Linking Together a Chain of Care: How Clinicians Can Prevent Suicide
An overview of the rapidly developing evidence-base for best clinical practices in suicide prevention. This webinar is suitable for a wide range of individuals working in suicide prevention spanning from those planning and implementing comprehensive suicide prevention programs across states, tribes, and communities to those managing delivery points of health and behavioral health care.
David Litts, O.D. serves as Director, Science and Policy at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and holds the position of Distinguished Scholar at Education Development Center, Inc. In this capacity, he leads a team of scientists and experts that guides the infusion of the best available science into all operational aspects of the SPRC. Additional foci are the development and dissemination of evidence-based suicide prevention policies and practices and the launch of the public-private partnership to catalyze the advancement of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Prior to this position, he served for three years as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and the US Surgeon General, managing the completion and initial dissemination of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. He has also served as Chief of Staff for the Air Force Surgeon General and first Executive Director of the Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, where he oversaw the development of a comprehensive population-based suicide prevention program covering 600,000 Air Force personnel. The program was associated with a statistically significant, 55 percent drop in the suicide rate over four years. He is the recipient of the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award and the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award.