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Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan and the Rural-Urban Continuum

September 11, 2018
Health Sciences Center - Okey Patteson Auditorium
4:00 p.m.

This event will be webcast if you are unable to attend in person.

Suicide is a major public health problem in the United States, the second-leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults and the tenth-leading cause of death across the lifespan. Despite national prevention efforts, suicide rates are rising, with the highest and most rapidly increasing suicide rates in rural America. This increase in the rate of suicide, along with dramatic increases in deaths due to substance misuse, has called attention to “deaths of despair” and the increasing mortality rate observed among white Americans in middle life. 

This presentation will highlight the public health realities of suicide across the lifespan and the rural-urban continuum, as well as the mismatch between the enormous societal impact of suicide and our investment in prevention. The relevance of access to health and mental health services and selected suicide prevention strategies will be reviewed, with special emphasis on prevention efforts targeting rural populations.

Co-sponsored by the Tanner Lecture Series

Dr. Campo is Chief Behavioral Wellness Officer, Assistant Dean for Behavioral Health, and Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University (WVU) and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Campo is board-certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry, and completed medical training at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residencies in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). 

He is the former Sinsabaugh Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry and medical director of behavioral health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is consistently listed among America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America, and has been honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award and by NAMI as an exemplary psychiatrist. Dr. Campo’s interests include the study and prevention of suicide, mental health services and policy research, the delivery of mental health services in general medical settings such as primary care, and the relationship between functional somatic symptoms and emotional disorders.

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