Tomorrow, I'll be part of a panel at the American Association of Suicidology conference. The conference, like a lot of my work, is a place where my heart and my mind can meet and be fulfilled. It's a gathering of suicide and suicide prevention advocates, researchers, and other professionals, as well as individuals affected personally by suicide.
I'll be presenting on the topic I've been writing about here for the last couple of weeks: social media and suicide prevention.
I'm lucky to be one of many doing important work in this area. My fellow panelists are with a state organization using social media to build momentum for the suicide prevention work in one state; a tribal school using social media to stay connected to students throughout the day; and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter and has developed the much-needed online postvention manual, helping people know how to appropriately respond online after a suicide.