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“Why Do Means Matter?: An introduction to reducing access to lethal means as a suicide prevention strategy”

Catherine Barber, MPA, directs the Means Matter Campaign at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center (HICRC). She led the effort to design and pilot-test a prototype for the Centers for Disease Control’s National Violent Death Reporting System and co-founded the National Center for Suicide Prevention Training (www.ncspt.org).

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD, is a physician trained in injury prevention, violence epidemiology, and health policy.  As Associate Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Dr Miller has conducted extensive research on suicide epidemiology in the US. Recent projects include the effect of firearm availability on suicide rates, public opinion and physician attitudes about the inevitability of suicide, and the efficacy of restricting access to lethal methods as a suicide prevention strategy.


CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means): A clinical training on how to counsel patients about lethal means restriction

Mark Ciocca, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Concord, New Hampshire.  Past president of the NH Psychological Association, Dr. Ciocca produced a training video for mental health providers on counseling families of suicidal youths on firearm safety.  An avid sport shooter, he has managed a community crisis intervention program, conducted numerous professional trainings, and publishes a monthly column on mental health issues. Dr. Ciocca is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Elaine Frank, MHS, former director of the Injury Prevention Program at Dartmouth, was named New Hampshire Public Citizen of 2007 by the NH Pediatric Society for her leadership in such initiatives as the NH Firearm Safety Coalition and the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly.  She co-founded the CALM training (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) which they have delivered to hundreds of providers of health, mental health, and human services.


For more information on bringing a speaker to your state, please send an email to Catherine Barber at cbarber [at] hsph.harvard.edu.