There are signs of progress in suicide prevention in the United States. Zero Suicide, a project of the Suicide Prevention Center at EDC, is one approach to prevention that is helping health care providers address the needs of at-risk patients.
EDC’s Morton Silverman offers advice for parents wondering how to respond to teen suicides in this article about a recent spate of them in a California community. Silverman is senior science advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC.
A report on prevention spending by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is cited in an article about the need for suicide prevention training for army chaplains. In its report, the Action Alliance found that spending on suicide research is severely lagging when compared to research on other leading causes of death. EDC is secretariat for the Action Alliance.
Suicide survivors can play a key role in raising awareness about and reducing the stigma around suicide. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat, is highlighting these efforts.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for children and teens. Julie Goldstein Grumet of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC advises schools to offer staff suicide prevention training and to increase awareness of the issue.
Suicide attempt survivors are seeking a greater role in reducing the nation’s suicide rate. A new report from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat, describes ways they can be involved.
Knowing the warning signs of suicide could help save a life. In this article in the Washington Post, EDC’s David Litts and Julie Goldstein Grumet discuss some common warning signs and offer resources for people at risk.
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.