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Suicide Prevention for Educators

Risk and Protective Factors

Course Description

Some factors increase the risk of suicidal behavior in youth. It is essential that educators are aware of these risk factors and can identify them in youth. Additionally, it is crucial to understand that risk factors do not necessarily mean that one may engage in suicidal behaviors.

What You’ll Learn

Participants will be able to identify various behavioral, family, and environmental risk factors for youth suicide.

Participants will be able to identify various behavioral, family/social support, and school protective factors for youth suicide.

Participants will be able to describe the relationship between bullying and youth suicide.

Learning Assests


Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior Director of Research, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University; Executive Board, Prevent Suicide PA, Philadelphia, PA

Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D

Clinical Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Author of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention

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