SPARK Talks

SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable videos of leaders in suicide prevention. Each describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

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Jo Anne Sirey, PhD
Jo Anne Sirey stresses the importance of integrating mental health into aging service programs, such as senior centers.
Jeff Sung, MD
Jeff Sung sheds light on a population with a suicide rate that is more than double the national average: men between the ages of 35 and 64.
In this compelling talk, find out how public health professionals like Cathy Barber have partnered with gun shop owners like Ralph Demicco to prevent suicide.
Dan Reidenberg explains the way in which the media covers suicide can impact the lives of others at risk. TV producer Candice Madsen shows that it’s possible to offer hope and also boost ratings.
Doreen Bird, MPH
As a Native American with expertise in public health, Doreen Bird describes how to effectively work with Native populations to prevent suicide.
Ashby Dodge, LCSW
Ashby Dodge urges us to actively listen to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning so we can provide more culturally competent care.
Barb Gay, MA
In this four-minute video, attempt survivor and community mental health provider Barb Gay shares how survivors of suicide attempts can help us improve prevention, transform care, and save lives.
Alex Crosby, MD, MPH
In these two essential short videos, Dr. Alex Crosby explains why data is critical to suicide prevention and where to find the data you need.
Ken Norton, LICSW
Ken Norton discusses the role of “postvention” not only as a response to what has happened, but also as protection against and preparation for what could happen.
Michael Hogan, PhD
Michael Hogan describes how the Zero Suicide approach aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals in health care systems who are at risk of suicide.
John Draper, PhD
John Draper challenges traditional ideas about what the “best care” for people at risk of suicide is and champions a transformative perspective.
Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW
Jerry Reed offers a new way to help individuals - and the movement as a whole - move forward.