Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY

Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

aka AAS

Washington, DC

Mission

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or those touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

Ruling Year

1974

Executive Director

Ms.. Colleen Creighton

Main Address

5221 Wisconsin Ave NW Second Floor

Washington, DC 20015 USA

Keywords

suicide, suicide prevention, suicidology

EIN

95-2930701

 Number

4754328275

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Suicide is in the top 10 causes of death for adults and the 2nd leading cause of death in youth aged 15-24, far outranking homicide in each age group. This equates to losing someone every 11.7 minutes to suicide, and one suicide attempt every 28 seconds. This epidemic does not discriminate by age, race, religion, or other demographic, as suicide touches everyone. Suicide prevention as a field has only just crossed 50 years of existence through the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), focusing on research, outreach and support, informed trainings for professionals, and dissemination of adequate information to the public.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Survivors of Suicide Support Groups

Training & Accreditation

Annual Conference

National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

As the oldest suicide prevention in the United States, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is accomplishing a breadth of goals which create innovative partnerships to spread suicide prevention awareness and support to all areas of suicide prevention efforts. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.

AAS Mission Statement: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.

AAS Vision Statement: We are an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing.

Our strategies for obtaining our goals and accomplishments can be done through creating innovative partnerships, supporting grassroots efforts in suicide prevention, and increasing the visibility of suicide prevention issues in the greater media. Through our work with other national non-profits and government agencies, we have strengthened our relationships with a variety of communities touched by suicide prevention.

As in our mission statement, we accomplish these goals by directing efforts to:

• Advance Suicidology as a science; encouraging, developing and disseminating scholarly work in suicidology.
• Encourage the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors.
• Compile, develop, evaluate and disseminate accurate information about suicidal behaviors to the public.
• Foster the highest possible quality of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention to the public.
• Publicize official AAS positions on issues of public policy relating to suicide.
• Promote research and training in suicidology.

AAS is very capable of achieving the goals we have set out for ourselves. One way we can begin to support such a far-reaching community by developing a supportive Central Office team, joined by our Executive Director Colleen Creighton in 2017, and our new Communications Coordinator Chris Maxwell at the beginning of 2018. Along with an involved Board of Directors, AAS has a winning combination for outreach, support, and innovation to a variety of members and communities we serve. We are focused on putting forth all of our efforts to effectively change suicide rates and help better inform policies around it.

The goal of suicide prevention can be best defined by AAS' mission statement: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. Involvement in the field of suicide prevention reaches all varieties , identified by AAS' membership divisions: Attempt Survivor/Lived Experience, Clinical, Crisis Centers, Loss Survivors, Research, Prevention, Students. Continued outreach through webinars, trainings, updated research, and social media postings, increases a greater recognition of the topic of suicide prevention and AAS as a provider.

AAS is the oldest suicide prevention organization in the U.S., recently celebrating 50 years of informative suicide prevention efforts, research, and support of survivors of suicide loss. The organization has made leaps and bounds in the field of suicidology research over the decades, including creating the first membership organization focused specifically on studying suicide and suicidal behavior. Through this, many innovative breakthroughs have been made, such as the development of effective treatments, more concise theories of suicidal behavior, and the movement for discussion without stigma on the topic. Part of this requires public awareness of the prevalence,
warning signs, and prevention techniques available to join in our goal.

We look forward to increasing our partnerships with other organizations for increased topic visibility, as well as reducing the overall rate of suicide. From what have learned, we need more state and federal research, a more open conversation about suicide, and opportunities for mental health help. AAS is looking forward to growing our membership base of passionate individuals and organizations who are working with us tirelessly to make a real difference in suicide as a public health issue.

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Affiliations & Memberships

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Financials

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No