National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action (NSSP) was developed and launched in 2001 through the combined work of advocates, clinicians, researchers, and survivors around the Nation. It is the first attempt in the United States to prevent suicide through such a coordinated approach. The NSSP lays out a suicide prevention framework for action and guides development of an array of services and programs. It requires involving a variety of organizations and individuals and emphasizes coordinating resources and delivering culturally appropriate services at all levels of a public-private partnership. This promising blueprint for change is poised to guide the Nation toward a brighter future for suicide prevention. The NSSP consists of 11 goals and 68 objectives.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Leadership Announced 9/10/2010

On Friday, September 10, 2010 U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Defense Secretary Robert Gates honored World Suicide Prevention Day by launching the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Among the initial priority considerations for the newly formed committee will be updating and advancing the NSSP, developing approaches to constructively engage and educate the public, and examining ways to target high-risk populations.

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SPRC and Suicide Prevention Action Network (USA), a division of AFSP, released Charting the Future: A 2010 Progress Review of the National Strategy with Recommendations for the Decade Ahead.

This report is a high-level overview of some of the major accomplishments in suicide prevention since the release of the National Strategy in 2001, highlighting advancements in the field as well as lessons learned. The report contains 26 recommendations to better focus the nation’s suicide prevention effort over the coming decade, based on input from hundreds of suicide prevention stakeholders and interviews with key informants.

Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN, who later served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, served on the 12-member Action Alliance Planning Group which assisted in the development of the focus and scale of this work. Jason H. Padgett, MPA, MSM, served as a member of the Project Team and content expert during his previous employment at SPAN USA and prior to his work as TLC’s Project Coordinator.

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