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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.

Learning from California

Posted by

Anara Guard, Senior Project Director, EDC

on April 7, 2014

Anara lives and works in California

The State of California has a long history of innovation in suicide prevention. In 1958 Edwin Schneidman founded the nation’s first comprehensive suicide prevention center in Los Angeles. The first community-based telephone crisis center in the United States was established in San Francisco in 1962.

This history of...

A New Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention

Posted by

Thomas Insel

on March 7, 2014

Director, NIMH

More than 38,000 Americans died by suicide in 2010, the most recent year for which we have national data. This makes suicide, once again, the tenth leading cause of death for all ages; the second leading cause of death for young adults ages 25 to 34.1 Despite changes in recent decades that might reasonably have been expected to reduce suicide rates...

A Vision for Research

Posted by

Phillip Satow

on March 7, 2014

Private Sector Co-lead, Research Prioritization Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; Representative, National Council for Suicide Prevention; Chair of the Board, The Jed Foundation

At the end of 1998 I lost my son Jed to suicide. Since then, like so many survivors, caregivers, and advocates, I have worked hard to understand this unendurable tragedy....

From Awareness to Action

Posted by

Jerry Reed, SPRC

on February 7, 2014

It’s time to talk about the big picture. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has set an aspirational goal of saving 20,000 lives over 5 years.  To meet this challenge, we need to understand how our best prevention and treatment efforts can be combined to have the greatest possible impact.

Over the last 15 years, those of us committed to bringing a public...

Crisis Lines

Posted by

Jerry Reed, SPRC

on January 6, 2014

This story begins with a sign. In November, 2013, I was at the Trenton, New Jersey Amtrak Station waiting to take the train back to Washington, D.C. While standing on the platform, I noticed a sign from the New Jersey Hopeline that read, “You’re Not Alone. Feeling Desperate, Depressed, or Suicidal? Call Us 855-654-6735.” I was really glad to see that sign and the exposure it...