SCOPE Synopsis, November 2012 #10

2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action (Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention)

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/national-strategy-suicide-prevention/overview.pdf

The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention serves as a call to action meant to inform efforts over the next ten years. It is comprised of thirteen goals and sixty objectives intended to work synergistically. This version serves to revise and update the 2001 National Strategy, which allowed for the enactment of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Suicide prevention Resource Center.

Major developments that inform the 2012 National Strategy include an understanding of the link between suicide and other health issues, new knowledge on groups at increased risk, research on the effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions and the recognition of the importance of comprehensive and coordinated prevention efforts. The June 2011 National Prevention Strategy also informs this document, as it encourages everyone to take an active part in prevention. The four strategic directions include: create supportive environments that promote healthy and empowered individuals, families and communities; enhance clinical and community preventive services; promote the availability of timely treatment and support services; improve suicide prevention surveillance collection, research and evaluation.

Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k11Results/NSDUHresults2011.pdf

The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health serves as the primary source of data on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the general population aged twelve and older. Highlights on illicit drug use include an increase in youth marijuana ue and a decrease in youth non-medical prescription drug abuse. Driving under the influence of illicit drugs was highest among 18-25 year old. Highlights on alcohol use were a static rate of youth binge drinking and a decline in underage current use, binge and heavy drinking. Driving under the influence of alcohol was highest among 21-25 year olds.

Youth reported seeing or hearing drug or alcohol prevention messages inside or outside of school less than they did in 2002. Fewer youth reported current use of marijuana if they perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana. Current relevant data guides and informs prevention efforts, so this report is a tool for development and application of interventions.

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