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Suicide Prevention for Educators

School-related Epidemiology

Course Description

Teachers are inundated with professional development opportunities and requirements. It is critical that the impact of suicide on schools is clearly stated, and there are data to support that impact. It is also important to include relevant information on topics that may be related to suicide (as risk factors), such as the relationship between suicide and bullying, substance abuse, and/or sexual preference.

What You’ll Learn

Participants will be able to summarize basic facts and data on the prevalence of youth suicide nationally.

Participants will be able to describe general trends in suicidal behaviors for different age, gender, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic groups.

Participants will be able to identify risk/protective factors and warning signs for youth suicide, as portrayed through video vignettes.

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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