Interview with Suicide Prevention Resource Center Director Elly Stout

May 01, 2018, 04:08 AM

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Director Elly Stout is a public health professional with extensive experience in suicide prevention, social marketing, and health promotion with diverse populations. She works with diverse audiences, national partners, and stakeholders to support capacity building and infrastructure development in states, organisations, health systems, and communities to reduce suicide deaths and attempts across the United States. With nearly 20 years’ experience in public health, she currently directs the SAMHSA-funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the only federally funded resource center in the United States dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Her skills include strategic planning and communication, financial analysis and budget management, fundraising and donor relations, and team leadership and human resources management. Before coming to EDC, she worked domestically and internationally in HIV/AIDS prevention and maternal and child health, as well as with immigrant and refugee health programs.

She shares her key insight of what she wishes everyone working in suicide prevention know, and her best advice for people looking to get started in suicide prevention, with SPA General Manager Nikki Kelso at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference in Washington, DC, USA.

Find out more about the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at

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