Trauma-Informed Suicide Prevention for Educators: Stories, Science, and Strategies
Next Week: Thursday, April 4
6-7 p.m. ET / 3-4 p.m. PT / 12-1 p.m. HT / 8-9 a.m. ChT
Join Leah Harris and Kelechi Ubozoh in exploring what a trauma-informed suicide prevention approach for educators might look like. This webinar will begin with the
perspective of a young person with lived experience of suicidal thoughts. Presenters will identify common myths and misconceptions about students and suicide, and explore the vital importance of including
students as partners in suicide prevention efforts. Examples of promising
student-led initiatives, including peer-to-peer programs and school awareness campaigns, will be provided.
Learning Objectives. Participants will:
- Identify several myths or stereotypes about suicide and students
- Explore a framework for understanding suicide prevention through a trauma-informed and healing-centered lens
- Understand the links between trauma, toxic stress, and suicide and the latest findings in neuroscience that cite connectedness as a vital protective factor
- Describe the central values of trauma-informed practice and how to apply them to suicide prevention efforts in educational settings
- Name examples of model student-led suicide prevention programs and campaigns
Open to participants of all experience and knowledge levels.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Leah Harris, MA,
is a mother, writer, and suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about trauma-informed and social justice-based approaches to suicide prevention. She serves on the consumer/survivor subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and was a member of the Attempt Survivors Task force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Ms. Harris received first prize in the 2018 Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest (American Association of Suicidology). Her story is featured in
The S Word
, a documentary about suicide.
Kelechi Ubozoh is a nationally recognized suicide prevention advocate and was featured in the SAMHSA award-winning documentary The S Word. This year her story of recovery was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Her upcoming book with co-editor L.D. Green, We've Been Too Patient (July 2019), is a collection of diverse stories of radical healing and considers the recent movement towards reform in the mental health field. She works at CalMHSA as the Tech Suite Peer and Community Engagement Manger.