Liz Sale, PhD

Suicide in Missouri: Where We Stand

Elizabeth Sale, PhD is the Evaluation Director at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at UMSL and has a 25-year history evaluating prevention programs. She has been the lead evaluator on the 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016 Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Initiatives. Dr. Sale and her research teams have developed several information briefs on suicide in Missouri that explore the demographic characteristics of those who die by suicide. She and other MIMH researchers developed a “Suicide Lifeguard” mobile app which provides information on warnings signs, help-seeking and national and local resources.

This presentation will provide statewide information on suicide, suicidal ideation and intentional self-injury. Trends in Missouri will be compared over time and to suicides nationally. Comparisons by gender, age and race/ethnicity will be presented as well as data related to the means by which individuals die by suicide.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to….

  • Better understand suicide trends in Missouri and how Missouri stacks up compared to the nation as a whole;
  • Better understand those who are at greatest risk for suicide and intentional self-injury;
  • Use this information to identify populations who should be particularly targeted for services.