National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Revision/Update Task Force

This task force completed its work in 2012 with the release of a revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Click “National Strategy” in the toolbar above to learn more about this important work.

The Action Alliance has launched the NSSP Implementation Assessment Advisory Group which will develop a data-gathering process, analyze compiled data, generate and disseminate a report, and annually refine the process, based upon available resources and information needs.

Click here to review slides from the AAS presentation “Revising the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention".

Mission of the Task Force

  • Support the Executive Committee by proposing a revision to the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and supporting the review, refinement, and approval of the revised Strategy.
  • Stimulate and coordinate dialogue between a broad array of individuals and organizations to ensure that recommendations for revisions of the National Strategy reflect inputs from as many stakeholders and perspectives as possible.
  • Work toward a National Strategy that is action-oriented by structuring the revision to include early release of high priority recommendations, annual release of an action agenda designed to promote accountability, and a comprehensive statement of recommendations meant to facilitate planning and actions by both public- and private-sector stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Data and Surveillance Task Force to propose a strategy for monitoring implementation of the revised strategy, identifying barriers, and proposing mechanisms for overcoming them.

Twelve Month Objectives

  • Develop high priority recommendations in the National Strategy domains of public awareness, community programs, clinical services, and research/surveillance.
  • Establish processes and structures for generating an actionable Action Agenda to be developed and released each year in a form that allows accountability.
  • Draft a proposal for the initial year’s Action Agenda.
  • Develop a draft for review and comment of a comprehensive series of recommendations.


  • Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW—Co-Lead Private Sector, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA—Co-Lead Public Sector, Surgeon General, Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Carl Bell, MD, President & CEO, Community Mental Health Council; and Director, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brian Boon, PhD, President & CEO, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Eric Caine, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Brian Dyak, President & CEO, Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
  • Jim Galloway, MD, FACO, FACC, Assistant Surgeon General and Regional Health Administrator, Surgeon General’s Office, Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael Hogan, PhD, Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions LLC
  • John (Jack) R. Jordan, PhD, Founder and Director, Family Loss Project
  • Ira Katz, MD, PhD, Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Melvin A. Kohn, MD, MPH, Director and State Health Officer, Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Richard Ramsay, MSW, RSW, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Daniel J. Reidenberg, PsyD, FAPA, Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
  • Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
  • Morton Silverman, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Eduardo Vega, MA, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of San Francisco