Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in K-12 Schools

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According to national data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), almost 32% of high school teen’s experienced “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” and 17% reported having “serious suicidal thoughts” during the previous 12 months.

When suicidal thoughts are experienced in a context where there is ready access to lethal means (e.g., dangerous medications, firearms), it can be a deadly combination. Identifying and treating the more prevalent correlates of suicidality at an earlier stage is a sensible entry point for prevention efforts versus waiting until youth experience much more serious emotional and behavioral crises in the context of K-12 schools (Michael, 2020). Two specific suicide prevention models relevant for youth in schools, the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) program and Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) will be reviewed in detail during this workshop.

The workshop is designed to inform school mental health providers and educators on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of CAMS and CALM with students in K-12 schools.

Presenter

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her work on supporting adolescents and their families with navigating the health care and education systems in Vermont.
Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin, MS, MSW is Social Work Care Coordinator assigned full time to a OBGYN specialty care practice through a unique partnership between Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and Northwestern Medical Center.
Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW Is Team Leader for the Integrated Health Team and supports the behavioral health social workers imbedded in primary and specialty care clinics in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist & Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services.
Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC is an Adult Outpatient Clinician at Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS). LCMHS is a Designated Agency, serving Vermonter’s within the county.

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