Friday, October 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention and Response: Successful Community Strategies Webinar

2014 Webinar Series - Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Region, VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy and Telling the Story: Regional Suicide Data
Speaker: Charles H. Smith, MA, PhD, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Administrator-Region VIII, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

2:20-2:40 Safe2Tell® Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – The Safe2Tell® violence prevention model was established in Colorado as a response to the Columbine High School tragedy as a way to provide every Colorado student, parent, teacher and community member a safe and anonymous way to report concerns about safety. Safe2Tell provides tangible solutions founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention are the keys to stopping school violence and saving lives.
Speaker: Susan Payne, Founding Executive Director of Safe2Tell®

2:40-3:00 Chaplains as Key Suicide Prevention Partners - The community chaplaincy program allows lay community individuals to be an active part of suicide prevention. This segment will discuss ways that community chaplains can be used in preventing suicide and postvention, increase social support for those thinking about suicide and provide additional resources in community programs.
Speaker: Micki Savelkoul, Suicide Prevention Program Director, North Dakota Department of Health

3:00-3:20 Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention: Firearm Safety – Reducing access to lethal means is a critical component of a comprehensive suicide prevention plan. It can also be a real challenge in communities that strongly value gun ownership and gun rights. Learn how Utah is working to address both of these realities.
Speaker: Kimberly Myers, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions.

Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.