Suicide Prevention Webinars

Care Transitions: The Role of Connectedness in Preventing Suicide

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 1:30 - 3:00 pm. ET

The transition from inpatient to outpatient behavioral health care is a critical time for patients with a history of suicide risk—as well as for the health care systems and providers who serve them. According to research, in the month after patients leave inpatient psychiatric care, their suicide death rate is 300 times higher in the first week and 200 times higher in the first month than the general population, but nearly a third of them do not make it to outpatient care in this time frame. However, when health care providers work together to build connectedness across care settings, encourage involvement by family and community supports, and minimize care gaps, more lives can be saved.


During this free, 90-minute webinar, participants will:

Panelists for the webinar include:

  • Karen Johnson, MSW, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services and Division Compliance Officer, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services, Inc.

  • Dr. Richard McKeon, Chief Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Shelby Rowe, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Careers

  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management, Centerstone

For more information about the Action Alliance's work around care transitions, visit SuicideCareTransitions.org.

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Suicide Research Priorities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday 29th July 2020 - 7:00 - 8:00 am EST

During this webinar there will be four 5-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes Q&A and 30-minute panel discussion with audience participation via polling.

Talks will cover:

  • Key research questions to inform prevention with examples of planned and ongoing research,

  • Considerations for research during the COVID-19 pandemic: e.g. safety; rapid communications of reliable findings; ethical considerations; media communications,

  • The International COVlD-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration and its collaboration with partner organisations IASP, WHO etc.

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