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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.

Postvention as Prevention

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by Ken Norton, LICSW, executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

on May 7, 2015

The term “postvention” is a great example of suicide prevention jargon that means little to those outside the field and may actually contribute to misunderstanding. Postvention refers to activities which reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide death. Although postvention is implemented after a suicide it is essential that we prepare for postvention before...

Progress and Promise

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by Jerry Reed

on April 7, 2015

The suicide rate in the United States has remained fairly constant since the end of World War II. This has led some to ask the question, “What more should we be doing?” I would argue that we are making progress and should strengthen current efforts by capitalizing on this progress in ways that I believe will ultimately have an impact on the national suicide rate. It is time to make...

Toward Zero Suicide: The Essential Role of Data

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Michael Hogan, PhD

on March 5, 2015

Zero Suicide is a systematic approach to preventing suicide in health care and behavioral health settings. The Zero Suicide approach is based on a commitment to patient safety and a belief, informed by data, that health and behavioral health care systems can prevent suicides among the people in their care. Because of the risks faced by their patients and the proven tools that now exist, health...

Working Together to Prevent Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence

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by Jerry Reed

on February 5, 2015

Last summer I had the privilege of participating in a SAMHSA-sponsored Technical Expert Panel on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Suicide Prevention. It was both enlightening and inspiring to share ideas and experiences with colleagues dedicated to preventing IPV and to treating the physical, emotional, and spiritual harm it causes. The paramount issue for people working to intervene in IPV...

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The First Ten Years

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John Draper, PhD 

Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Member, SPRC Steering Committee

on January 5, 2015

The tenth anniversary of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides an opportunity to look back and ask “What have we accomplished?” The first accomplishment that comes to mind is the expansion of our services. In 2005, we started with a network of 109 centers and answered about 20,000 crisis calls. In 2014, our expanded network of 165 member centers answered about 1.5...