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Increase in Adolescent and Physician Suicide: Hiccup or Trend?
360 degree View, Challenges & Discussion

DATE TO BE DETERMINED – Watch this website for the announcement of new dates and times.

Registration Information and Fees. Registration for this workshop will open once a new date, time and location are selected selected. This dinner workshop will be FREE to all OPPA/APA members thanks to an Expedited Grant from the American Psychiatric Association. Non-member psychiatrists and psychiatric residents, other physicians and mental health providers will be welcome to attend but will pay a registration fee.

Course Description. In Oklahoma, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in Oklahoma. That is two each day! Also, alarming is one doctor commits suicide every day in the United States according to findings presented at the American Psychiatric Association 2018 annual meeting. New research shows the number of doctor suicides is more than twice that of the general population.

In both instances the physicians and teenagers suffer from silent misery with no one to open their heart to, feeling no one can understand their plights and if they remotely do, they do not deserve to be trusted to respect their privacy. There is literally no safe place for physicians and teenagers to express their secret fears and conflicts. Many, therefore, turn to allay their anxieties and fears, sorrows and miseries, overwhelming problems at work, and in family or relationships, by turning to tranquilizing substances including alcohol and marijuana that are culturally acceptable in their own culture.

The stigma and undesirable professional and social repercussions are formidable obstacles to seeking help. It is time for serious in-depth thinking and responding to the critical needs of our colleagues and teenagers as well as young adults who are likely to face self-inflicted damage and lose their lives prematurely from preventable causes.

Distinguished Program Faculty

Swapna Deshpande, M.D. “Adolescent Suicide Trends and Risk Assessment” and will be the Moderator of the Dinner and Interactive Symposium, “360 degree View, Challenges and Discussion”
Ashley Walker, M.D. “Neuroscience of Suicide”
Sara Coffey, D.O.  “Treatment Approaches to Suicidal Adolescents”
Vijaya Ekambaram, M.D. “Physician Suicide: Why the Increase and Why Now?”
Jason Beaman, D.O. “The Contribution of Substance Abuse”

Learning Objectives. At the end of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the most recent understanding of the etiology and neuroscientific mediators leading to successful suicides in Adolescents and physicians.

  • Describe the possible causes for recent trend in the increased rate of suicides in Adolescents and especially in female adolescents and physicians.

  • Explain the role of substance abuse in causation and contribution to suicides in adolescents and physicians and reasonable approaches to address both the treatment of psychopathology, social and work-related issues, and management of substance abuse.

Target Audience. This program was developed as a complimentary workshop-symposium for members of the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association through an Expedited Grant awarded by the American Psychiatric Association. Other non-member psychiatrists and mental health professionals are welcome to attend this program.

CME Accreditation and Designation. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA). The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education. The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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