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In his TEDxMahtomedi presentation, “Suicide: Quelling the Perfect Storm”, Chris discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the many potential causes of suicide. With suicide as the 10th leading cause of death for all age groups in the U.S. and increasing, a formal academic program of study in suicidology is needed to better understand these causes and develop effective preventative measures.
Chris Caulkins is program director and faculty for the Century College EMS program, works part-time as a paramedic, and is also a researcher for Sumrith Solutions, a social science consulting firm. He is certified as a psychological autopsy investigator and has co-founded and co-facilitates two peer support groups for those bereaved by suicide. Chris is currently working on a doctorate; his dissertation preparation centers on suicide among college students and the protective (and detrimental) effects of education. The driving force behind Chris’ need to understand suicide were the deaths of his wife and brother — both by suicide.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx