ROCHESTER, Minn. — Physicians, researchers, psychologists, social workers and educators are gathering April 18-21 at the American Association of Suicidology Conference in Baltimore to discuss and present the latest in suicide prevention and research on topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, college and youth mental health and bullying.
"This meeting is a gathering of some of the great minds in the fields of suicide prevention, clinical practice, postvention and research," says Timothy Lineberry, M.D., Board Chair, American Association of Suicidology and a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist who specializes in suicide prevention. "Suicide is a significant public health problem in the United States and there are treatments and interventions that can make a difference."
Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For every person who dies, many more think about, plan or attempt suicide. In 2008, a total of 36,035 people died as a result of suicide, and about 666,000 visited hospital emergency departments for nonfatal, self-inflicted injuries, the CDC found in a recent nationwide study.
The conference will include presenters from national organizations such as the United States Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institutes of Health. New research and presentations also will stem from a gamut of medical institutions including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington and Mayo Clinic. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., also is slated to attend and give a presentation on suicide prevention Thursday, April 19.
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