I’m Eric D. Caine, Director of the Injury Control Research Center for
Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), at the University of Rochester Medical
Center (URMC). AMA!
Hi Reddit! I’m Eric Caine and I study risk factors for suicide and ways
to prevent suicide. With colleagues in Rochester and from around the
world, I’ve investigated many factors that contribute to suicide, with a
recent focus on links to unemployment, the choice of specific methods,
and the burdens of suicide and attempted suicide involving youth and
adults in the middle years of life (20s-60s). The ICRC-S is devoted to
developing community-based public health approaches to help people
change their life trajectories so that they don’t become suicidal, or if
they do, so that they can reach out for help or accept it when offered.
These approaches complement methods that we use every day to treat
people who have survived an attempt or seriously considered killing
themselves. I participate in the National Action Alliance for Suicide
Prevention, which wrote the latest version of our national strategy to
prevent suicide and also works with the CDC, states, and local
organizations to reach out to vulnerable populations and individuals.
Since 2001 I’ve led a series of collaborative initiatives in China that
deal directly with suicide prevention, the delivery of mental health
services in developing countries, and the potential for public health
approaches to reduce injuries and prevent premature deaths. I’ll start
answering questions at 1 pm EST (10 am PST, 6 pm UTC), AMA!