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Director's Corner

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.

Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives

Posted by

Jerry Reed

on September 3, 2015

September brings with it two important opportunities to celebrate our progress in suicide prevention and to raise awareness that much still needs to be done to reduce the mortality and morbidity resulting from suicidal behavior. September 10 marks the thirteenth observance of World Suicide Prevention Day, whose theme this year is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives....

Champions, Catalyzers, and Cultivators

Posted by

Doryn ChervinDrPH

Executive Secretary of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Vice President and Senior Scientist at Education Development Center, Inc.

on July 1, 2015

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) continues to work toward fulfilling a vision of a nation free from the tragedy of suicide. As executive secretary of the Action Alliance, I am incredibly grateful to the members of this public-private partnership for their ongoing dedication and efforts to champion...

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

Posted by

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...