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988: What’s The Scoop? A Discussion With Experts In Suicide Prevention & Mental Health

988, the three-digit dialing code developed and designed as a suicide and crisis lifeline, went live on July 16, 2022. Since Congress designated 988 in 2020, there has been a lot of excitement, confusion, and buzz around exactly what this new number means for individuals in crisis, healthcare providers, and our national and local healthcare landscapes. Experts in suicide awareness and prevention, Drs. Christine Moutier and Jonathan Singer, will describe what 988 is and is not as they sit down with PsychU’s Rachel Self in our September webinar event. Details will be provided on some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding 988, how it will impact HCPs and individuals in crisis upon rollout and in the years to come. Our experts will share insights on nationwide and state-specific efforts and gaps with respect to 988, and what this means for healthcare providers and individuals in crisis. Finally, we will highlight how 988 could evolve over time to shape our mental healthcare environment and the role healthcare providers can play to make positive changes at their local and regional levels.

Join us for an exciting and informative dialogue on the unfolding story surrounding 988 in September!


Christine Yu-Moutier

Christine Yu Moutier, MD

Esteemed psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and PsychU MDD Section Advisor.

Christine Yu Moutier is a leader in the field of suicide prevention who joined AFSP in 2013.  It is through her passion and commitment to the work that we see a lasting impact via research, education and support to communities across the U.S. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and provided multiple Congressional briefings on suicide prevention, presented to the White House, spoken at the National Academy of Sciences, she co-anchored CNN’s Finding Hope suicide prevention town hall, and has appeared as an expert in The New York TimesThe Washington PostTime magazine, The EconomistThe Atlantic, Anderson Cooper 360, the BBC, CNN, NBC and other print and television outlets. Throughout her career she has focused on training healthcare leaders, physicians, and patient groups in order to change the healthcare system’s approach to mental health, fighting stigma and optimizing care for those suffering from mental health conditions. In addition to co-founding AFSP’s San Diego Chapter, Moutier co-led a successful suicide prevention and depression awareness program for health science faculty, residents, and students, which featured AFSP’s groundbreaking Interactive Screening Program. Since earning her medical degree and training in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Moutier has been a practicing psychiatrist, professor and dean in the UCSD School of Medicine, medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, and has been clinically active with diverse patient populations, such as veterans, Asian refugee populations, as well as physicians and leaders with mental health conditions. She also served as co-investigator for the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression study (STAR*D), a large National Institute of Mental Health trial on the treatment of refractory depression. Moutier has authored articles and book chapters for publications such as the Journal of the American Medical AssociationAcademic Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical PsychiatryPsychiatric Times, Depression and AnxietyAcademic Psychiatry, and most recently co-authored Stahl’s Clinical Handbook: Suicide Prevention Edition.

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW

Esteemed author and scholar, with expertise in suicide prevention and social worker. He serves as Professor at Loyola University’s School of Social Work, is an emeritus president of the Association of Suicidology, founder & host of the Social Work podcast, as well as PsychU speaker & collaborator.

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW is a Professor of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology and coauthor of the 2015 Routledge text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention.

Jonathan is a leader in the field of suicide awareness and prevention who has been a member and former president of the American Association of Suicidology since 2005.  It is through his passion and commitment to the field of social work and suicide prevention that we see a lasting impact via education, social media, and support to communities across the U.S.

He is a two-time winner of the National Association of Social Workers Media Award (2012 and 2016). He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Fordham University, the 2017 Lucille N. Austin Scholar at Columbia University, and the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer at Weber State University.

Dr. Singer is a well-regarded international speaker who has given hundreds of continuing education workshops, keynote addresses, and presentations on youth suicide, ethics, technology, adolescent development and attachment-based family therapy in the USA, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

He is the author of over 75 publications and his research has been featured in national and international media outlets like NPR, BBC, Fox, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. His co-authored article with Arielle Sheftall and John Ackerman about the news media’s reporting on the suicide deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain won the prestigious 2019 SDX prize for research on journalism. He is an NASW Expert, Healio Psychiatry Peer Perspective Board member, and on several national youth advisory boards including Sandy Hook Promise, JED Foundation, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

A pioneer in the integration of technology and social work, Dr. Singer is an original member of the online suicide prevention social media community #SPSM, past-Treasurer for the international human services Information Technology association (http://husita.org/), co-lead for the Social Work Grand Challenge initiative “Harness Technology for Social Good” (https://grandchallengesforsocialwork.org/harness-technology-for-social-good/), and member of CSWE’s Technology Advisory Group.

Dr. Singer is the founder and host of the award-winning Social Work Podcast (www.socialworkpodcast.com), the first podcast by and for social workers. The Social Work Podcast has over 40,000 followers on social media, listeners in 208 countries and territories, and a million podcast episode downloads per year. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children and can be found on Twitter as @socworkpodcast and Facebook at facebook.com/swpodcast.

Rachel Self, PhD, MS (OPDC)

Medical Science Director, Neuroscience Field Medical Affairs

Rachel Self, PhD, MS is a Medical Science Director for Otsuka’s Neuroscience Field Medical Affairs, neuroscientist, & wellness advocate.

Speakers Christine Yu Moutier, MD and Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Speaker Rachel Self, PhD, MS is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


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