Franklin James Cook

Suicide Prevention Action Alliance Seeks Grassroots Input

In Advocacy, Policy on July 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) invites you to participate in this survey if you are among “the grassroots network of survivors of suicide loss, suicide attempt survivors, national, state and community leaders, public and mental health providers and officials, coalition members and leaders, and researchers” involved in suicide prevention.

The survey is designed, according to Bob Gebbia, Executive Director of the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) “to assist our staff and volunteer leadership as we prepare a summary of the progress made in preventing suicides since the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention was launched in 2001.” Gebbia wrote in an email invitation to fill out the survey,

Perspectives from you … are essential to understanding the accomplishments and challenges of the suicide prevention movement. The information we collect will be used to guide the continuing development of a National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and to inform decisions on key priorities for the Action Alliance to address.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the leadership group that was called for in 2001 in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:

Objective 2.2: By 2002, establish a public/private partnership(s) (e.g., a national coordinating body) with the purpose of advancing and coordinating the implementation of the National Strategy. Leadership and collaboration are the keys to success of the National Strategy. The establishment of a public/private coordinating body will stimulate the requisite national attention to the issue. Such a body will help to ensure that suicide prevention is perceived as a national problem and the NSSP as a national plan. The partnership will help establish momentum for the plan and will provide continuity over time and legitimacy through the involvement of key groups. And finally, the coordinating body will oversee the implementation of the National Strategy.

[Editor’s note: Please respond to the survey if you’d like to add your voice to the process. It will be available online only until midnight ET on July 27. Also, please pass this URL — — along to anyone you know who is a member of the suicide prevention network described above. FJC]

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