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This collection features resources highlighted on the homepage of the SPRC website. These include products created by SPRC and our partners, upcoming trainings and conferences, news, and programs developed by suicide prevention grantees and others in the field.

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Jerry Reed Introduces SPRC’s SPARK Talks

In this month’s Director’s Corner, Jerry Reed introduces the SPARK Talks - a set of Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable videos designed to spark conversation, innovation, and action. In addition to SPRC Director Jerry Reed, these videos feature John Draper, Director of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network; Kenneth Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Michael Hogan, Principal of Hogan Health Solutions.

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CDC Expands National Violent Death Reporting System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) from 18 to 32 states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The NVDRS uses data from a number of sources to track and understand suicides, homicides, and unintentional firearm-related deaths. To learn more about the NVDRS and other data sources, see SPRC’s online course Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention.

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Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth Added to BPR

Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth has been added to the SPRC Best Practices Registry. This free kit provides the materials and guidance necessary to carry out a four-hour workshop for the staff of schools, group homes, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, foster parents, therapists, recreation workers, and clergy. The workshop can be adapted for local needs.

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DoD Suicide Prevention Research Strategy Report

Developing a Research Strategy for Suicide Prevention in the Department of Defense  is a RAND report created to guide the development a unified, strategic, and comprehensive plan to prevent suicides by military personnel. It was designed to align with the Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives created by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.