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  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    When someone dies by a person’s own hand, the loss deeply affects each of those closest to him or her. What may often be missed, however, is how that loss also affects the therapist trained to keep this suicide from happening. In the popular mind, it may seem inappropriate to be concerned with the professional on the sidelines after a successful suicide attempt, but for the human being behind that degree, a death can have many repercussions both professionally and personally.

  • The Austen Riggs Center offers a unique therapeutic approach in an voluntary and open setting.

    It was a busy year for the Riggs Blog, with more than 100 pieces published – from commentary and current events to our treatment approach and our values. 

  • Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

    Austen Riggs Center clinician and Erikson Institute Director Dr. Jane G. Tillman is interviewed about suicide on The Psychology of Everything podcast.

  • The 2016 Erikson Institute Fall Conference at the Austen Riggs Center is on Treating the Suicidal Patient: From Research to Practice.

    The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce its annual Fall Conference for clinicians and scholars: Suicide: Theory, Research, and Clinical Perspectives. The day-long conference will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Austen Riggs Center, and will focus on understanding the psychosocial and community aspects of suicide, and state-of-the-art assessments and treatments for the suicidal patient and for vulnerable communities. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center is focusing some of our research efforts on the issue of suicide.

    “Suicide is the worst possible outcome,” says Director of the Erikson Institute Jane G. Tillman, PhD. Finding new ways to learn and to help people at risk occupies both her clinical work and her research. Therefore, she is encouraged by a renewed focus on and resources directed toward finding answers to nagging questions: How can we help suicidal patients? What can we learn? Are there things we could do differently?

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    Every year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsors Out of the Darkness Community Walks to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. This year more than 200,000 individuals will participate in more than 350 walks across the country.

  • Austen Riggs Center Participates in Berkshire County Out of Darkness Walk.

    Every year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsors Out of the Darkness Community Walks to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. According to AFSP, whose mission is to “save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” Out of the Darkness Community Walks “produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are smart about mental health.” This year more than 200,000 individuals will participate in more than 350 walks across the country.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric treatment setting located in Stockbridge, MA.

    Locked psychiatric units are no better than open units at preventing suicide, according to a large 15-year observational study published this month in the British medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry. In addition, the results of the study suggest that patients in open units are less likely to attempt suicide or to run away from the hospital (with or without returning) than patients in locked units.

  • Dr Eric Plakun and Dr. Jane Tillman presented "Responding to the Impact of Suicide on Clinicians" at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting.

    What are the effects on the clinician when his/her patient dies by suicide? How to respond? Drs Plakun and Tillman have been offering a workshop on responding to the impact of suicide on clinicians as part of the APA Annual Meeting since 2004. 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Friday showing a 24% increase in the suicide rate between 1999 and 2014, the highest level in 30 years. These troubling statistics have not only caught the attention of the media, but also many researchers and public health experts, who note that the causes for suicide are complicated, involving biological, psychological and sociocultural factors.

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