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Third Annual Meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide

Meeting Summary
Washington, DC

Sponsored by:
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

In July 2007, NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA co-sponsored a meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide. Representatives attended from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the University of Pittsburgh Medical College, the University of Michigan Medical Center, VISN 19 Veterans Administration Medical Center in Denver, the Veteran's Administration, and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Investigators and practitioners funded by IHS described their efforts at implementing and evaluating an intervention, delivered by a paraprofessional, to screen and refer White Mountain Apache members at risk for suicide. Primary investigators from the Centers provided progress updates on an AFSP-funded pilot project testing a common protocol for identifying individuals who attempted and sought care in psychiatric emergency rooms at the hospitals affiliated with each of the three Centers. For more information, please contact Jane Pearson at jp36u@nih.gov.