#SPSM chats LIVE from #NatCon17, 4/2/17, 9pCT

Join @DocForeman and the #SPSM crew LIVE from #NatCon17 in Seattle! We’ll discuss SPSM activities during the conference, as well as related national news in suicide prevention. We’ll even have some local SPSM faces making guest appearances.

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@AdamHoffberg chats with #SPSM about the @RMIRECC #suicide #prevention podcasts, 3/26/17, 9pCT

Adam Hoffberg, of the Veteran Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (Rocky Mountain MIRECC), chats with #SPSM about their suicide prevention podcasts 3/26/17, at 9pCT.

Upcoming podcasts will include folks like Julie Goldstein from the Zero Suicide Academy (Becky Stoll repped that org on #SPSM, watch here). There will also be more content on microbiomes and suicide (see below for prior podcasts on that current hot topic).

Find ALL of Rocky Mountain MIRECC’s “Short Takes” podcasts here. And, if the complete archive is a bit overwhelming, we have some suggestions about where to start:

Watch us LIVE here:

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Adam Hoffberg has a Master of Health Science in Mental Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a certificate in health disparities and health inequity. He is currently employed as recruitment/outreach and social media coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Denver VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, providing support in roles consistent with the mission and vision of preventing suicide among Veterans.

 

 

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@RobertRMorris chats with #SPSM about @Koko, 3/19/17, 3pCT

Dr. Robert Morris chats with #SPSM about Koko, 3/19/17, 3pCT.

What is Koko, what is an “empathy layer,” and what does it have to do with suicide prevention? Well, you might want to read this Verge article for starters…

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Dr. Robert Morris is co-founder of Koko, a social network for mental health and emotional well-being.

Robert earned his AB in psychology from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and his master’s and PhD in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His interests lie at the intersection of crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, and digital interventions for mental health. He is an award winning designer and his work has been featured in WiredNPRFast Company, and the The Huffington Post, among others.

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#SPSM chats about issues with algorithms, 3/12/17, 9pCT

SPSM guest expert Dr. Glen Coppersmith chats with us about uses and limitations of algorithms in predicting suicide attempts and death, 3/12/17 9pCT.

There’s been a lot of conversation lately about the potential of data science to predict suicide attempts and deaths. Experts differ on their opinions about the relative promise and merits of “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning,” and “algorithms” in suicide prevention.

SPSM will be orienting you to the basic issues underlying these concepts and application, so that you can evaluate different approaches for yourself.

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@MeredithGould chats with #SPSM about #suicide and #spirituality, 3/5/17, 9pCT.

Dr. Meredith Gould joins #SPSM to chat about the relationship between suicide and spirituality, 3/5/17, 9pCT.

SPSM has never shied away from controversial topics (this is a weekly chat about suicide, after all). We’ll be discussing how one’s spiritual orientation might impact one’s view of suicide, and perhaps even how one uses social media in the aftermath or an attempt or death.

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Meredith Gould, PhD is a sociologist, digital communications consultant, online community manager, and longtime spiritual seeker. She’s an award-winning author of eleven books, including Desperately Seeking Spirituality. An updated edition of Deliberate Acts of Kindness: A Guide to Service as a Spiritual Practice will be available mid-March 2017. Dr. Gould is internationally known for her passionate advocacy of using digital tools for ministry and to encourage practical spirituality in daily life. A Platinum Fellow of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Health Network, she has also been involved with health, wellness, and healthcare education for decades. For more information visit: www.meredithgould.com.

 

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#SPSM: The Manifesto Episode, 2/26/17, 9pCT

#SPSM will be discussing our suicide prevention manifesto, 2/26/17, 9pCT.

What’s our manifesto, and why do one now?

SPSM has always had a point of view. We aim to use social media to have an expert to expert conversation about suicide prevention, social media, digital technology, and innovation…at the speed of technology and innovation, and not years behind it (the pre-SPSM speed of traditional expert to expert media in suicide prevention).

This was a bold undertaking…and in the last four years we feel our community is living this mission, and having an impact on accelerating and elevating the conversation on suicide prevention. In the meantime, our community has learned a few things, and is starting to crystallize a clear point of view about a possible future free of the blight of suicide, along with the challenges that must be undertaken to get there. This is *our* “suicide prevention moonshot.”

Here is our SPSM Manifesto

  1. Suicide is an enormous, global blight on humanity, and years of doing what we’ve been doing has not moved the needle on this problem in a powerful way. It’s time for radical solutions.
  2. “Radical solutions” will require a passionate, unapologetic quest for the resources (financial, institutional, political, and technical) to address this problem at scale.
  3. “Radical solutions” will require “suicidologists” to reach out and collaborate effectively with people in a number of science, technology, and media disciplines we’ve never worked with before.
  4. Because “radical solutions” will inevitably require use of “breakthrough technology” to address suicide at the scale of the problem, it is likely we will have to build things that do not yet exist, and we probably do not know, at this moment in time, what that is. We need to start dreaming big, taking risks, and proposing designs for suicide prevention at the scale of the problem. Then we need to start doing what it takes to actually attempt these designs, with a focus on tracking outcomes.
  5. We must become unattached to suicide prevention “solutions” that do not deliver results at scale. This will require a real realignment of motivations.
  6. Because we will be trying radical, multidisciplinary solutions to suicide prevention we need to solve the research and development process problems that consistently interfere with innovation at scale.
  7. Ethics writing, standards/practices benchmarks, and policy work needs to be funded and incentivized to keep pace with innovation. Without these important system elements, no innovation could be responsibly implemented.

Watch us nail our theses to the front door of YouTube, LIVE:

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#SPSM chats: Apps to assess #suicide risk level, 2/19/17, 9pCT

SPSMer chat about suicide risk assessment apps, 2/19/17, 9pCT.

In the years since SPSM started (we can’t believe we are writing this sentence) there has been an explosion of app development in the suicide prevention space. And, interestingly enough, there has been very little scientific review for this. There has been an very interesting review of these, and you should read it, here.

And, in recent months, there is even one digital tool (when combined with a blood test) that developers suggest may be able to predict your likelihood of suicide risk with high accuracy.

One area of particular controversy are apps that propose to identify your level of suicide risk. Given that assigning “low/medium/high” risk levels is a somewhat common clinical activity, that also has some controversial empiric basis, and the possible implications of having a digital tool that does this, SPSM will be discussing the implications and issues surrounding these apps.

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