The Weekly Spark, SPRC’s enewsletter, contains announcements and information about suicide, suicide prevention and mental health issues. We offer brief summaries of national, state and tribal and international news; analyses of relevant research findings; descriptions of funding opportunities, and links to additional resources. The Weekly Spark is written and edited by SPRC Librarians. Every effort is made to offer relevant and timely information with links to the original content as available.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions. In general, the Weekly Spark does not include editorials, opinion pieces, political advocacy or information on local events. National Events may be listed in the SPRC Calendar.
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Check the Events section often. We maintain a calendar with online and in-person trainings, conferences, workshops and meetings of interest to suicide prevention professionals and others. We list SPRC sponsored events and encourage you to submit information about your organization's events for inclusion on our calendar.
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.
This section is an archive of our press releases. These include official news regarding developments and projects associated with SPRC.
Research indicates that the way suicide is reported in the media can affect vulnerable individuals and contribute to additional suicides and suicide attempts. The following publication can help you report on suicide while minimizing dangers to those who may be at risk.
Recommendations for reporting on suicide Released in 2011, these recommendations were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention, in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The research-based recommendations include suggestions for online media, message boards, bloggers, and "citizen journalists."
For assistance in developing stories on suicide,
phone: 877-GET-SPRC (877-438-7772)