The suicide of a Buffalo, NY teen has made headlines recently, prompting an outpouring of grief and concern from celebrities, journalists, and even President Obama. When families, communities and students confront such a devastating loss, often the school becomes a source of information and support.
Our recent webinar Schools & Teen Suicide: How to Effectively Respond to Crisis and Help Prevent Future Tragedies was one of the most highly attended in our series. We were gratified, but not surprised. The issue of teen suicide is of deep concern to parents, school personnel and health professionals. As our teens attempt to navigate today’s often treacherous social environments – on line and off – professionals are looking for effective ways to identify our most vulnerable youth and ensure that they get the help they need early, before a situation worsens.
Schools & Teen Suicide: How to Effectively Respond to Crisis and Help Prevent Future Tragedies focuses on how schools can implement proven strategies to address real-time crises, avoid suicide contagion, and prevent future tragedies. It features timely information and insights from Joanne L. Harpel, Senior Director for Public Affairs and Postvention at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Marian Sheridan, Coordinator of School Health and Safety Programs in the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin School District.
The webinar is available here for viewing or downloading. Let us know your thoughts.