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Jerry Reed, Director of SPRC Each month, SPRC Director Jerry Reed will offer his perspective on a current issue in suicide prevention. Jerry, who has been working in the field of suicide prevention since 1997 and with SPRC since 2008, brings to his role significant experience in advocacy and public policy, a 15-year career as a civil servant with the Department of the Army, and experience working directly with the U.S. Congress. Jerry’s professional interest in the field of suicide prevention started as a result of his work in the Office of Senator Harry Reid. The Director’s Corner occasionally features guest columns by distinguished members of the suicide prevention community.

Prevention-Oriented Suicide Risk Assessment: Planning Not Prediction

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Anthony Pisani, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide at University of Rochester

on March 3, 2016

Most clinicians-in-training learn to summarize suicide risk in a categorical probability judgment expressed as low, moderate, or high, often with gradations like low-moderate. But what do we really mean when we say a patient is at “low” “moderate” or “high” risk? Risk compared to whom? Compared to when? In what setting?...

Will 2016 Be the Year Our Candidates Get Serious About Mental Health and Addiction?

Posted by

David Satcher, MD, PhD, Patrick J. Kennedy, and Jerry Reed, PhD

on February 23, 2016

Originally published February 23, 2016 on

Presidential candidates from both political parties have told stories about friends and family members who have struggled with depression, addiction, and suicide. It is good to hear mental illness talked about as a public health concern,...

Charting a Course for Suicide Prevention

Posted by

Jerry Reed, PhD

on February 11, 2016

Originally published February 11, 2016 on

Making the connection between mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention

If EDC’s Jerry Reed believes one thing about suicide prevention, it’s that addressing mental health and addiction concerns are a key part of the fight. Some high-profile experts agree with him, too.

On February 22...

Protecting Your Patients and Yourself

Posted by

Skip Simpson JD

on February 4, 2016

Zero Suicide represents a commitment to identify, protect, and treat people who are at risk of suicide. Central to this commitment is the ability to record and properly share accurate information about a patient’s history and treatment. Without this information, each clinician that treats a patient must start from scratch — an inefficiency that will frustrate health care providers...

Identity as Strength among LGBTQ Youth

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by Ashby Dodge, LCSW, Clinical Director, Trevor Project

on January 7, 2016

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Much of this risk is a consequence of being rejected, ostracized, and harassed for simply being who they are. This rejection can come from their peers, their schools, and their families. LGBT youth who come from highly rejecting families are more...