Nation’s Public-Private Partnership for Suicide Prevention’s Press Call to Address Crisis Services and Response – AUDIO

Leading crisis services and suicide prevention experts convene in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

April 30, 2020 – The news media play a critical role in providing accurate, reliable information to the public in the wake of a pandemic, like COVID-19. The information journalists provide can help keep Americans safe and healthy—physically, emotionally, and mentally—both during and after a public health crisis. All Americans need to be equipped with the tools and resources to prevent a mental health or suicidal crisis. In addition, as physical distancing mandates have changed how some crisis services are accessed, it’s important for Americans who are experiencing mental health and suicidal crises to know where they can turn to get the help they need and deserve.

To assist journalists in generating stories highlighting prevention tools and resources, as well as how to access crisis services, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) hosted a media call for reporters and provided the following information:

  • access to some of the nation’s leading subject matter experts in the crisis services and suicide prevention space;
  • story ideas for developing coverage that is accurate and continues to promote help-seeking; and
  • guidance about reporting on suicide and mental health to ensure stories follow best practices.

The media call featured the following experts:

  • Ms. Colleen Carr, Director, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Education Development Center
  • Mr. Travis Atkinson, President, Crisis Residential Association and Consultant, TBD Solutions LLC
  • Dr. John Draper, Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Ms. Becky Stoll, Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management, Centerstone


Below are some additional links to the resources that were referenced in the press call:

  • Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide – national best practices, developed in collaboration with leading suicide prevention experts/organizations
  • Reporting on Suicide During the COVID-19 Pandemic – a best practices resource specifically speaks to reporting on suicide during the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19 (National Response) – a first-of-its-kind effort launched by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention that brings together major federal agencies and private sector groups to collectively address the short-term and long-term mental health consequences of this pandemic
  • Crisis Services Resources:
  • Safe Space – a new online interactive tool that provides evidence-based self-help education and resources for people looking for extra support
  • BeThe1To – an online campaign providing tools and resources for those whose friends or loved ones may be experiencing a mental health crisis

In addition, please take a look at our recent press release announcing the launch of the National Response effort, which is being led by Dr. Joshua Gordon, director of NIMH, and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum.

For more information about reporting on suicide, visit

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