Information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC is cited in this story about state-mandated training for suicide prevention. Since 2007, Utah and 11 other states have approved versions of the Jason Flatt Act, which requires states to provide suicide awareness training to school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and administrators.
Many U.S. service members and veterans struggle with PTSD and thoughts of suicide. But as EDC’s David Litts explains, their own resilience and the support of those around them can help them overcome the challenges they face.
In a commentary, EDC’s David Litts and Linda Langford recommend that messaging about U.S military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, stories of hopelessness, and failures in the system.
EDC recommends that communications about U.S. military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, tragic stories of hopelessness, and system failures, which have been much more prevalent. This and other EDC recommendations appear in a commentary published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
On World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) was released with the aid of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat. EDC’s Jerry Reed helped craft the new strategy.
EDC Vice President Jerry Reed has received the 2012 Public Service Award from the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), which bestows the award in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy for prevention science and research-based programs. Reed was presented with the award at SPR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
A recent lawsuit regarding a suicide of a college student at Cornell University has sparked a nationwide discussion about prevention on college campuses. EDC’s Morton Silverman of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center weighs in on what works best.