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Tuesday, September 06, 2022
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Reducing the Risk of Youth Suicide: A Discussion on Education, Prevention, and Early Intervention

During 2022 National Suicide Prevention Week, Mental Health America (MHA) will host a webinar to promote conversations and education surrounding the risk of youth suicide. Through a panel-style discussion, we will review relevant information about youth suicide in the U.S., discuss the importance of early intervention and what that looks like in practice, and hear about what organizations are doing to prevent youth suicide.

Join MHA, Vibrant, Crisis Text Line, the NPAIHB THRIVE Project, and MHA of Fredericksburg for this free, 60-minute webinar where we will:

  • Explore best practices for early intervention.
  • Discuss how to identify when a youth may be at risk for suicide or suicidal ideation.
  • Navigate how to have conversations with a young person that you may be concerned about or who has expressed thoughts of suicide.
  • Review what resources, supports, and programs are available.

This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within one week. We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available upon request after the event.

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Shairi Turner currently serves as the chief health officer at Crisis Text Line. Turner is a Stanford graduate and Harvard-trained internist and pediatrician with a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Turner has a long history in organizational transformation and served as the Deputy Secretary for Health and Interim State Surgeon General for the Florida Department of Health from 2009-2011.

Colbie Caughlan, MPH, is the project director for THRIVE, the suicide prevention project, and the Tribal Opioid Response grants at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. She also oversees two SAMHSA grants. Caughlan provides suicide and substance use disorder prevention, technical assistance, programming, and training to tribes in the Northwest. She works to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate prevention materials and resources.

Melanie Eley, MA, MHC, currently serves as program manager for training and outreach in the equity and belonging department in the corporate excellence division of Vibrant Emotional Health. As program manager, her work is to ensure training resources are accessible and executed in an equitable manner across all modalities.

Barbara Barlow is the executive director for Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Barlow has decades of advocacy experience, primarily devoted to advancing removing stigmas, improving access to mental health services, and expanding community care. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including a governmental appointment to Virginia’s Board for People with Disabilities.