October 14, 2011
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged
15-24. It takes a life every 15 minutes.
M. David Rudd (pictured above), noted author, award-winning
researcher, and expert in suicide prevention, visits Mount Saint
Mary College in Newburgh on Thursday, October 20, for a
presentation on the issue of suicide in American society.
His talk, “Simple Things That Save Lives: Suicide Prevention
among Friends and Families,” will be held 7 pm in Aquinas Hall Room
216. It is free and open to the public.
Rudd will describe the recognizable warning signs of suicide, as
well as a simple model for how to intervene in crises. Suicide is,
more often than not, a problem embedded in relationships.
When people are isolated and detached, treatable health problems
and emotional pain are exacerbated and compounded, sometimes to the
point of suicide. Rudd’s presentation will illustrate the roles
that everyone can play in helping those struggling to find a life
Rudd is the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral
Sciences at the University of Utah. He is a fellow of the
International Association of Suicide Research and was recently
elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National
Academies of Practice in Psychology.
Rudd is an active researcher and author of more than 170
publications, including The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide,
Treating Suicidal Behavior, and several other books on suicide. His
research has been recognized with awards both national and
“Simple Things That Save Lives” is part of Mount Saint Mary
College’s Out of the Darkness suicide prevention initiative and is
co-sponsored by Curtin Memorial Library, the Counseling Center, the
nursing department, the psychology club, and the nursing student
union at the Mount.