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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Strategies and Interventions to Reduce Suicide: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26471.
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Appendix A

Statement of Task

A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize and host a virtual public workshop through two webinars that will explore strategies and interventions to counter the rising prevalence of suicide. The workshop will feature invited presentations and moderated discussions on topics that may include:

  • The scope of the public health problem, with a focus on patterns of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and death by suicide
  • The current data on the increasing prevalence of death by suicide, such as
    • methods of death by suicide (firearm, suffocation, poisoning, other);
    • variations in death by suicide rates across ethnic and racial groups as well as among veterans, military personnel, and other high-risk groups such as workers in certain occupations;
    • key factors related to increased risk of suicide; and
    • the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on rates of suicide
  • What is known about the effectiveness of approaches and interventions
  • to reduce harm and prevent risk of suicide
    • factors that increase resilience among vulnerable populations
    • understanding stigma and its impact on access to care
  • Policy opportunities to support, improve, and implement early interventions and expand access to care among vulnerable populations with specific needs
  • Areas where further research is needed to address gaps in evidence
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Strategies and Interventions to Reduce Suicide: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26471.
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The planning committee will develop the agenda for the workshop sessions, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Strategies and Interventions to Reduce Suicide: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26471.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Strategies and Interventions to Reduce Suicide: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26471.
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The persistent trends in suicide necessitate action among mental health care providers and payers, researchers, and community leaders. Health care settings provide an important opportunity for suicide intervention and prevention, but they cannot yet fully manage suicide risk because of a lack of training, knowledge gaps, and reimbursement challenges. School, workplace, and community-based interventions can help reduce the incidence of suicidal behavior, as can better access to care and reduced access to lethal means of suicide.

To better understand the strategies to improve access to effective interventions to prevent suicide, the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a two-part virtual public workshop, Strategies and Interventions to Reduce Suicide, on June 22, 2021, and July 28, 2021. The first webinar examined the scope of the public health problem, discussed implementation of effective approaches for suicide prevention care, and addressed known barriers to health care access. The second webinar focused on building 9-8-8, the new nationwide emergency number designated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Participants discussed current crisis systems, gaps, challenges, and needs for marginalized populations. This Proceedings of a Workshop summarizes the presentations and discussions that occurred during the workshops.

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