National Suicide Prevention Hotline

David W Coombs, Ph.D., MPH

David  is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Trained as a sociologist, he later obtained a master’s degree in public health with a specialization in health behavior and communication.  He has experience in the design and implementation of health promotion programs and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is also bilingual in English and Spanish, which has served many more populations in Alabama with his suicide prevention consultation and advocacy in two languages.

          David has been actively involved in suicide prevention as a researcher and service provider since 1973. Through ASPARC he is working with the Alabama Department of Public Health in carrying out gatekeeper training programs for suicide prevention with a Garrett Lee Smith grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). These programs train community members and agency personnel to identify and assist clinically depressed and potentially suicidal people.

          David has served on the Board of the QPR Institute and also has a publication record of note, including a recent peer-reviewed article with co-authors on suicide in the highly regarded Nature Journal.

          David is an avid world traveler, and has both traveled and lived with his family in France, Turkey, China, Chile, Thailand, and many more countries.  He volunteers his time at a rigorous pace to ASPARC and also the Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, his church community, prison outreach, and many other causes.