CARF president/CEO welcomes opportunities to make a
difference in people's lives
October 10, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- CARF International supports
the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide
Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action released last month by the
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General.
The revised suicide prevention strategy emphasizes the role
every person can play in protecting friends, family members, and colleagues
from suicide. It provides guidance for schools, businesses, health systems,
clinicians, and other sectors. The new strategy takes into account nearly a
decade of research and other advancements in the field since the previous
strategy was published.
The Action Alliance is a public-private partnership that has
identified suicide as a major public
health issue that takes life without regard to age, income, education, social
standing, race, or gender.
The alliance notes
that state and local prevention efforts are having a positive impact, as shown
by decreasing suicide rates among teenage and elder males -- two groups with high
rates of suicide.
Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., was appointed to the Action Alliance executive committee
when the alliance was established in 2010. Earlier this year, he accepted an
invitation to continue to serve on the committee.
"I welcome any
opportunity to make a difference in a life that can be saved," Boon said. "Suicide
can affect all health and human services areas that CARF accredits. CARF is
proud to contribute to the national effort to prevent suicides."
call for accredited service providers to have procedures in place for dealing
with suicides and attempted suicides of persons served. In addition, CARF
standards guide providers in the areas of risk assessment, prevention,
diversion, and increasing public awareness.
Additional resources include (all links below open in a new window):
- The Surgeon General's website, www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/national-strategy-suicide-prevention/index.html,
contains the full 2012 National Strategy
for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action report, news
release, overview, factsheet, and public service announcement on how
individuals can play a role in preventing suicide.
- The Action Alliance website, actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org, provides numerous
resources for the public, employers, employees, and health and human service
- A recent news release from the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), www.carf.org/SAMHSAsuicideprevention, highlights developments
in the strategy to reduce suicide deaths.
- A CARF article published in Newsweek Showcase, "Preventing and surviving suicide," www.carf.org/suicideprevention (PDF), provides practical advice for
responding to the warning signs of suicide and surviving suicide loss.
- A CARF news release in October 2010, www.carf.org/suicide, announced CARF's
support of national suicide prevention efforts.
10/9/2012 12:05:00 AM