History of the Action Alliance

  • 2001: The NSSP is published. This document calls for the establishment of a public-private partnership to oversee its implementation.
  • 2006: The Moving Forward report identifies key national priorities of the NSSP.
  • 2008: The Action Alliance planning group convened.
  • 2010The Action Alliance was launched

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    • An Action Alliance Advisory Board is established.
    • The Honorable Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, is named private-sector Co-Chair and The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, is named public-sector Co-Chair.
    • The Executive Committee (EXCOM) nominating process begins.
    • Initial EXCOM members are invited to join the Action Alliance.
    • The Charting the Future of Suicide Prevention report is published, highlighting accomplishments made since 2001 and identifying emerging priorities.
    • The Action Alliance is launched on World Suicide Prevention Day and the EXCOM convenes for the first time.
    • The Action Alliance establishes six task forces (National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, Research Prioritization, Data and Surveillance, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth; Military/Veterans; American Indian/Alaska Native).
  • 2011: The Action Alliance lays a strong foundation for its work, establishes more task forces, and begins to catalyze change.
    • The Action Alliance convenes three EXCOM meetings and numerous task force meetings. 
    • The Action Alliance establishes six new task forces (Clinical Care and Intervention, Clinical Workforce Preparedness, Faith Communities, Public Awareness and Education, Workplace, and Youth in Contact with Juvenile Justice System).
    • The Action Alliance’s Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force release “Suicide Care in Systems Framework”, a report containing recommendations for every health and behavioral health plan and provider for addressing suicide prevention.
    • The Action Alliances engages the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services in conversations to integrate suicide prevention into health care reform.
    • The Action Alliance develops an improvement goal and national priorities.
    • The Action Alliance expanded its membership and established more task forces to catalyze change. The number of member organizations, many new to suicide prevention, approached 200. New task forces focused on specific populations and settings. The Action Alliance released a framework to guide health system transformation and engaged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about integration of suicide prevention into health care reform.
  • 2012: The Action Alliance establishes new task forces & releases the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
    • The Action Alliance establishes three new task forces (LGBT Populations, Suicide Attempt Survivors, and Survivors of Suicide Loss).
    • The Action Alliance publishes a revised NSSP with the Office of the Surgeon General and announced its first priorities stemming from the NSSP. The revised NSSP created a roadmap for suicide prevention in the US. The priorities were selected for their potential to produce the systems-level change necessary to substantially lower the US suicide rate and help the Action Alliance achieve its goal of saving 20,000 lives in five years.
  • 2013-2014: The Action Alliance continues to catalyze change to advance the NSSP.
    • With the release of a Zero Suicide toolkit, prioritized research agenda, and set of comprehensive juvenile justice resources, the Action Alliance continues to provide national leadership and catalyze change for suicide prevention.