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Jun 16, 2021

What do we know about the world suicide rate and the national suicide rate? What are the differences and how might they be explained? How does the role of medications help or hinder suicide prevention? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Cutler interviews Dr. Christine Moutier and Dr. Stephen Stahl on their Suicide Prevention Handbook, where they address timely questions like these and so much more.

Dr. Moutier is the Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Throughout her career she has focused on fighting stigma related to mental health and help seeking. Training healthcare leaders, physicians, and advocacy groups, Dr. Moutier has sought to change the healthcare system’s approach to mental health, in order to optimize care for those suffering from mental health conditions.

As a leader in the field of suicide prevention, Dr. Moutier joined AFSP in 2013, and has revitalized AFSP’s Education team, re-launched its Loss & Healing department, and expanded AFSP’s support to include those with lived experience of suicide.

Moutier has authored Suicide Prevention, a Stahl's series handbook, articles and book chapters for publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the LancetAcademic Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical PsychiatryDepression and Anxiety, and Academic Psychiatry.

She has testified before the U.S. Congress and spoken at the White House, she was the host of AFSP’s documentary on surviving suicide loss, The Journey, and has appeared as an expert in The New York TimesThe Washington PostTime magazine, The EconomistThe Atlantic, the BBC, NBC, CNN, and other print and television outlets.

You can follow Dr. Moutier on Twitter at @cmoutierMD.

For more information on the AFSP please visit:

With this special series, brought to you by the NEI Podcast we will address a different theme in psychopharmacology every 3 months. Each theme is split into 3 parts, with one part released each month. The second theme is treatment-resistant depression and suicide prevention.

Episodes to be released under this theme include:

Part 1: Treatment Resistant Depression and Suicide Prevention: Hot Off the Press Ketamine Guidelines with Dr. Roger McIntyre

Part 2: Shelter-In-Place During the Storm: Mental Health Consequences and Suicide Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. Roger McIntyre

Part 3: Beyond the Storm: An Update on Suicide Prevention and The Suicide Prevention Handbook with Dr. Christine Moutier

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