April 17, 2018

Join EDC at AAS Annual Conference

EDC will participate in a variety of sessions at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Annual Conference, April 18–21, in Washington, D.C. More than 1,500 suicide prevention professionals—including advocates, health care leaders, researchers, crisis center representatives, suicide attempt survivors, and those who have survived suicide loss—are expected. This year’s conference will focus on the integration of science, experience, and political will to encourage concrete action.

EDC will host two exhibit booths (203 and 204) and participate in sessions on topics such as creating and sustaining public-private partnerships, incorporating lived experience into prevention efforts, and the Zero Suicide approach designed for clinicians in health care facilities.

Also this year, the AAS Public Policy Award will be presented to longtime EDC colleague U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), who serves on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which is managed by EDC.

“Rep. Napolitano’s commitment to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and saving lives from the tragedy of suicide in the U.S. is incredible,” said EDC Senior Vice President Jerry Reed in an AAS press statement.

The full list of EDC sessions is below.

Date and Time


EDC Staff

Wednesday, April 18

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


State Suicide Prevention Coordinators: Sustaining Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Efforts

Adam Swanson, Ashleigh Husbands

1–4:30 p.m.

Zero Suicide: Comprehensive Suicide Care in Health and Behavioral Health Care Systems

Jan Ulrich, Jennifer Myers, Julie Goldstein Grumet

6 p.m.

Suicidal Patients’ Perceptions of Nursing Care During Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment (poster session)

Kimberly H. McManama O’Brien

Thursday, April 19

1–2 p.m.

Addressing Lethal Means Access through a Novel, Public-Private Partnership Approach

Keita Franklin, Stephen Kaminski, Steve Sanetti

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Integrating and Augmenting Lived Experience in Health and Behavioral Health Settings: Strategies, Impact, and Lessons Learned in the Field

Jennifer Myers

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Use of Lived Experience Narratives in Clinical Training Programs

Kimberly H. McManama O’Brien

Friday, April 20

9:30–10:15 a.m.

Aligning Efforts in the Public Sector: The National Response to Suicide

Jerry Reed (moderator)

1–2 p.m.

Developing a Competent, Confident, Caring Workforce: Preliminary Analysis of the Zero Suicide Workforce Survey and the Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Training Evaluation

Adam Chu, Jennifer Myers, Nicole Tirone

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Crafting Your Story of Suicide Loss for the Public: Safe and Strategic Sharing

Linda Langford

2:15–3:15 p.m.

An Examination of Workforce Development Capacities and Needs among Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grantees Between 2012 and 2018

Scott Formica, Kerri Nickerson, Elly Stout (coauthors)

3:30–4:30 p.m.

New Efforts to Mobilize Faith Communities to Help Prevent Suicide: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Avery Belyeu, Kimberly Torguson, David Litts

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Qualitative Investigation of the Role of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescent Suicide Attempts

Kimberly H. McManama O’Brien

4:45–5:45 p.m.

Making Suicide Care Safer: Proposed Minimum Standards for Suicide Care in Health Care Organizations

Mike Hogan, Skip Simpson, Bart Andrews

Saturday, April 21

1–2 p.m.

Exploring and Addressing the Undercounting of Suicide in Drug-Related Deaths

Kristen Quinlan (moderator)

1–2 p.m.

The Power of Public-Private Partnerships to Prevent Suicide

Colleen Carr

1–2 p.m.

SPRC’s Effective Suicide Prevention Model in Practice: Operationalizing Sustainable Community Prevention in Wyoming and Beyond

Linda Langford


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Making our Collective Voices Louder: Unified Messaging during National Suicide Prevention Month

Kimberly Torguson