Suicide Trends and Prevention in New Orleans

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May 27, 2016


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
(First Floor Conference Area)

938 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, LA

About the Presentation

In 2014, New Orleans had a record-breaking 50 suicides—a dramatic increase from 27 in 2013. The RAND Corporation is currently working with the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office to identify the cause of this rise as well as specific policies that are likely to help prevent suicide. Rajeev Ramchand, senior behavioral and social scientist, will discuss how psychological autopsies help develop a broader understanding of the causes of suicide deaths in New Orleans Parish.

Psychological autopsies are one of the strongest available methods for identifying common antecedents of suicide. They are systematic post-mortem investigations comprised of interviews with key informants (e.g., next of kin or peers of the decedent) and complemented by official records (e.g., hospital or clinical case notes). In his presentation, Ramchand will offer insight into several initial findings in this area and how these findings can affect new prevention policies.

About the Speaker

Rajeev Ramchand is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. For the past decade, Ramchand has focused his research on systems-level analyses of approaches to preventing suicide and responding to suicide attempts, including in the military and in law enforcement. He has also evaluated suicide prevention social marketing campaigns and hotlines.

Ramchand received his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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