Upcoming SPRC Webinar – Saving Our Youth: How One Native Community Reduced Teen Suicide

Th Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is devoted to advancing the national strategy for suicide prevention through technical assistance, training and resource material to enhance the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. Next week, March 29, SPRC will offer a free webinar that will highlight a community-driven program that reduced suicidal ideation and attempts in youth from one Southwestern tribe. SPRC offers this session in hopes that some of the elements from the described program will be helpful for other communities who are developing similar initiatives. Please see more information about the webinar and how to register below.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Research to Practice Webinar

Saving Our Youth: How One Native Community Reduced Teen Suicide

When:  Thursday, March 29, 2012

              3:00 PM-4:30 PM Eastern Time



Patricia Serna, LISW, Executive Director, North Central Community Based Services, Inc.

Sharon Julian, Staff of the Tribal Program

Philip A. May, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico and Research Professor, University of North Carolina, Nutrition Research Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health


Opening Remarks:

Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Suicide Prevention, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Brief description

This webinar will provide an overview of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program, which was developed by and for a Native community in New Mexico.  The comprehensive, community-driven program showed significant, sustained reduction in youth suicide gestures and attempts over 13 years.  Presenters will describe three critical aspects of the program, which could be replicated in other settings:

1)       A commitment to addressing suicide as part of a system of care, with services addressing other behavioral health topics – such as family violence and substance abuse – at all levels of prevention;

2)       Active involvement from key constituencies – tribal leadership, health care providers, elders, youths, and clients – in  the design and implementation of the program to ensure that program strategies are culturally appropriate; and

3)       Flexibility in program development and implementation based on continuous evaluation and feedback from community and program staff. 


By the end of the webinar participants will:

1.       Know the key components of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program

2.       Understand how data was collected and used to improve the program

3.       Be aware of the impact the program had on the community where it was implemented

4.       Identify ways to adopt or adapt the strategies, approaches and tools of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program for use in their own communities.

Additional resources:        

  • Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program Manual: A Public Health Model for Native American Communities

Register online
Space is limited.  Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/111383896

After you register, you will receive an e-mail containing information about how to participate in the webinar. 

If you have questions, contact Tiffany Kim, SPRC Project Coordinator at 202-572-3717 or tkim@edc.org.


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