The impact of suicide on community

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Suicide impacts families, schools, workplaces and whole communities. Over half of the American population personally knows someone who has died by suicide. Dr. Julie Cerel will describe her important evidence-based conceptualization that can help you think about the impact of each suicide along a continuum of exposure. She will also describe research related to effects of suicide in the workplace. She will discuss its impact on different professionals such as members of the military, first responders, mental health clinicians and crisis workers.

Learning objectives:

  1. Explain the prevalence of suicide exposure in the community

    2. Identify how exposure to suicide impacts people overall

    3. Discuss the impact of occupational suicide exposure on a variety of workers


Julie Cerel, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky (UKCOSW). She directs the Suicide Prevention & Exposure Lab at UKCOSW and currently serves as Interim Association Dean for Research. Her research focuses on suicide exposure/bereavement and she is the author of over 80 academic publications. She is currently Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology.

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