With such a diversity of members and populations we serve, some of our Division Chairs have written about what their divisions have been accomplishing and what they hope to accomplish, and why giving to AAS and suicide prevention has a personal meaning.
We all want to see an end to suicide. This is why AAS focuses on suicide prevention every day, from every side. This Season of Giving, join in giving to AAS to make suicide prevention everyone's business.
Although the student division has formally been around for less than 5 years, students in AAS have been an important part of the organization for much longer. During the 50th annual AAS conference in 2017, senior members reflected on their start in AAS as students and the home the organization has made for them. Because of this commitment to training the next generation of those in suicide prevention, students in AAS have been extremely successful.
When my sister took her life in 2004, I was broken, scared and confused. With two small children and a full-time psychotherapy practice, feeling the brunt of the stigma of suicide, I was truly unsure that I could go on. Luckily, I learned about AAS and attended the annual conference not six months after her death. There, I met loss survivors who had come before me, who had strong shoulders for me to lean on and wise words for me to hear. By the time I flew home from the conference, I felt I had a home and a purpose, and my wounds began to heal.
If meaningful social connectedness is central to preventing suicides, is the increase in U.S. suicides related to a degradation in meaningful social connectedness in our culture? If this is true to some degree, how can the suicide prevention field devise more effective approaches for increasing meaningful social connectedness within and across communities in this country?
One of the things that beavers are best known for is their dam building. With teeth and paws and a strong tail those little engineers topple trees and stop rivers. It doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. Sometimes all it takes is a small and committed group with the right tools and resources to get the job done.
The Crisis Center Division of AAS serves to connect and mobilize crisis centers throughout the country. This dynamic group is currently working not only to refresh AAS crisis center accreditation standards but is also working to revitalize its network.
So many amazing crisis workers help heroic individuals hold on every day and the division is working to connect these centers to support the workers as they engage in this complex, life-changing work. This builds a stronger and more resilient network better prepared to help those who reach out to us for hope.
I am very excited to invite you to participate this year in Giving Tuesday on November 27th. The Clinical Division has been extremely engaged in a couple of very exciting projects this year and I would like to ask you to join me in celebrating these efforts through this year’s Giving Tuesday, which will help the AAS Clinical Division to push even further!
At the position of director for the AAS Research Division, I am devoted to the scientific study of suicide in all populations, to prevent and reduce suicide in the world.
I am a sociologist, teaching and doing research at State University of New York Buffalo State. I got involved with the AAS since 1996, and attended its annual conferences almost each year since. I started my research in suicide about that time.
At the beginning, what interested me the most was the high rates of suicide in China, especially the unusually high rates for the Chinese rural young women. I realized that it was a cultural issue, and I started my investigation about 15 years with one NIMH R03 and two NIMH R01 grants.