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Event Summaries About Suicide Prevention

2020 NIMH Joint Alliance-Coalition for Research Progress Town Hall


Description: On October 5, 2020, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) held a virtual Town Hall to bring together the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress and the NIMH Professional Coalition for Research Progress. The meeting featured three presentations from National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff who spoke about ongoing mental health research initiatives, a brief discussion panel with these presenters, and an hour-long question-and-answer session with Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of NIMH, outlining NIMH’s new outreach approach to increase public access to mental health research, and to facilitate communication between NIMH, professional societies, and advocacy groups.

Virtual Workshop: Social Disconnection and Late-Life Suicide: Mechanisms, Treatment Targets, and Interventions


Location: Webinar

Description: On September 17 and 18, 2020, the NIMH Division of Translational Research conducted a two-day virtual workshop, “Social Disconnection and Late Life Suicide,” which brought together clinician scientists, behavioral scientists, neuroscientists, geriatric psychiatrists, epidemiologists, and implementation scientists to discuss the current state of the science on social disconnection and suicide.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of Translational Research

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


Description: In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, Dr. Jane Pearson participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event on September 5, 2019. During the event, Dr. Pearson answered questions from the public about the latest suicide prevention research.

Identifying Research Priorities for Risk Algorithms Applications in Healthcare Settings to Improve Suicide Prevention


Description: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) convened a two-day meeting with researchers and suicide prevention advocates to identify and prioritize research needs in the application of predictive modeling in suicide prevention among healthcare providers. Meeting participants aimed to discuss best practices for developing, implementing, and evaluating these predictive tools in clinical and research settings.

Identifying Research Priorities in Child Suicide Risk


Description: Presentations were delivered by experts on topics related to the epidemiology of child and adolescent suicide, studying the development of suicide risk in the context of longitudinal cohort studies, and ethical considerations related to conducting research in this area.

Sponsors: NIMH Office of the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Meeting


Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress October 2018 Meeting Summary, Agenda, and Participant List

Twitter Chat on Teen Depression


Description: On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hosted a Twitter chat on teen depression with NIMH experts, Dr. Argyris Stringaris and Dr. Ken Towbin.

Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk & Responding Effectively


Location: webcast


Experts participated in a live videocast about adolescent suicide prevention, which included techniques for early detection and management of young people at risk. Speakers included NIMH grantee David A. Brent, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh, and NIMH scientists Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D., Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Argyris Stringaris, M.D., Ph.D., MRCPsych.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)

State of Suicide Prevention in Emergency Care


Description: NIMH convened a meeting with federal and private stakeholders to review the current state of knowledge and the scope of the suicide problem in the U.S.

Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN): Workshop 3


Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut (Arctic Canada)


The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) hosted a collaborative workshop under the 2015-2017 U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The workshop focused on ways to effectively prevent suicide among Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar region.