Beyond School Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training: Trained Staff…Now What?

Conference: 2016 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Hope Across the Lifespan

Friday, May 06, 2016
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine Workshop/Presentation: B5: Beyond School Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training: Trained Staff…Now What? — A panel discussion
MODERATOR: Susan Berry, BS Ed | PANELISTS: Denise Hamlin, LCSW, Melissa McStay, LCSW & Brian Walsh, MEd Admin

Maine law (passed April 2013) requires all schools to have Gatekeeper trained staff and to provide all school personnel with suicide awareness and prevention training. This is great, but staff training is just one facet of addressing suicide issues among students and staff. Policies, protocols, student curriculum and community/youth engagement are additional components of a comprehensive school suicide prevention program. This session will offer presentations from state-level organizations and schools that will provide an overview of the aforementioned components that may be implemented in a system’s approach to suicide prevention.