EDC's Ellyson Stout staff photo



Ellyson Stout is a public health professional with extensive experience in suicide prevention, social marketing, and health promotion with diverse populations. She works with diverse audiences, national partners, and stakeholders to support capacity buildling and infrastructure development in states, organizations, health systems, and communities to reduce suicide deaths and attempts across the United States.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in public health, Stout currently directs the SAMHSA-funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the only federally funded resource center in the United States dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Her skills include strategic planning and communication, financial analysis and budget management, fundraising and donor relations, and team leadership and human resources management. Before coming to EDC, she worked domestically and internationally in HIV/AIDS prevention and maternal and child health, as well as with immigrant and refugee health programs.

Stout holds an MS in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine.

“In communities dealing with suicide, there’s often a focus on what’s wrong. We help people find the assets in their communities and leverage them to create long-term, positive change.”


Speaking Highlights

Connecting Research and Practice: Strategic Models for Disseminating and Implementing Suicide Prevention Programs and Practices

Panel presentation, American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
April 2015

Substance Abuse Prevention IS Suicide Prevention: Building Collaboration Between Our Fields

Workshop presentation, Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference
Hartford, CT
September 2014

State Suicide Prevention Coordinator Workshop: Implementing Your State Plan and Demonstrating Impact

Workshop presentation, American Association for Suicidology (AAS) Annual Meeting
Los Angeles, CA
April 2014

Collaborating with the Suicide Prevention Community: We’re Reaching Out to the Same Folks

Workshop presentation, SAMHSA’s Annual Prevention Day
National Harbor, MD
February 2014



Preventing Suicide, Together
EDC, December 5, 2013

Blog Posts

“A New National Strategy… Now What?”
Director’s Corner, September 2012

Selected Publications

Varia, S. G., Ebin, J., & Stout, E. R. (2014). Suicide prevention in rural communities: Perspectives from a community of practice. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 38(2), 109–115.

Selected Resources

Resource libraries

This resource library is a collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help users understand and implement the Zero Suicide Initiative.


This online toolkit supports the implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative in health and behavioral health care settings.

Resource libraries

This resource library maintained by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) includes products created by SPRC and its partners as well as toolkits, fact sheets, guides, upcoming trainings and