The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.
We accomplish this mission by directing efforts to:
â€¢ Advance Suicidology as a science; encouraging, developing and disseminating scholarly work in suicidology.
â€¢ Encourage the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors.
â€¢ Compile, develop, evaluate and disseminate accurate information about suicidal behaviors to the public.
â€¢ Foster the highest possible quality of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention to the public.
â€¢ Publicize official AAS positions on issues of public policy relating to suicide.
â€¢ Promote research and training in suicidology.
In January 1995, AAS moved its Central Office to Washington, DC after 14 years in Denver, CO. With that move and appointment of Dr. Alan L. Berman to be Executive Director, a renewed commitment toward intellectual and proactive leadership was made by the Board of Directors.
An active program of externally supported research and prevention programming has begun and complements AAS's on-going investment in setting standards for and upgrading the skills and understandings of those who work with at-risk individuals.
With suicide a constant reality with no boundaries in our society, it touches the old and young, rich and poor. Regardless of race, religion, or gender we all are impacted in some way by suicide. Our goal is not to eradicate suicide, but to impact, one by one, the lives of those who are or may yet be suicidal.
Under the leadership of AAS executive Director, Dr. Michelle M. Cornette, through better research, education, prevention programs, and treatment the American Association of Suicidology has pledged itself to a mission of understanding and preventing suicide as a means of promoting human well-being.
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