The SERA (Suicide, Education, Research and Advocacy) Collaboration is dedicated to engaging, organizing, and working with the community to increase knowledge, resources, and support structures so all are able to have access to the best postvention programs. The full SERA position paper written by Dr. Michael Sorter, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital can be viewed here.
SERA’s efforts are focused on providing programming to help support survivors and prevent suicide contagion.
- Identify and promote evidence based suicide prevention and postvention programs
- Develop resource infrastructure to respond to postvention needs
- Engage community leaders to raise awareness of these important issues
- Establish advocacy in the school and school leadership to provide the resources of time and effort to engage in prevention and postvention programs
Great News! The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. During the transition to 988, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and through online chats.