Community Suicide Prevention Group
The Community Suicide Prevention Group, directed by Madelyn S. Gould, PhD, MPH, conducts research that targets priorities of the U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, including:
- Evaluation of suicide-prevention strategies, including telephone, chat, and text crisis services
- Continuity-of-care enhancements, post-discharge from hospitals and emergency departments (EDs)
- Youth suicide screening programs
- Suicide risk related to contagion and modeling, particularly cluster suicides and the effect of a peer’s suicide on fellow students
We primarily use epidemiological research methods in our studies. Data collection procedures include school-based surveys of general populations of high school students; self-report questionnaires completed by crisis counselors; telephone interviews with suicidal individuals; and abstraction of data from crisis chat transcripts, medical records, and national and state mortality records.
Our research findings have had a major impact on the evolution of suicide prevention strategies in both clinical and public health settings.