Establish near real-time data collection systems to promptly identify changes in rate of suicide, overdose, and other key events, and of clusters or spikes in these outcomes.
We must establish access to near real-time data on mental health and suicide to better identify, intervene, and mitigate suicide and suicidal distress. Just as real-time data is made available regarding COVID-19 infections and deaths, we need near real-time data to address the mental health and suicide-related impacts of the pandemic.
Priority 4 Calls to Action
Priority 4 is one of six strategic imperatives the National Response has identified to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic and beyond. The related Priority 4 calls to action that follow were developed by the National Response Steering Committee in order to foster a comprehensive and impactful response to the significant mental health and suicide prevention needs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Priority 4 Work Group
Priority 4 is one of six strategic imperatives the National Response has identified to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic and beyond.
The co-leaders of the multi-sector Priority 4 Work Group are:
- Dr. Richard McKeon, Chief Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Dr. Rajeev Ramchand, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Please visit this page often for progress updates and for information on how you can get involved.