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What We Do

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a center-without-walls that promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention through a collaborative process of research, outreach, and education.  Our goal is to draw suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and link it to complementary approaches to mental health.  We emphasize the connections between injury prevention practitioners, suicide prevention practitioners, and researchers to advance an inclusive approach to suicide prevention, focusing on:

  • Access to data to support the planning of prevention initiatives
  • The challenges of preventing suicide and suicide attempts among adults in the middle years of life
  • Intimate partner violence as one of several contextual contributors to suicidal behaviors and deaths.

The ICRC-S plans and implements:

  • An annual webinar series that explores the ways in which practitioners and researchers can work together to advance the field of suicide prevention

  • Research Training Institutes that provide an intensive 4-day learning experience for injury prevention and suicide prevention practitioners and researchers -- Each RTI is designed for injury prevention and suicide prevention practitioners and researchers to equip them with information on suicide prevention science and research methods and to give them opportunities to interact with one another as they refine and provide feedback on proposed research projects.

  • An annual virtual Community of Practice in which researchers, practitioners, and other key partners explore and share information about important and emerging topics related to collaborative research on suicide prevention -- The twin goals of each Community of Practice are: (1) translating suicide research into practice and (2) helping to create or expand collaborative suicide prevention research projects.  

The ICRC-S also conducts research projects related to suicide and suicide prevention and provides small pilot grants for selected promising research projects.