NATIONAL STOP A SUICIDE TODAY TOWN HALL

NATIONAL STOP A SUICIDE TODAY TOWN HALL

October 21, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (ET)

A Virtual Town Hall

Suicide: Why, Who, and What to Do

The National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall took place on October 21st, 2020. The event was hosted by Stop A Suicide Today in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and McLean Hospital. The full schedule is below.

Why the National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall?

Nearly 50,000 people die from suicide in America each year. The suicide rate has increased 35% over the last two decades. Through research, we know that suicide can be prevented through science-informed strategies and through actions we can all take to safeguard our mental health.

The National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall addresses the rising suicide rate in our country. Experts discuss why people die by suicide, who is at risk, and the importance of connection and self-care as we navigate the uncertainties we all feel from the Covid-19 pandemic. By viewing the town hall, you will learn about how we all can help safeguard our mental health and support others in our life who may be struggling. We have learned through research about the complexities of suicide, risks and warning signs to watch for, and how to have a conversation with loved ones to help prevent suicide.

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

The partner organizations/associations listed below provide additional information and resources regarding help-seeking, support, and treatment options.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
www.save.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

American Psychiatric Association
www.psychiatry.org

Crisis Text Line
www.crisistextline.com

Samaritans, Inc.
www.samaritanshope.org

The Jed Foundation
www.jedfoundation.org

Kyle Ambrogi Foundation
www.kyleambrogifoundation.org

McLean Hospital
www.mclean.org

Warm Springs Prevention Program
www.warmsprings-nsn.gov

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org

Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
www.masspreventssuicide.org

Concern Hotline
www.concernhotline.org

Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital
www.ynhh.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester, Inc.
www.namiwestchester.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Wisconsin Chapter
www.afsp.org/chapter/wisconsin

Stop A Suicide Today
www.stopasuicide.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wisconsin
www.namiwisconsin.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Louisiana
www.namilouisiana.org

UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital
www.uwhealth.org

Zero Suicide Initiative
www.zerosuicide.edc.org

ViewPoint Health
www.myviewpointhealth.org

Elyssa’s Mission
www.elyssasmission.org

Life Assisting Fellowship Corporation
www.lifeassistingfellowship.org

Jefferson Health
www.jeffersonhealth.org

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine
www.med.stanford.edu/psychiatry.html

Mindwise Innovations
www.mindwise.org

Concho Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition
www.facebook.com/ConchoValleySuicidePreventionCoalition

Tune into Life
www.tuneintolife.org

Vibrant Emotional Health
www.mhaofnyc.org

SMI Adviser
www.smiadviser.org

Will to Live Foundation
www.will-to-live.org

Connor’s Climb Foundation
www.connorsclimb.org

Washington County Zero Suicide Program (RI)
www.sprc.org/grantees/south-county

Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
www.psychiatry-mps.org

Suicide Prevention Washington
www.facebook.com/Suicide-Prevention-Washington-105483034205977

Riverside County – Department of Public Health
www.rivcoph.org

Zero Attempts
www.zeroattempts.org

Lotus Educational Services, Inc.
www.lotuseducationalservices.com

Keep Going – The Movement, Inc.
www.keepgoing-themovement.com

Detox Local
www.detoxlocal.com

The Summit Wellness Group
www.thesummitwellnessgroup.com

 

Additional Resources

https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/suicide-prevention-awareness-month

https://www.bark.us/blog/top-10-suicide-prevention-resources/

https://www.samhsa.gov/childrens-awareness-day/event/resources-suicide-prevention

https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/North_America/

https://afsp.org/suicide-prevention-resources

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/suicide-resource-guide

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

https://themighty.com/suicide-prevention-resources/

https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Conditions-and-Treatments/Mental-Health/Suicide-Prevention/Resources

https://youth.gov/youth-topics/youth-suicide-prevention

https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/mental-health-resources/suicide-prevention-month

TOWN HALL SCHEDULE 

SESSION 1

Welcome Remarks
Introduction
CHRISTINE MOUTIER, M.D.   (01:00-02:47)
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall

Understanding Suicide
JILL HARKAVY-FRIEDMAN, Ph.D.  (02:55-17:10)
VP of Research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide: Basic Facts
ROSS BALDESSARINI, M.D.  (17:26-32:34)
Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School
Director, International Consortium for Mood & Psychotic Disorders Research, McLean Hospital

The Impact of COVID-19
CHRISTINE MOUTIER, M.D.  (32:54-50:02)
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall

Q & A
TRISTAN GORRINDO, M.D.  (50:05-53:32)
Deputy Medical Director and Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall

 

SESSION 2 

Finding Hope and Breaking Down Stigma
KIM MCKEWON  (54:54-1:06)
SP Advocate, San Diego, CA. 

Safety Planning: What It Is and How It Can Save a Life
BARBARA STANLEY, Ph.D.  (1:06-1:26)
Professor of Medical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Suicide and Special Populations
TAMI BENTON, M.D.  (1:26-1:39)
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Executive Director and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Frederick H. Allen Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Q & A
CHRISTINE MOUTIER, M.D. (1:39-1:45)
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall

 

SESSION 3 

Recovery, Self-Care, and Treatment
TARYN HIATT  (1:46-1:57)
Area Director Utah/Nevada, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Treatment Works!
JEFFREY GELLER, M.D., M.P.H.  (1:58-2:09)
President, American Psychiatric Association
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dispelling Myths, Identification of Risk, and Action Steps
DOUGLAS G. JACOBS, M.D.  (2:09-2:25)
Medical Director and Founder, Stop A Suicide Today
Staff Psychiatrist, McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall

Q & A
DOUGLAS JACOBS, M.D.  (2:25-2:29)

Concluding Remarks
DOUGLAS G. JACOBS, M.D.  (2:29-2:35)

What does this FREE virtual event offer?

  • Up-to-date information about suicide prevention, hosted and moderated by experts in the field. The town hall will also include speakers who have struggled in the past and share their stories of hope, healing, and recovery.
  • Opportunity for the public to ask questions.
  • Access to educational and treatment resources targeted to the general public, available through partner organizations’ and collaborators’ websites.

The virtual town hall and other resources are available on the Stop A Suicide Today website and on our partners’ websites. Again, the link to the recorded event is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VFfgLZwcUQ.

Leadership Team

Tristan Gorrindo, M.D.
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall
Deputy Medical Director and Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association

Douglas Jacobs, M.D.
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall
Medical Director and Founder, Stop A Suicide Today

Staff Psychiatrist, McLean Hospital 

Christine Moutier, M.D.
Co-Director, National Stop A Suicide Today Town Hall
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention