In this testimony before the California State Senate, Rajeev Ramchand discusses effective strategies for preventing suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the state.
The presence of an anxiety disorder is associated with greater frequency of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
While our research has taught us many things about suicide prevention we think additional research is critically needed in two areas, writes Rajeev Ramchand. The first is gun control. The second area is the quality of behavioral health care available to those who need it.
Experts find that identifying whether a suicide prevention program is effective is challenging, because suicide is such a rare event. While these programs may show immediate reductions in suicide attempts, long-term effects are uncertain.
While many of these families fight for honor and respect from the DoD or support from the VA, the comfort that they need will not be provided by either institution, nor should it be. Rather, it is up to us—as their neighbors, coworkers, teachers, and students—to shower these families with the love and support they need and deserve, writes Rajeev Ramchand.
The numbers of suicides among military personnel is a reminder for us involved in prevention to remain vigilant and work even harder. Let it be a wake-up call to the nation to assume some of the responsibility as well, writes Rajeev Ramchand.
Ten RAND authors highlight seven ways in which the United States can help to ensure that veterans and their families receive health care, employment and education opportunities, and other benefits.
Bladder pain syndrome or interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC) severity may not increase the likelihood of suicidal ideation except via severity of depression symptoms.
Testimony presented before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health on December 2, 2011.
This study examined teacher roles in the implementation of a district-wide suicide prevention program through focus groups and interviews with middle school teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.
Not only would the delivery of quality behavioral care prevent suicides, but it would also aid in the recovery of the nearly 20 percent of service members with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, writes Rajeev Ramchand.
RAND researchers will discuss findings and recommendations from their recent study on the growing rate of military suicides, including who is at risk for suicide and what the Department of Defense is doing to prevent it.
In this May 2011 Congressional Briefing, behavioral scientist Rajeev Ramchand presents RAND research and analysis on recent increases in suicides among members of the U.S. military.
U.S. military officials should improve efforts to identify those at-risk and improve both the quality and access to behavioral health treatment in response to a sharp rise in suicide among members of nation's armed forces.
The increasing number of suicides is causing concern in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Suicide-prevention programs in DoD and across the services have some (but not all) of the characteristics of comprehensive programs.
A telephone screener for suicide risk can be used during data collection interviews with depressed patients to identify those who need clinical intervention.
Although Whites are more likely than Blacks, Asians or Hispanics to think about committing suicide, actual suicide attempts are equally common among all groups except Asians, who are less likely to attempt it.
This study of a district-wide suicide prevention program found that schools whose implementation focused on at-risk students had better results.
Gun ownership rates, state legislation, and levels of community cohesiveness are significantly associated with the likelihood of psychiatric patients committing suicide with a gun, as well as being male, Caucasian, and diagnosed with substance abuse.