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Equity in Suicide Prevention
Suicide is among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-24. It is also the second leading cause of death for ages 10-14 and 25-34 and has increased 30% from 2000-2018. However, not all populations are at the same risk for suicide. Suicide rates vary based on where an individual lives, their race or ethnicity, age, and other factors. Due to this variation suicide prevention requires strategies that have equity at their core. With the recent launch of 988, a new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, compounded by the large demand for mental health services it is critical that the needs of these communities are included in policy solutions.

Please join NACBHDD and Optum as we explore equity efforts in suicide prevention with federal, national, and local partners. Our expert panel will highlight timely resources.


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Jonah C. Cunningham
President & CEO @National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
Roger Barnhart, MHA, LNHA, CHW
Director of Crisis Services @Central Kansas Mental Health Center
Kathleen Ethier, PhD.
Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health @Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Corbin J. Standley, M.A.
Director of Strategic Program Planning @American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Brandon J. Johnson, MHS, MCHES,
Public Health Advisor @Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration