Founding Partners & Contributors

The American Association of Suicidology is the nation’s largest suicide prevention membership organization with a mission promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. They believe that “suicide prevention is everyone’s business” by advancing Suicidology as a science, encouraging the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors. foster the highest possible quality of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention to the public, and more.


United Suicide Survivors International (United Survivors) is an independent international organization that serves as a home for people who have experienced suicide loss, people who have attempted suicide or who live with suicidal intensity (i.e., thoughts or feelings), and their friends and families — collectively known as people with lived experience with suicide. United Survivors empowers people with lived experience to move from survivors to change agents by developing their ability to deliver safe and effective storytelling and to leverage their expertise for large scale change through advocacy and community engagement. One of the roles United Survivors team played in this project was to ensure the lived experience perspectives were of equal importance with other forms of knowledge.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

• Funding scientific research

• Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention

• Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention

• Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Together the collaborative partners contributed resources of funding and service for this exploratory analysis. AFSP served as the funding partner contributing $25,000 to underwrite the project. The members of the Workplace Task Force and United Survivors participated in facilitating focus groups and in-depth interviews. Staff from the Action Alliance helped with administrative support and staff from United Survivors supported the transcription of the recordings. All partners contributed subject matter expertise and partnership engagement.


Contributors

Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention Committee Members

• Chris Caulkins, MPH, MA, EdD, President and Executive Director, Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research

• Chris Carlough, Director of Education, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers

• John Coppedge, Lt. Denver Police Department

• Bernie Dyme, AM, President and CEO, Perspectives Ltd.

• Jeff Elhart, President & Owner, Elhart Automotive Campus

• Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland

• Anna Gai, Graduate Student, Florida State University

• Dennis Gillan, Advocate, Coach, Motivational Speaker

• Jeffrey Gorter, MSW/LMSW, Clinical Director, R3 Continuum

• Darcy Gruttadaro, JD, Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation

• Donna Hardaker, Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health and Peer Engagement, Sutter Health

• David James, CFO, FNF, Inc. Construction

• Mark R. Jones, PhD, Director, Employee Assistance, Union Pacific Railroad

• Marko Kaar, Director of Safety Operations, Bartlett Brainerd Eacott

• David Kingdon, Assistant Professor, Maui EMS Training Center/University of Hawaii

• Govan Martin, Chair/Board of Directors of Prevent Suicide PA

• John Marx, Executive Director of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute

• Mary McClatchey, Judge (Ret), Founder and President, WorkSmart Partners

• John Morrissey, Former Chief (Ret.), Kenosha Wisconsin Police Department

• Maggie Mortali, MPH, Director of Interactive Screening Program, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

• Felix Nater, CSC, Consultant, Nater Associates, Ltd.

• Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., President United Suicide Survivors International, Keynote Speaker and Change Agent

• Cameron Stout, CEO and Founder, Stout Heart, Inc., Principal of Stout Mediation Services; Counsel, Thurman Legal

• Bob Swanson, (Retired) President of Swanson & Youngdale, Inc.

• Michelle Walker, Vice President of Finance & Administration, Specialized Services Company

• Kyle Zimmer, Health & Safety Director and Member Assistance, International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 478)

United Suicide Survivors International Board and Staff/Supports

• Rosie Bauder, Board Member

• Heidi Bryan, Author and advocate, Treasurer

• Sarah Gaer, Board Member

• Cole Maze, Outreach Assistant

• Darice Nagy, ColdSpark Media

• Annette Shtivelband, PhD, Founder, Principal Consultant, Research Evaluation Consulting, LLC

• Sally Spencer-Thomas, President

• Rick Strait, Zero Suicide Institute Faculty, Board Member

• CW Tillman, Program Coordinator

• Tanner Thomas, Research Assistant

• Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D., Executive Director, NowMattersNow.org, Secretary

American Association of Suicidology Staff

• Chris Maxwell, Communications Coordinator

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Leadership

Alexis O’Brien, Public Relations Director

• Christine Moutier, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

• Robert Gebbia, CEO

• Maggie Mortali, Director, Interactive Screening Program