Suicide is a growing threat to children and teens in the U.S. and is now the second leading cause of death in this age group. For every young person who dies by suicide, ten more seriously consider ending their lives. It is critical for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical personnel, and ministry leaders who work and care about kids and teens to have a better understanding of this complex mental health challenge and be better equipped to protect young people. This workshop will examine recent demographics and research on suicide and suicidal ideation in children, teens, and young adults. Risk and protective factors will be discussed to aid in identifying those who silently struggle, as well as the issues and challenges that have the highest correlation to suicide attempts and completion in young people. Key prevention strategies and interventions will be reviewed for participants to utilize in their practice or ministry. The workshop will specifically address high-risk populations and strategies to support underserved groups.
1. Examine the current research, including statistics, demographics, and trends for suicidal behavior in youth.
2. Describe evidence-based tools for suicide assessment, prevention, and intervention in children and teens.
3. Discuss high-risk populations and mental health and social issues that may contribute to suicide.
4. Develop key techniques for underserved populations and review best practices for suicide prevention programs with these groups.