ICRC-S Community of Practice Webinar

September 23, 2016

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark Announcement

This webinar will include the presentations, “Opportunities for the Strategic Use of Suicide Prevention Communications” and “Sleep Disturbance and Its Relationship to Suicidal Thought and Behavior: A Cross-Cutting Risk Factor and Low Stigma Opportunity for Intervention.” In the first presentation, Elizabeth Karras, investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention and senior clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, will discuss empirical methods to inform the development and evaluation of suicide prevention messaging and present examples used to assess outcomes associated with VA-sponsored campaigns. In the second half of the webinar, Todd M. Bishop, advanced postdoctoral fellow at the VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention and affiliated research investigator with the VA VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare, will review the literature regarding relationships among sleep disturbance and suicidal thought and behavior and will discuss ongoing work in the development of interventions to simultaneously address sleep, depression, and suicide, and the importance of this work to the veteran community. The webinar will take place on September 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.