Suicide? Homicide? Both?

A 15-year old Edison teenager reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into a Nissan Altima killing himself and two in the other vehicle.

And, reportedly, he left a suicide note on his arm.

So, what we have is a “suicide-homicide.”

A 15-year-old boy who crashed his parents’ car into another vehicle on a New Jersey road, killing him and two others, wrote a suicide note on his body before the wreck.

See also:

There are implications that bullying may have reared its ugly head.

Note that our own Shane Owens will present Suicide Assessment and Prevention on November 1, 2013, at Commack High School (see below my signature).


Suffolk County Psychological Association
Suffolk County Academy of Psychology
Suicide Assessment and Prevention
Shane Owens, Ph.D., ABPP
Friday, November 1, 2013  7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Sign in will begin at 6:45 PM.
Handouts and seating can be guaranteed only for those who pre-register by 10/29/13.

Location:  Commack High School: 1 Scholar Lane, Commack (Facilities are handicapped accessible)
SCPA Members: No fee    Nonmembers: $10
Two (2) CE Credits are available for a fee of $15

This presentation will present a synthesis of common methods for the assessment of suicide risk and will provide a rationale for making decisions based on the information gathered during a suicide assessment. In addition, basic methods for treating patients who present suicide risk will be covered.
Participants will be able to:
1. List common warning signs of suicide risk.
2. Discuss important factors explored in a suicide assessment.
3. Formulate questions based on the information that should be gathered during a comprehensive suicide assessment.
4. Describe the process for making appropriate treatment decisions on the basis of data gained during a suicide assessment.
5. Describe procedures for preventing suicide in patients who present suicide risk.
Dr. Owens is the Chairperson of the New York State Psychological Association Suicide Prevention Task Force.  He is the Assistant Director of Campus Mental Health Services at Farmingdale State College and maintains an active private practice in Commack and Manhasset, NY. Dr. Owens is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, serves as an examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. His work has been published in the journals Aggressive Behavior and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and he has presented on suicide prevention and crisis management at local, regional, national, and international conferences. He has served on the faculty of Hofstra University, St. John’s University, and Queensborough Community College, and is a recent recipient of the NYSPA Distinguished Service Award.
This program is sponsored by the Suffolk County Psychological Association. Suffolk County Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Suffolk County Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Directions to Commack high School:  Long Island Expressway Exit 52, Commack Road, or Northern State Parkway to Exit 43.  Go North on Commack Road for 2.9 miles. Commack Road becomes Townline Road at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike. Continue North on Townline Road for 0.8 miles to Commack High School. Turn right at the light to 1 Scholar Lane. Please note that the western entrance (closest to Townline Road) is the most direct to the workshop location.
To register for this workshop or if you have any questions, please contact Mary Krumholz by email at or call 631-423-2409 and be sure to leave a contact phone number with your email or message.

Mary Krumholz
Suffolk County Psychological Association
P.O. Box 397
Commack, NY  11725
t:   (631) 423-2409

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