The New

July 08, 2016

News Type:  Director's Corner
Author:  Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, SPRC Director, Education Development Center, Inc.; Eileen Zeller, MPH, Lead Public Health Advisor, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is proud to announce the launch of its new website, which was designed to reflect the enormous progress made in the science and practice of suicide prevention since SPRC first went online in 2002. In the last 14 years, we have increased our understanding of why people die by suicide, created more effective interventions, and expanded our vision of the people and organizations that can and should be involved in suicide prevention. We have learned how to improve the systems—most notably the health care and behavioral health care systems—that are crucial to identifying and protecting people who are at risk for suicide. SPRC, supported by a strong and long-term collaborative relationship between EDC and SAMHSA, continues to be dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art prevention to Garrett Lee Smith grantees, state and community-based suicide prevention programs, health and behavioral health care providers, and our many national partners.

Eileen Zeller

The new is organized around the information and skills needed to strategically implement a comprehensive and integrated suicide prevention program in a wide variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities, faith communities, primary care and behavioral health care settings, emergency departments, workplaces, and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

The SPRC Library and the Best Practices Registry (BPR) have been consolidated into the new Resources and Programs section, which will enable visitors to more easily locate the resources (toolkits, guidelines, fact sheets, etc.) and programs that will fit their needs. Programs with evidence of effectiveness are flagged. SPRC will no longer be reviewing and listing individual programs. We will continue to add suicide prevention programs that are reviewed and listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices (NREPP) to the Resources and Programs section, and we encourage program developers to submit programs and practices to NREPP. We also will begin adding programs with evidence of effectiveness from sources such as other registries, literature reviews, and meta-analyses.

We invite you to explore the new We think that you will find the new website to be a valuable resource that reflects the progress the field of suicide prevention has made and also contributes to the progress that, together, we will make in the future.