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Last fall the archives team worked with the CBS crew and assisted them with research for the cover story about a UCSF psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Motto that aired Sunday, January 19, 2020.

The segment is now online: https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs-sunday-morning/video/acicTA28khFlap7STMZnnD7M30MIgaoV/how-caring-letters-prevent-suicide/

“Jerome Motto was an American psychiatrist who conducted the first suicide prevention intervention that reduced deaths by suicide, as proven through a randomized controlled trial. The study involved mailing short letters that expressed the researchers’ interest in the recipients without pressuring them to take any action. Motto’s approach is sometimes called the “Caring Letters” model of suicide prevention.”

Dr. Motto was one of the first advocates for the suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/LETHAL-BEAUTY-The-Advocate-2562423.php
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/10/13/jumpers

Dr. Motto papers are preserved in the archives: http://ucsfcat.library.ucsf.edu/record=b2337421~S0
and some of the redacted “caring letters” are accessible online: https://calisphere.org/collections/27370/

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