A public health approach to suicide
Psychologists working one-on-one with potentially suicidal clients are obviously important, says Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. But it's not enough, especially as overall suicide rates have failed to budge. Helping psychologists and the rest of the behavioral health workforce take a more public health approach to suicide prevention is the center's mission. Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the center works to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention by providing training, publications, a registry of best practices, a newly released research agenda and other resources for psychologists and anyone else with a stake in preventing suicides.