Rethinking suicide prevention communications based on current research
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Describe findings from public opinion polls and other data sources demonstrating the need for a new approach to communications about suicide. List message characteristics that research finds have the potential to increase suicide risk among vulnerable individuals. Discuss research findings from literature on health communications, stigma, and other areas that serve as the basis for best practices in suicide prevention messaging.
Keyword(s): Suicide, Communication
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work at the only SAMHSA-funded national technical assistance center related to suicide prevention, specializing in communications issues. I am one leader of a national initiative to improve communications efforts addressing suicide prevention. I serve as a subject matter expert on two national communications campaigns. I previously taught a core course in health communications in the Tufts-Emerson Master's program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.