Webinar Archives

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The fourth webinar in the ICRC-S’s fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar were Marsha Wittink from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Brooke Levandowski from the Veterans Health Administration’s Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention. Their collaborative research project explores clinician perspectives on: 1) which elements of team-based, collaborative care facilitate suicide prevention for individual patients and 2) what aspects of team-based processes might be beneficial for preventing suicide at the population level. 

Suicide Prevention, Veterans

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The third webinar in the ICRC-S’s fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place on Tuesday, April 26th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar were Jo Anne Sirey, Ph.D., of Weill Cornell Medical College and Jacquelin Berman, Ph.D., of The New York City Department for the Aging. During the webinar, Drs. Sirey and Berman presented the Open Door intervention designed to improve the link to mental health care among older adults with depressive symptoms identified by aging service staff.  They discussed its implementation in New York City senior centers. Both presenters also shared the advantages and challenges of their research collaboration, as well as lessons learned. The webinar was moderated by Yeates Conwell, Co-Director of the ICRC-S and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  

Mental Health, Older Adults

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The second webinar in the ICRC-S's fourth annual webinar series, Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works, took place on Friday, March 18, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.The speakers for this webinar were members of the Tennessee team who attended the ICRC-S 2014 Research Training Institute, including Jennifer Lockman, Centerstone Research Institute and Terrence Love, Tennessee Department of Health. Additional presenters included Scott Ridgway, Director of the TSPN and Susan Gallagher, RTI faculty. Their collaborative research project focused on evaluating The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), a statewide network of approximately 11,000 volunteers and professionals. The TSPN is a public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The presentation focused on their research project (including the initial and revised aims, the qualitative and quantitative methods, IRB experience and preliminary results) as well as the collaborative process these three agencies engaged in to reach their goals. Susan Gallagher who acted as mentor to the Tennessee team for 12 months moderated the webinar.

This sixth Community of Practice (CoP) session in the ICRC-S 2015-16 series, Planning a Collaborative Research Project, will focus on getting institutional buy-in for a collaborative research project.  This webinar will reach back to the 3 research projects which were presented in the September 2015 kick-off of this webinar series to hear the perspectives of the community partners in those projects.  Kathy Plum  and Melanie Funchess from the research project “Addressing Mental Health Promotion in Neighborhoods: The Natural Helpers Learning Collaborative”, Ann Marie Cook from “The Senior Connection”, and Sally J. Rousseau from “Exploring Suicide and Domestic Violence Risk Factors Across Disciplines” will all discuss their successful efforts in getting their organizations’ support for participating in the research studies, including the challenges they faced in getting institutional buy-in, the benefits to their organizations from participation in the research projects, and the lessons learned.  This webinar will be particularly useful to those who are interested in embarking on collaborative research projects and want to understand the community partner perspective.  

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The fifth Community of Practice (CoP) session in the ICRC-S’s 2015-2016 series, Planning a Collaborative Research Project, will provide insights on “Preparing to Submit an Application for IRB Review.”  Bretta Jacquemin, Research Scientist at the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the New Jersey Department of Health, will give a brief overview of the federal regulations regarding the protection of human subjects, highlighting the definitions of “research” and “human subject” and explaining how local practices may be more expansive than federal guidelines.  She will also discuss the components of a complete IRB application, the different types of IRB review, and how an application is read by a reviewer.  She will then provide some examples of studies and the logic used in the review of those studies. Dr. Bryann DeBeer, a participant in the ICRC-S’s 2014 Research Training Institute (RTI), will discuss her experiences in submitting research projects for IRB review. In particular, she will outline considerations for gaining IRB approval for RTI projects, including the timeline of project submission, tips for completing the IRB application, anticipation of challenges and strategies for overcoming challenges, and special considerations for suicide prevention research.

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ICRC-S Webinar Series to Start in January 2016: 
Successful Collaborative Research for Suicide Prevention: What Works?

The fourth annual webinar series conducted by the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, began on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. A project of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Education Development Center, the ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.

To prevent suicide, researchers need community and partner input in all phases of research to enable the development and dissemination of evidence-based and culturally competent interventions. This year's webinar series will explore the important factors that influence collaboration and will share real world experiences from collaborative research projects, including successes and challenges.

Each monthly webinar will be one hour and will provide an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters.

Understanding Adolescent Suicide Attempts: A Research Collaboration among the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Simmons School of Social Work, and Boston Children’s Hospital 

Understanding Adolescent Suicide Attempts: A Research Collaboration among the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Simmons School of Social Work, and Boston Children’s Hospital

The first of six webinars in the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention's (ICRC-S) 2016 webinar series took place on Tuesday, January 12th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar were members of the Massachusetts team that attended the ICRC-S 2014 Research Training Institute, including Dr. Kimberly O'Brien and Dr. Joanna Almeida, Assistant Professors, Simmons School of Social Work (Boston), and Brandy Brooks of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program. Their collaborative research project focused on understanding the preparatory thoughts, behaviors, and decision-making processes that precipitate adolescent suicide attempts. David B. Goldston, Ph.D., Duke Child and Family Study Center Practice, Duke University, moderated the webinar. Dr. Goldston acted as mentor to the Massachusetts team for 12 months. 

 
Research Methods

Friday, December 18, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EASTERN TIME

This fourth Community of Practice (CoP) session in the ICRC-S’s 2015-2016 series, Planning a Collaborative Research Project, will focus on “Forming a Collaborative Research Team.”  This webinar will highlight the experiences of Dr. Susan Keys in building a collaborative relationship and research agenda to address high rates of suicide in Central Oregon. She will identify factors to consider when pairing academic research interests with a community's need to solve problems.  Additionally, she will discuss the implications of cultural context when developing and implementing a suicide prevention initiative and how this relates to a current research project focused on firearm safety, suicide prevention, and primary care.  Dr. Yeates Conwell will add his perspective on the different “levels” of community-based research and place partnership development between academic and community stakeholders into a theoretical context. He will use the ongoing work of the Rochester area’s Senior Health and Research Alliance to illustrate partnership development processes.   

This Community of Practice webinar is designed to lay a foundation for your upcoming application to the ICRC-S’s 2016 Research Training Institute.

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Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the webinar recording will not be available for this webinar.

Developing a Research Question, Aim, and Plan

This third Community of Practice (CoP) session in the ICRC-S 2015-16 series will focus on “Developing a (Fundable) Research Question, Aim and Plan.” Learn about resources and strategies that you can use to create a fundable proposal for suicide prevention research collaborations. You’ll also hear what funders are looking for in a proposal, some common pitfalls researchers should avoid, and how you can take your passions and interests and turn them into science.  You will also hear from one experienced researcher as she shares her practical experience related to this topic.  This CoP is designed to continue to lay a foundation for the remaining sessions and for your upcoming application to the ICRC-S’s 2016 Research Training Institute.

Speakers:

Jane Pearson, Ph.D., chairs the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Suicide Research Consortium. She is the Associate Director for Preventive Interventions in the Division of Services and Intervention Research, and she is currently leading the staffing for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Research Prioritization Task Force.

Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization.

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Title: You Know a Tree by Its Fruit: Collaborative Research Projects in Suicide Prevention

This second community of practice (CoP) session in the ICRC-S 2015-16 series will focus on initiating and developing suicide prevention research collaborations. Get ready and stay ready for successful research partnerships by reviewing purposes, principles and practices – topics that lay a foundation for remaining CoP sessions and for your upcoming application to the ICRC-S’s 2016 Research Training Institute.

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Ann Marie White, EdD is Director of the Office of Mental Health Promotion (OMHP) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She leads department-level change initiatives to deepen Psychiatry's community engagement via service, education and research. OMHP oversees community, consumer and diversity affairs for Psychiatry faculty and staff. Dr. White directs local and national training activities in collaborative research to infuse scientific inquiries with mental health-related policy and program activities of communities. She promotes mental health supporting behaviors, services utilization and mental illness prevention strategies within community-based settings. She conducts multimedia education to develop civic engagement among youth and young adults from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. Her research interests focus on successful transitions into adulthood.

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Date: September 18th, 2015 2:00pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

Description: During the first meeting of the Planning a Collaborative Research Project Community of Practice (CoP), participants will learn about the goals and expectations for the CoP, be introduced to the case studies the CoP will explore, learn more about the 2016 RTI and receive the call for applications.

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RTI Call For Application and Response Form

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On Friday, August 14, 2015, ICRC-S hosted "Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media," with speakers Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, M.D., Ph.D., M.M.Sc. and Benedikt Till, D.Sc. Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional to online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide. In this webinar, the presenters focused on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences. Furthermore, they presented findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.

 
 
About Our Presenters
Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, M.D., Ph.D., M.M.Sc. is Associate Professor and Head of the Suicide Research Unit of the Institute of Social Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He is co-chair of the IASP Media & Suicide Task Force, Co-chair of National Representatives to IASP, and the founding chairman of the interdisciplinary Austrian science platform Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research. In this role, he was awarded with the Erwin Ringel Award (Austrian Society for Suicide Prevention) and Hans Rost Award (German Association for Suicide Prevention) for the description of a suicide-protective Papageno effect of media portayals of coping with adverse circumstances. Dr. Niederkrotenthaler is principal investigator in several projects related to media and suicide and has so far written 65 scientific and educational publications in the area of suicide prevention. He is also an independent contractor in the U.S. Lifeline Crisis chat evaluation. From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Niederkrotenthaler worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, Atlanta. In addition, he served as a discussant of Aspirational Goal Number 10 Increasing help-seeking and referrals for at-risk individuals by decreasing stigma in the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's Research Prioritization Task Force.
 
Benedikt Till, D.Sc. is an Assistant Professor in the Suicide Research Unit, Institute of Social Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He has a doctoral degree in psychology (major: media psychology) and is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods. He is also a founding member of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research, the Austrian platform for interdisciplinary suicide research and prevention. Dr. Till works in the field of media psychology, health communication and suicide research. He has conducted several investigations in the topic area of media and suicide and is author of numerous publications on the role of the mass media in suicidality and suicidal behavior. In 2011, he was the winner of the Star Award of the International Academy of Suicide Research for the best research paper published on suicide by a young researcher. Dr. Till is currently involved in a three-year project investigating the representations and effects of suicide-related websites on Internet users.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time ICRC-S presented “Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Criminal Justice Systems,” with speakers Dr. Marc Swogger of the University of Rochester and Dr. Robert Canning of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Incarceration has been identified as a risk factor for suicide and studies have shown that suicide is significantly higher among people that have had contact with the criminal justice system, even if they were never convicted or served time. In this webinar, Dr. Swogger spoke about psychopathy in relation to substance use treatment, violenceoverall psychopathology, and suicidality in forensic populations. Dr. Canning moderated the webinar and discussed issues of conducting research in prisons.       

Corrections

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time the ICRC-S hosted the webinar"Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Faith-Based Communities" with speakers Dr. Sherry Molock of George Washington University and Rev. Phyllis Jackson of the Rochester, New York area. Faith communities can work to prevent suicide by enhancing many of the activities that are already central to their mission.   Dr. Molock shared her research on depression and suicidal behaviors in African Americans and the role of faith in healing.   Rev. Jackson talked about her experiences in implementing health ministries as a foundation for suicide prevention. This session was moderated by Dr. Ann Marie White of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

About Our Presenters

Reverend Sherry Davis Molock, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Molock graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 1979, earned a master's degree (1981) and a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology (1985) from the University of Maryland, College Park. In May 2000, she graduated with honors with a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University. Dr. Molock teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in the field of clinical psychology and conducts research on depression and suicidal behaviors in African Americans. Dr. Molock is currently developing HIV and suicide prevention programs for youth in African American churches.  Her work has appeared in a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Black Psychology, the Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and the American Psychologist.  She has served on a number of local and national boards, including Adoptive Families of America, the National Organization of People of Color against Suicide (NOPCAS) and the American Association of Suicidology.  She also serves as a grant reviewer for NIMH, NIDA, and SAMHSA.  Dr. Molock and her husband, Guy Molock, Jr., are the founding pastors of the Beloved Community Church in Accokeek, Maryland.

Reverend Phyllis D. Jackson, R.N., B.S. is a registered nurse, an ordained minister, and Pastor at Joint Heirs Kingdom Ministries in Rochester, New York. She is a community engagement specialist at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. A focus of her work is engaging faith communities and the community at large around health issues such as cardiovascular health and social determinants.  She is founder and CEO of His Hands Free Community Outreach Center at Grace United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jackson is a founder of the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition (IHMC).  IHMC's mission is to establish the truth that health is a spiritual issue, and to promote health and wholeness of mind, body and spirit.  She has been a lead partner of the Renewing of the Mind workshop series that aims to advance awareness of mental health and to support mental health ministries in faith settings. She is certified in gerontology and in HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and education. She is a certified diversity trainer.  She sits on several boards and serves a variety of local agencies, advising these entities around various topics of health improvement. For instance, she is a member of the African American Health Coalition, as well as the Latino Health Coalition of the Greater Rochester Area.  She works on the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.  She volunteers with the National Kidney Association and works with her local Scleroderma Foundation.  Rev. Jackson has received several community recognition awards.

Moderator:

Ann Marie White, Ed.D. is Director of the Office of Mental Health Promotion (OMHP) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She leads department-level change initiatives to deepen Psychiatry's community engagement via service, education and research.  OMHP oversees community, consumer and diversity affairs for Psychiatry faculty and staff. Dr. White directs local and national training activities in collaborative research to infuse scientific inquiries with mental health-related policy and program activities of communities. She promotes mental health supporting behaviors, services utilization and mental illness prevention strategies within community-based settings.  She conducts multimedia education to develop civic engagement among youth and young adults from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. Her research interests focus on successful transitions into adulthood. Her 10+ years of research experiences in developmental psychology emphasized the role of community settings such as childcare, arts centers and after-school programs in the development of children and adolescents.

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On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time the ICRC-S conducted the webinar "Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Schools," with speakers Holly Wilcox, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Peter Wyman, Ph.D. of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  In partnership with families and communities, our nation's schools are obvious places to identify youth at risk of suicide, and they can also play a critical role in preventing youth suicide.  The webinar speakers addressed suicide prevention research that is being conducted in schools, discuss the known impact the research has made, and identify needed research and practice going forward.  This session was moderated by Nathan Belyeu of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. 

About Our Presenters

Holly Wilcox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been involved in implementing and evaluating school-based prevention approaches, including the evaluation of the long-term impact of the Good Behavior Game intervention. Dr. Wilcox is the principal investigator of a large randomized trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the effectiveness of delivering depression education in high school health education classes on knowledge, stigma and mental health service utilization. She leads the evaluation of the State of Maryland's Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN), a Garrett Lee Smith State Youth Suicide Prevention project. Dr. Wilcox is co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers and teaches a course (Suicide as a Public Health Problem) in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also serves as a scientific advisor for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Wilcox has published extensively on the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of suicidal behaviors.

Peter Wyman, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Wyman is Director of the School and Community-Based Prevention Laboratory (Department of Psychiatry), University of Rochester School of Medicine, and on the faculty of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. His lab has an established record of NIH funding to develop and test community-based interventions with a focus on preventing behavioral and emotional problems including suicidal behavior in youth underserved by traditional mental health services. In 2013, Dr. Wyman was an expert panelist for the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and has served on the scientific advisory board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2005. Dr. Wyman also has expertise in community-partnered research and served as Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Internal Review Board of the University of Rochester from 2004 - 2008. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State. Since 2007, Dr. Wyman has been lead researcher for the Sources of Strength Program, having completed two randomized trials funded by NIMH with over 50 secondary schools in New York State, focused on underserved urban, rural, and Native American communities.

Moderator:

Nathan Belyeu is a Senior Prevention Specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). Belyeu has a wide array of experiences in creating, implementing, and evaluating youth and adult suicide prevention programs across multiple settings, including middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and community organizations. Belyeu's work has specifically focused on at risk youth with a special interest in the intersections of LGBTQ identity, family rejection, homelessness and the risk of suicide. He has served on the National Advisory Board of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center since 2013. Prior to coming to SPRC in 2014, Belyeu served as the Education Director at The Trevor Project where he created and implemented suicide prevention and awareness programs with a focus on vulnerable LGBTQ youth and young adults.

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Co-Sponsored by the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) and the University of Michigan Injury Center

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The ICRC-S presented "Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in the Workplace," on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar featured speakers Steven Stack, Ph.D. professor at Wayne State University and Director of the Center for Suicide Research and Allison Milner, Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. The presenters discussed research that is being conducted in the workplace, explaining the impact this research has had, and identifying needed research and practice going forward. Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation and the Workplace Task Force Co-Lead for the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention, moderated this session.
 
About our presenters:
 
Dr. Steven Stack is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Full Professor of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He is also Director of the Center for Suicide Research, a registered nonprofit corporation in Troy, Michigan. Dr. Stack received his PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1976. He has previously held appointments at Penn State University, Auburn University, Indiana University (Indianapolis), and Alma College. He was Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State University, 1994-2001. He has served as Secretary of the American Association of Suicidology and President of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society. He is currently on the editorial board of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and Archives of Suicide Research. Dr. Stack is the author of over 300 articles and chapters, and most of these are on risk and protective factors for suicide. His major streams of work include social correlates of suicide acceptability, the relationship between family integration and suicide, religion's protective effect on suicide, analysis of media influences (copycat suicide), musical subcultures and suicide, and occupation and suicide risk.
 
Dr. Allison Milner is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Her current areas of research include the influence of quality of work, job stress, and unemployment as determinants of mental health and suicidality. Dr. Milner's work ranges across a number of externally-funded etiologic and intervention projects. She has recently been recognized with a Young Tall Poppy Science Award for the State of Victoria, which recognizes her achievements as an outstanding young scientific researcher and communicator. Allison has an honorary appointment at the Population Health Strategic Research Centre at Deakin University.
 
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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, and survivor of her brother's suicide, and she sees the issues of suicide prevention and mental health promotion from many perspectives. Currently, she is the CEO of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, the Survivor Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology, and the Workplace Task Force Co-Lead for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Spencer-Thomas is a professional speaker and trainer, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention and has published four books on mental health. 
Suicide and Occupation

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