Upcoming Webinar to Announce Recommendations for Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a critical problem for youth in the juvenile justice system. An upcoming webinar, Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and Research, will describe a comprehensive set of nine new resources from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force.
In addition to outlining these new resources, the webinar will also discuss the Juvenile Justice Task Force’s research findings and recommendations for staff working with this vulnerable population, which advance from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Alarming facts from the Juvenile Justice Task Force about suicide with youth in the justice system include:

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth in confinement.
  • Over half of youth in the justice system were considering suicide.
  • One-third of youth in the justice system had a history of suicidal behavior.
  • Risk factors for suicide are often more common among youth in the juvenile justice system.

The webinar, which takes place April 17th at 1:30 p.m. EST, will be facilitated by Katherine Deal, M.P.H., deputy secretary of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and include speakers Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and Linda A. Teplin, Ph.D., vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
Register to attend the April 17th webinar.

Ashley Heinonen writes the Friday news roundup, opportunity board roundup, and contributes articles featuring information about juvenile justice reform to ReclaimingFutures.org. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University and is currently an assistant account executive for Prichard Communications.

Updated: April 02 2014