Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: How Caring Text Messages Can Prevent Suicide

For Suicide Awareness Day, Amanda Kerbrat, a research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is teaching health care providers how to implement a simple but powerful tool to prevent suicide: caring contacts. Caring contacts are messages of support to show someone you care about their well-being. This simple intervention builds on the work of Jerome Motto, a World War II soldier who became a psychiatrist and researcher. He used caring letters to conduct the first successful clinical trial to reduce suicide deaths.