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Media Advisory: NIMH Researchers Available to Discuss the Suicide Prevention Research

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What: Suicide is a major public health concern. In 2016, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people. The recent deaths of high-profile public figures and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on rising suicide rates have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. For National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the NIMH, are available for interviews on suicide prevention research, trends, and the findings and implications of recent studies.


  • Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., NIMH Director
  • Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair of the Suicide Research Consortium; Program Chief of the Adult Preventive Intervention Program, part of NIMH’s Division of Services and Intervention Research


  • National Suicide Prevention Month (September 2018)
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9-15, 2018)

For interviews, photos, or additional background information, please contact the NIMH Press Office at 301-443-4536 or

Science News on Suicide Prevention

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About the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): The mission of the NIMH  is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. For more information, visit the NIMH website.

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