MDedge Psychcast

Rural suicidality and resilience


 

Caroline Bonham, MD, and Avi Kriechman, MD, join Psychcast host Lorenzo Norris, MD, via phone to discuss enhancing resilience in rural communities. Overall U.S. life expectancy decreased from 78.7 years to 78.6 years from 2016 to 2017. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that, along with drug overdose deaths, suicide also drove the decrease in average lifespan over that time period. Addressing suicide in rural communities presents unique challenges.

Dr. Bonham is vice chair of community behavioral health in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Dr. Kriechman is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist at the university, where he serves as principal investigator on ASPYR – Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention & Youth Resilience.

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