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Comprehensive Suicide Prevention – It’s More than a Mental Health Concern
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When: August 23, 2018
3:00-4:30 PM ET
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Julie Alonso

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In 2016, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. A recent report from CDC tells us that suicide rates have increased by more than 30% in half of US states between 1999 and 2016. The report also tells us that according to data from 27 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS, 2015), more than half of people who died by suicide were not known to have a mental health condition; but commonly reported relationship, substance misuse, physical health, job, money, legal or housing stress among other circumstances. To stem the tide of this growing public health problem, a national goal was set to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. Meeting this goal will require implementation of comprehensive suicide prevention strategies which relies on a public health approach that goes beyond a focus on mental health conditions alone. Suicide prevention includes everyone in communities across the public and private sectors, from government agencies, to people with lived experience, to employers, to healthcare systems and beyond.

Join us for this special presentation on August 23, 2018 as we discuss the latest findings in the field with CDC scientists, State Health Department leaders in suicide prevention, and experts on suicide among U.S. Veterans.

Featured Presenters:



Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Senior VP for Practice Leadership and Suicide, Violence & Injury Prevention Portfolio Lead with the Education Development Center

Dr. Reed will moderate the webinar. He will ask state partners to reflect on the barriers and facilitators to reaching the nation’s goal and to employing a broad public health approach that addresses multiple factors impacting on suicide.




Deborah Stone, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Stone will provide an overview of the recent CDC Vital Signs report, Suicide rising across the US- More than a mental health concern.



Sheryll Brown, MPH, Private Consultant, Epidemiologist and Injury Prevention Services Director for the Oklahoma State Department of Health - retired

Ms. Brown will reflect on her experience using NVDRS data to inform suicide prevention efforts in Oklahoma and the most recent Safe States report on veteran and armed forces suicide.




Kimberly Myers, MSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Ms. Myers will discuss Utah’s strategy for using a shared risk and protective factors approach across systems to prevent suicide.




Jeffrey Hill, MS, Violence and Injury Prevention Program Manager, Rhode Island Department of Health

Mr. Hill will discuss creative ways to fund suicide prevention, particularly among youth and using data to identify risk factors.




Comprehensive Suicide Prevention – It’s More than a Mental Health Concern

Thursday, August 23, 2018

3:00-4:30 pm ET


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