On June 27, from 9 am to 12:30 pm Central Time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be sponsoring a national suicide prevention webcast held in Chicago and at echo sites across the nation. The event will provide viewers with a wide array of information about the steps people can take in every aspect of their lives to reduce the risk of suicide not only for themselves, but among their family, friends and community.
SAMHSA is sponsoring the event in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health as part of the "75 Days of Action" initiative -- a series of activities leading up to National Suicide Awareness Day (September 10) which highlights the importance of addressing this enormous public health problem. Each year 8 million Americans have serious thoughts of suicide, and 100 Americans die from it each day -- more than double the average number of homicides.
The webcast will highlight state-of-the-art information about the National Strategy of Suicide Prevention, available tools, and resources as well as leading experts on suicide prevention.
Featured speakers include:
- U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin;
- Dr. Richard McKeon, Director of SAMHSA’s Suicide PreventionBranch;
- Jerry Reed, Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center;
- and Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.
The program will include a general panel discussion about special steps that can be taken to reduce the levels of suicide and suicide ideation among the general public and among certain communities that may be disproportionately affected by this problem.
In addition, the program will provide action sessions to discuss effective suicide prevention strategies in the following specialized environments:
- Middle and high schools,
- Colleges and universities,
- Primary care settings,
- The workplace,
- Faith-based communities,
- and Community-based organizations.
This event will be held at the Northwestern Law School’s Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago Ill., but people throughout the nation can participate by registering to attend an echo site in their community or they may view the webcast at:
For more information about the event please contact:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.