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New 'Research Agenda For Suicide Prevention' released

from AAGP

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Institutes of Health has announced that the finalized document — "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives" — is available for download online at The Agenda outlines 30 research pathways that could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the United States. In addition to input from a Stakeholder Survey, the Agenda also was developed based on a literature review, portfolio analysis, mapping of the burden of suicide, and input from over 70 researchers in the field who examined what research areas show the most promise in reducing the suicide rates in the United States. The goal is for this Agenda to be used by funding organizations to help guide them in their funding decisions, as well as the researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future. Family members, policymakers, and other interested individuals are encouraged to use the Agenda to help advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.

To ensure issues related to older adults were included in the agenda, the AAGP Research Committee provided input to the Task Force’s deliberations in April 2012. In its letter, AAGP pointed out the values of models of care and research methodologies related to the elderly. See AAGP’s letter online at more

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