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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.

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...

Overcoming Fear Together

Posted by

Barb Gay, MA
Executive Director, Area Substance Abuse Council, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Member, Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

on December 3, 2015

Although the field of suicide prevention has made enormous strides in recognizing the contributions of people with lived experience, it has not totally overcome the fear of engaging suicide attempt survivors in their own recovery as well as in efforts to prevent suicide and improve the systems that help people recover. Attempt survivors are still often described as fragile and unstable—...

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Posted by

Robert Gebbia, Chief Executive Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

on November 6, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015 is this year’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. This observance began in 1999 when Senator Harry Reid, himself a loss survivor, introduced a resolution to designate the Saturday before Thanksgiving National Survivors of Suicide Day—an occasion for families and friends of people who died by suicide to...

New Resource Helps Senior Centers Promote Behavioral Health and Prevent Suicide

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Kana Enomoto, MA, Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Kathy Greenlee, JD, Administrator, Administration for Community Living; and Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

on September 22, 2015

Suicide takes a tremendous toll on older adults, particularly men over the age of 65. Yet the number of older adults in the United States is growing. Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. The good news is that there are more than 11,000 senior centers that offer a wide range of services and supports to help older adults stay mentally and physically healthy and live independently in their...