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GPA Member, Dr. Janet Cox, publishes article about Trauma, Stress and Suicide

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Staci Bratcher

Assessing trauma’s role in chronic stress, suicide

By: Janet Cox, PhD

The alarming increase in suicide rates in the United States over the past two decades is unprecedented and beyond disturbing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released research reporting “suicide increased by 25 percent across the United States from 1999 to 2016 and a shocking 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016.”

The American Psychological Association calls suicide prevention a public health priority and supports a multifaceted public health approach. A new statement from the APA president reads, “the science and practice of psychology play an essential role in both understanding and addressing the biopsychosocial underpinnings of this issue. This crisis affects people both with and without diagnosed mental health conditions. Suicide is often an act of desperation brought on by an inability to cope with life’s stressors. Addressing the source of those stressors is vital.”

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