Day 2 Morning Keynote: Changing the Direction of Suicide Prevention: Why are We Failing to Reduce the Rate of Suicide in the U.S. and What Do We Need to Do to Get It Right?


 Alan L. Berman, PhD,  is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, former Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology, past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, former director of the National Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Washington School of Psychiatry.


The rate of suicide in the US has increased in the last two decades in spite of significant national and state prevention efforts. This presentation will highlight evidence-based approaches toward suicide prevention, challenges and barriers to their implementation, and recommendations for systemic changes in our approaches to successfully achieve lowered suicide rates in coming years.

Learning objectives:

1) Are able to understand state and national data documenting increased rates of suicide.

2) Are able to identify comprehensive and integrated systems to prevent suicide.

3) Are able to identify evidence-based approaches to reducing the burden of suicide.

4) Are able to list multiple ways to change the direction of suicide prevention efforts.