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As we continue ‪#‎SuicidePreventionMonth, please join +TheActionAlliance TOMORROW at 1PM ET/Noon CT for a Google Hangout on “Military and Veteran Suicide.” Hear from military suicide experts, and learn ‪#‎SuicideReporting‬ best practices.
 For more on #SuicideReporting and to sign-up, visit:
To listen to the discussion on the phone, dial 202-847-0623.

Experts to discuss front-line efforts to prevent suicide among service members and veterans

Suicide in service members and veterans, regardless of combat experience, has been the subject of increased national attention. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are risk factors for suicide, but they are only two of many factors that may increase suicide risk. Difficulty transitioning into civilian life, depression and, for those long separated from service, aging, loss of family and friends and other life transitions can also play a role.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 — during Suicide Prevention Month— the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention will convene a panel of experts from the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, along with people who have firsthand experience with suicide, to take a closer look at frontline efforts to prevent suicide and discuss how they’re supporting our nation’s heroes.

This panel affords the opportunity to report on a newsworthy discussion during Suicide Prevention Month, collect quotes from military suicide experts and gain insight on the ways federal agencies, along with community partners, are tackling the issue.

Confirmed panelists include:

CW4 Cliff Bauman,
Army National Guard, suicide survivor

Keita Franklin, Ph.D.
Director of Defense Suicide Prevention Office, U.S. Department of Defense

Col. William Sean Lee, D.Min.
Chaplain, Maryland National Guard, Partners in Care

Lillie Mells, L.C.S.W
VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Hampton, Virginia

Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Capt. Aaron Werbel, Ph.D.
Director, Midshipmen Development Center
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy

Jack Benson [Moderator]
Action Alliance EXCOM member,
Co-lead, Public Awareness and Education Task Force


Join the conversation on social media: use #SuicideReporting

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Cracked, not Broken. Listen to Kevin Hines' amazing story of survival #WSPD #Suicide #Suicideprevention

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Attention journalists:  RSVP now for this important upcoming discussion hosted by +TheActionAlliance...
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24 and that 17 percent of US high school students report they seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. In a digitally connected world — where, according to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens go online daily and 72 percent report they spend time with friends on social media — it has become critically important to devise suicide prevention tools and resources that can reach youth where they socialize: online

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 — during Suicide Prevention Month — the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention will convene a panel of leading suicide experts, youth influencers, and people with firsthand experience with suicide to discuss how social media is being used to reach teens in crisis.

This panel affords an opportunity to report on a timely discussion during Suicide Prevention Month, and will provide a convenient platform for collecting quotes from suicide prevention experts and influencers.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

David Bond, LCSW
Vice President of Programs, The Trevor Project

Max Mars
Speaking on personal experience

Chad Moses
Music and Events Coordinator, To Write Love on Her Arms

Dan Reidenberg, Ph.D.
U.S. Representative, International Association for Suicide Prevention; 
Managing Director, National Council for Suicide Prevention; 
Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Victor Schwartz, MD
Medical Director, The JED Foundation

Jack Benson [Moderator]
Action Alliance EXCOM member
Co-lead, Public Awareness and Education Task Force

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Read our latest newsletter announcement about registering for the 2015 Midwest Conference!  #MWSP2015 -

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Mark your calenders for the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference, which will be held from July 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!  #MWSP15

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"To anyone out there who’s hurting—it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength." —President Obama on signing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law: #HonoringVets

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