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NIMH Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with Dr. Jane Pearson – Suicide Prevention


September 5, 2019



In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Dr. Jane Pearson participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Dr. Pearson is the Special Advisor to the Director on Suicide Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). During the event, Dr. Pearson answered questions from the public about the latest suicide prevention research.

To view the archive of the AMA, visit 

Reddit is a collection of online message boards where people can hold discussions. The website is composed of a large number of “subreddits” focused on particular themes. The host of this AMA, for example, is the “Ask Science” subreddit (r/askscience). Through a Reddit account, you can post your thoughts or questions to the discussion page. Reddit users can also “upvote” specific comments or questions they find particularly interesting, causing them to rise to the top of the message board. In this way, the best contributions to the conversation become the most visible.