Facebook "Ask the Expert" Event on Suicide Prevention
On Monday, September 10, 2012, World Suicide Prevention Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s VetoViolence Facebook page will be hosting an Ask the Expert Live Chat focused on suicide prevention! The Live Chat is scheduled for 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET at https://www.facebook.com/VetoViolence?ref=hl#!/events/278619925576273/Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 37,000 deaths each year. Apart from deaths, there are an estimated 465,000 visits to emergency departments each year for self-harm injuries. In 2008, the most recent year of available data, more than 1 million people reported making a suicide attempt.Participants from CDC:- Deb Stone, ScD, who has more than 10 years of experience in suicide prevention; and- Natalie Wilkins, PhD, whose areas of expertise include evidence-based decision making, evaluation, and suicide prevention. Participants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):- James Wright, MS, LCPC, who is a Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch, Center for Mental Health Services; and-Jennifer Cappella, MPA, who is a Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch, Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal and Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Programs.