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Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Service Members

Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Service Members

About This Webinar:

Active-duty suicide rates have gradually been on the rise since 2011 (DoD, 2023). Through this webinar, learn how to implement evidence-based public health approaches to suicide prevention. Specific focuses include how service providers can screen for suicide risk and align service delivery for military-connected adults.

Join this webinar to review the connection between anxiety, depression, and suicide risk, and join Dr. Keita Franklin, Co-Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, as she discusses best practices for engaging with individuals who are struggling.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

1. Utilize the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale to screen for suicide risk
2. Understand the full spectrum of public health approaches for saving lives
3. Determine the connection between anxiety and depression and suicide risk
4. Understand the evidence-based approaches for engaging with military-connected adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression.


Dr. Keita Franklin
Dr. Franklin is an accomplished senior executive widely credited with revolutionizing several large-scale, national public health systems. She has focused her expertise on key wellness areas including suicide prevention, mental health, and substance abuse. Dr. Franklin has spent her 25-year career driving complex organizational and policy change in the federal sector before recently transitioning to the private sector. She has served as a senior executive in both the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs, where she was the principal advisor on all matters related to suicide prevention. As a national leader in suicide prevention, Dr. Franklin was responsible for leading a multi-disciplined team of experts in the advancement of evidence-based prevention practices for over three million active-duty members, 20 million veterans, and their families.

Dr. Franklin currently leads the mental health work within the Deloitte Government and Public Health Sector where she is engaged across all federal health accounts as well as serves as the Co-Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project. She also serves on numerous Boards and is an advocate for military communities.

Continuing education credit is available.

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