaPensée, PhD, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and award winning writer, designer, and artist of games, comics, and animation designed a social impact game to respond to the need to improve well-being in indigenous communities by using the creation of art to heal present and future generations.  Read the “Ongoing Survivance” blog post…

Resources and Tips for Those Who have Lost Someone to Suicide or Who have Attempted Suicide
In this blog, Ann Kirkwood, Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), shares some tools for “bereavement survivors” and “attempt survivors” with resources for grief and peer support. If you are in crisis, please call Lines for Life at 1-800-273-TALK.  Read the “Resources and Tips” blog post…

Training and Education
Oregon Health Authority’s Strategy to Reduce Youth Suicide
Ann Kirkwood, Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), details the actions taken by OHA to meet the goals of the Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan, which guides efforts through 2020.  Read the “Oregon Health Authority’s Strategy to Reduce Youth Suicide” blog post…

Implementation, Training & Education Updates September/October 2017
Ana Hristić, TIO Education and Training Coordinator, tells us about the Online Discussion Forum that is new to the Trauma Informed Oregon website. She hopes this will be a great tool for those in the community to share knowledge and experience.  Read more from Ana Hristić

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