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Suicide and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)


On June 23, 2012, Jill Harkany-Friedman, Ph.D. made a presentation to the RSDSA Board of Directors and invited guests on the topic of CRPS and Suicide Prevention. Dr. Harkany-Friedman is the Senior Director of Research and Prevention for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). RSDSA asked Dr. Harkany-Friedman to speak because of a number of recent suicides in the CRPS community. Dr. Harkany-Friedman assured us that although most individuals have fleeting thoughts of ending one’s life, suicide is relatively rare (12 out of 100,000). Furthermore, 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder, i.e. depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse and a potentially treatable mental disorder. We are posting her PowerPoint® presentation for your information. Her slides on “How do you know when to worry about someone and what should you do if you were worried about someone” were particularly helpful. 

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