Areas of Focus

Suicide Prevention

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has unique expertise in the field of suicide prevention. From funded exploratory studies to educational training events, we are working to find ways to prevent suicide across populations. Below you’ll find links to more information about our work in this area, as well as a listing of members doing work or interested in this area. We invite you to explore and join us as we move forward to advance research and prevention.

Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed this technical package for states and communities on suicide prevention to provide a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent and reduce this public health concern.

The Science of Suicide Prevention: New Strategies for Understanding and Intervening

The U-M IPC Suicide Prevention Virtual Summit held March 16, 2021, drew 1,560 attendees joining throughout the day from all 50 states and 86 countries. We heard from IPC faculty and other leaders in suicide injury prevention research and from 20 abstract presenters spread worldwide.

Suicide-Related News & Events


Second Annual Suicide Research Symposium

The second annual Suicide Research Symposium, a free online conference, will take place April 26-28,…


The Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide, Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow

Kevin’s Song is a charitable organization dedicated to generating public awareness about the causes of…


SAVE the DATE: Safety 2022 – 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion: Postponed to November 27-30, 2022

Injury prevention and safety promotion is a maturing area. It involves many disciplines and interest…



New Visual Abstract: Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students: A Randomized Controlled Intervention Trial

New Visual Abstract: Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students: A Randomized Controlled Intervention…


U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter April 2022

This month’s highlights include new IPV-focused visual abstracts in the areas of alcohol-involved overdose deaths…


U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter February/March 2022

This month’s highlights include a new opioid overdose surveillance toolkit; new IFIP funding and fellowships;…


Suicide Prevention Information & Tools


Video with Resources for Mental Health during COVID-19

The U-M IPC is sharing evidence-based resources through video that includes ways to identify increased stress and anxiety, recommendations for reducing it, and numbers to call/text in a crisis. These crisis resources are available for discussing not just suicide, but any distress or crisis you are coping with. You can also call or text these lines to get information about how to help others.


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Massive Open Online Course–Suicide Prevention Section

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center offers a massive open online course, available for free here. After completing the section on suicide prevention, learners will be able to:

  • Review the scope of the problem of suicide attempts and suicide among youth
  • Identify risk factors for youth suicide attempts and suicide
  • Summarize universal suicide risk screening strategies and tools
  • Evaluate prevention and intervention strategies for youth suicide
  • Appraise suicide prevention resources for youth, parents, clinical providers, and prevention specialists

Summary of an Evidence-Based Youth Suicide Prevention Program-Screening in Health Care Settings 

This handout explains the problem of youth suicide in the United States, and describes an evidence-based solution for screening in health care settings, with evidence for the program’s effectiveness.

Cost of Fatal Injuries in Michigan

This document describes the cost of fatal injuries in Michigan and the implications for public health practice.

Funded Research Projects Focused on Suicide Prevention

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on suicide prevention. Peruse the projects listed below.

Core Faculty and Practitioners with Suicide Prevention Expertise




Please click on a faculty/practitioner’s name to access their full profile with research interests and funded projects.

Cheryl King, PhD
Suicide Content Lead


Core Faculty and Practitioners with Suicide Prevention Expertise

Jennifer Johnson

Professor and C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Flint, MI

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Courtney Bagge

Research Investigator, Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, MI

Shervin Assari

Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

Steven Stack

Professor, Criminal Justice, Wayne State University

Lisa Wexler

Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

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Lisa Fedina

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Michigan

Mark A. Ilgen

Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan

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Frederic C. Blow

Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

Cheryl King

Suicide Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

Kipling (Kip) Bohnert

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University

Ewa K. Czyz

Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

Members with interest/Expertise in Suicide Prevention

  • Abdellahi El Moustapha
  • Adam Horwitz, PhD
    University of Michigan Medical School
  • Alexandra Yolanda Bravo Schroth, BS
    University of Piura
  • Alexis Costley, BS
    The Legacy Center for Community Success
  • Allyson Berthiaume
  • Amelia Mueller-Williams, MPH, MSW
    University of California Los Angeles
  • Andrea Chilcote, MS
    Wayne State University
  • Anna Reeve, MSW
    Metro Health Hospital
  • Annise Wassman, EdS
    Mesa Public Schools
  • Ashley Rapp
    School of Public Health
  • Ashley Seabolt, LPC
  • Autumn Rae Florimbio, PhD
    University of Michigan
  • Benita Arokiaraj, MPH
    Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • Bertrand Berger, PhD
    VA Medical Center
  • Brandon Bond, BA
    University of Michigan
  • Breann Edwards, BS
    University of Michigan
  • Caitlin Brauer, MSW
    FairSky Foundation
  • Carla Knighton, AA
  • Carmen Butcher-Houston, MSW
    Legacy/Sums Guidance & Therapy
  • Carrie Morken, BA
    Health Connect America
  • Carrie Musolf
    University of Michigan
  • Cecil Edward Byrnes
    Marlette & Sanilac Ambulance Services / Marlette Fire Department
  • Charlotte Burnett
    University of Michigan
  • Chastity Flint, BSN, RN
    Driscoll Health Plan
  • Chelsea Booth, PhD
    Zero Suicide Institute at EDC
  • Chelsea Moore, MSN
    University of Michigan
  • Christian Lumaj
    University of Michigan
  • Christina Magness, LMSW
    University of Michigan
  • Claire Arnott, BA
    Open University
  • Courtney Bagge, PhD
    University of Michigan Medical Center; VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System