Bart Andrews, PhD, is Vice President of Clinical Practice/Evaluation at Behavioral Health Response. Dr. Andrews started at BHR as a crisis intervention clinician in 1998. Dr. Andrews has dedicated the last 17 years of this life to suicide and crisis intervention. Dr. Andrews is a person in recovery and a suicide attempt survivor. Dr. Andrews believes that the path to suicide prevention must be framed in the context of relationships, community and culture. Suicide is a community health problem, and everyone can help.
Dr. Andrews has over 20 years of experience providing behavioral health services. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He is actively involved in raising community awareness about the risk of suicide and training community members, law enforcement and other professionals in suicide assessment and intervention. He participates on several crisis and suicide related boards: serves as Vice President of the National Association of Crisis Director and Co-Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices Sub-Committee. . Dr. Andrews is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Sills (ASIST) Senior Training Coach. Through BHR, Dr. Andrews created and implemented the first suicide follow-up program in the State of Missouri, and BHR has expanded suicide follow-up care to youth and adults throughout the eastern region of Missouri.
A World Without Us
I lost my uncle to suicide at the age of 19. The last time I saw him was at Christmas. He stormed out after a family fight. I am living in a world without him. I am not alone. There are millions of suicide loss survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide. Every day, they are living a life without them. I am a suicide attempt survivor. 10 years after my uncle’s death, suicide almost took me. Like many attempt survivors, I have a glimpse of what the world would be like without me. I am grateful I am still here. Now is the time that we in the suicide prevention community need to start looking at what we each can do, individually and collectively, to change the world into a place where suicide prevention is no longer necessary, where it is part and parcel of every aspect of our community. We need to, now, start planning for a world without us.
1) Explore how our personal experiences with suicide drive our suicide prevention efforts.
2) Examine barriers to improved collaboration in suicide prevention efforts.
3) Expand concept of suicide prevention to include personal, professional and institutional realms.