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Suicide Prevention Research

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

I used to work for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH) as an intern for the duration of my public health practicum for my Master's in Public Health. I was attached to a project with the head of Clinical Risk Management involving the creation of training materials for LAC DMH clinicians in the use of a qualitative suicide screening tool know as the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).

LAC DMH was having issues with the implementation of new suicide prevention survey tools due to concerns by clinicians including patient experience and clinical workflow. While I was working for DMH, I co-authored a presentation to clinicians on proper use of suicide prevention survey tools. I had never done suicide research previously, so I prepared myself for this project by reading academic literature on suicide prevention, interviewed subject matter experts such as one of the deputy directors at Columbia University who developed the screening tool, took continuing education classes through my employer, and even earned a professional certificate in suicide prevention.


Completing this project and delivering the presentation (see below) still rank to this day as my proudest professional achievements.





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