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Lethal Means

The group builds consensus around a national public-private sector approach to advance Goal 6 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of suicide among individuals with identified suicide risk.

Formed in 2017, the Lethal Means Stakeholder Group:

  • Serves as a national platform for promoting innovative cross-sector efforts
  • Acts as an incubator for new ideas around how to strengthen cross-sector collaboration
  • Advances key national initiatives that address lethal means through a public-private sector approach

Task Force Members


  • Jack Benson, Partner, Reingold (Private Sector)
  • Jerry Reed, PhD, Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership, Education Development Center (Private Sector)
  • Keita Franklin, PhD, Director, National Office of Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Public Sector)


  • Bill Brassard, Senior Director of Communications, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Stephanie Rogers, Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Alexander Crosby, MD, MPH, Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mark Jones, PhD, Director, Employee Assistance Program, Union Pacific
  • Stephen Kaminski, JD, CEO & Executive Director, American Association of Poison Control Centers
  • Amanda Maizel, JD, Counsel, CropLife America
  • Doreen Marshall, PhD, Vice President of Programs, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Megan McCarthy, PhD, Deputy Director, National Office of Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Elizabeth Neely, Senior Director, Reingold
  • Jane Pearson, PhD, Chair, Suicide Research Consortium, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Steve Sanetti, JD, CEO, National Shooting Sports Foundation

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