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Trauma, Abuse & Suicide

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The BHWISE Lifespan program recruits and trains advanced-year MSW students to provide behavioral health services to clients of all ages who live in underserved communities. Additionally, the program has created new interprofessional courses in behavioral health across the health professions. BHWISE Fellows have been supported in their advanced practicum year with a stipend of $10,000 per student. (PIs: Paul Sacco & Michele Beaulieu)

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Healthy Men Michigan was a state-wide public health campaign designed to engage working-age men throughout Michigan in online screening and referrals for suicide prevention and invite them to participate in a randomized control trial to test Man Therapy (www.ManTherapy.org). Man Therapy was compared to the use of a basic online depression screening and referral website. This project was the first randomized control trial testing the effectiveness of Man Therapy to prevent suicide for working-aged men. (PI: Jodi Frey) 

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This project employs a mixed methods design to study utilization of and outcomes from using the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), an online screening, referral and support program that connects employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor, peer support counselor, or other authorized mental health professional. ISP, developed and maintained by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, is an innovative online program that provides employees with an opportunity to anonymously connect with a behavioral health professional and receive support designed to prevent suicide and encourage help-seeking. (PI: Jodi Frey)

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Man Therapy Evaluation in Washington County, Rhode Island 

The purpose of this study is to test a male-oriented, online program, Man Therapy, to improve mental health help-seeking related to depression and suicide among working-aged men living in Washington County, Rhode Island. The research team will evaluate user’s experience about using the Man Therapy website and determine if engagement on the Man Therapy website helps reduce depression and suicide symptoms, reduce mental health stigma, and increase intent and actual engagement in local health and mental health services. (PI: Jodi Frey)

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Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRiSMM)

This project is a comprehensive multi-component collaboration designed to reduce the occurrence of suicidal behaviors among adult men living in Michigan. This will be accomplished through a strategic action plan including: 1) leading a public-private coalition of regional partners dedicated to reducing suicide and related risk factors among men in Michigan, 2) utilizing surveillance and needs assessment data to guide team efforts, 3) collaboratively developing an action plan of evidence-based programs and practices that can be tailored to meet the varied needs of communities in Michigan, 4) implementing and rigorously evaluating this plan, and 5) communicating results to state-wide partners as well as to the suicide prevention field at large. (PI: Jodi Frey)