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Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

Dr. Maureen Monahan, PhD

Dr. Maureen Monahan, PhD

Suicide Prevention Specialist & Project Administrator
New York State Psychiatric Institute


Dr. Monahan is a Project Administrator at the Suicide Prevention– Training, Implementation & Evaluation (SP-TIE) Program at the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.

She assists in developing, disseminating, and evaluating suicide prevention programming for mental health professionals across New York State. She has extensive training in both research and the provision of evidence-based clinical interventions for suicidal and self-injurious behavior.

During her graduate training, she helped lead state-wide dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based suicide risk assessment and management practices as part of federally funded grant initiatives. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on suicide prevention, professional training, and evidence-based treatment.


The Trauma Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention in Healthcare

Dr. Maureen Monahan, PhD Suicide Prevention Specialist & Project Administrator New York State Psychiatric Institute According to recent national data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), almost 32% of high school teens experienced “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” and 17% reported having “serious suicidal thoughts” during the previous 12 months.  Though only a small percentage of teens reported making a suicide attempt requiring medical intervention during the previous year (2.4%), undetected or untreated sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts can fester. Worse, 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. Thus, 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.  Two specific suicide prevention models relevant for youth in schools, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

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