We have several ongoing committees and workgroups developing plans and initiatives critical to our mission and our members. See the list of committees below to find out more information.
Autism and Suicide
Supporting the autism community in all issues of suicide.
Crisis Supports for the Autism Community Toolkit
Autism Resource for Warning Signs of Suicide Toolkit
Chairperson – Chris Maxwell
The purpose of the AAS Communications Committee is to represent the voices of our members and the field at large when responding to current events regarding suicide, when proactively developing communications tools for suicide prevention, and in disseminating research, news, and major updates. The committee regularly reviews new resources developed by AAS and others, as well as evaluates potential partnerships with significant impact on messaging in suicide prevention.
Crisis Services Committee
Co-Chairs – Travis Atkinson & Andrew Erwin
The Crisis Services Committee represents the interests of AAS crisis providers, including crisis call centers, crisis residential programs, mobile crisis teams, and other suicide prevention practitioners. The committee has three main focuses: coordinating an annual crisis conference scheduled prior to the AAS Annual Conference; assuring strong accreditation processes for Crisis Services providers, and increasing membership while engaging current membership in meaningful communication and training.
The committee meets monthly, with subcommittees meeting monthly.
Disability and Access Committee
Chairperson – Joelle Marie Caseres Nourse
A disability and access committee serves to support AAS as an organization in the understanding of needs and circumstances particular to the disability community on issues of suicide by actively engaging those who are most immediately affected by the intersection of suicide and disability, and to disseminate such information to the AAS community at large. In addition the committee will work to provide guidance regarding present barriers to access for events, meetings and information sponsored and facilitated by the organization.
- Work with the board to develop an access policy that is flexible, efficient, achievable and beneficial for all who engage with AAS. (obviously this would be a proposal that would need to be accepted)
Actively include and engage members of the disability community in access policies, decisions and information regarding prevention particular to this community
- Contribute to recruitment and vetting of accommodation provisions and tools for events such as the annual conference, trainings and webinars, as well as access needs for each of the committees as they meet throughout the year.
- Highlight and disseminate information on disability and suicide, particularly regarding the complicated overlap of factors in suicide risk and prevention- including but not limited to: different models of disability, healthcare access and effects of inclusion policies and actions, systemic and individual experiences and treatment of those who are disabled.
Early Career Committee
Co-Chairs – Mary LeCloux and Danny Gladden
The AAS Early Career Committee was formed to enhance early career members’ professional development and create a greater sense of community. We also aspire to increase the visibility and participation of early career members within AAS leadership. The committee addresses the unique needs of early career AAS members by providing professional development opportunities for early career suicidologists, social networking events, and by connecting early career members with leaders and scholars in the AAS community.
Equity and Inclusion Committee
Consultant – Pata Suyemoto
We believe that embracing racial diversity leads to better positioning of AAS to intentionally address the disparities in mental health and suicide prevention within Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities and individuals and to educate all communities about these ongoing inequities and share strategies and experiences of resilience.
We seek to understand the rich and complex cultures of BIPOC and the ways these cultures intersect with overall mental wellness and suicide prevention.
We seek to encourage and welcome BIPOC and our white allies to support the development of culturally relevant approaches and materials in our efforts to create a society where everyone can have lives worth living.
Firearms and Suicide Committee
Supporting the mission of AAS through subject matter expertise and communications regarding the public health issues at the intersection of firearms and suicide.
Fund Development Committee
Chair: Margaret Hines
The purpose of the Fund Development Committee is to work with the AAS CEO in developing a fund development plan that includes a mix of strategies. The FDC helps the Board and CEO carry out its due diligence function related to assuring fiscal health through philanthropy and program development. FDC partners with the CEO to institutionalize the philanthropic process within the Board and its individual members, assuring a fiscally healthy organization.
Indigenous Peoples’ Committee
Leadership: Luther C. Talks , Shelby Rowe, Sadé Heart of the Hawk, Rob England
Formed to respond to the growing rates of suicide amongst the First People of the United States, the Indigenous Peoples’ Committee of the AAS will work to ensure that the good work already being done by the American Association of Suicidology, its Board of Directors, and its members intentionally reflects and responds to the needs of Federally-recognized Tribes, Native communities in both urban & rural settings and Native health and wellness centers across the nation. This committee will engage Indigenous people in the work of suicide prevention, acting to strengthen AAS’ reach into Native America, demonstrating the commitment of AAS to the dissemination of culturally-appropriate and resonant suicide prevention resources, education and messaging for Indigenous peoples across the nation.
This committee will make recommendations to the AAS Board of Directors, its Executive Director, and its conference planners of expert speakers and dignitaries who are researchers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and Tribal Leaders able to speak to the unique needs related to suicide prevention of Tribal people, and Indigenous people who live apart from their Ancestral lands.
Military and Veteran Sub-Committee
Co-chairs – Keita Franklin & Kim Ruocco
The Military and Veteran Sub-Committee will ensure the health and wellbeing of our nation’s active duty and veteran population.
Physician Suicide Awareness Committee
Co-chairs: Lois Swisher and Perry Lin
Public Health Committee
Chair – Bruce Crow
The Public Health Committee will provide national and international leadership on behalf of AAS for advancing comprehensive data-driven public health approaches to preventing suicide, other self-directed violence, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Co-chairs: Amy Brausch and Jonathan Singer
The Research Committee will develop and analyze surveys for AAS, including annual member survey, conference survey, and other surveys as conceived (e.g. workforce, member knowledge and skills, division-specific surveys, and so forth). The findings from these surveys will be shared with members, included in annual reports, used to support policy positions, AAS generated grant proposals, and so forth. Research Committee members will reflect the diversity of AAS members to ensure that survey development is rigorous and reflective of the values and perspectives of the membership at large. Therefore, any member with interest in or expertise in survey development is welcome to join.
Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force
Chairperson – Vanessa McGann
The Task Force’s vision is a world where communities and organizations provide everyone who is exposed to a suicide access to effective services and support immediately—and for as long as necessary—to decrease their risk of suicide, to strengthen their mental health, and to help them cope with grief.
Technology & Innovation
Supporting the mission of AAS by providing subject matter expertise, communications, and recommended best practices at the intersection of suicide, emerging technologies/innovations; This committee works specifically in areas of this intersection that emerge and evolve rapidly; that involve cross discipline technological consultation; and that are not well supported by traditional timeless or insight by other stakeholders in our field (such as academe).
Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Co-chairs – Dr. Jodi Frey & Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
To enroll and empower workplaces to make suicide prevention, intervention and postvention health and safety priorities.
Workplace Suicide Prevention