Understanding Youth Suicide & Effective Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention Strategies

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4th Annual Central Valley Convening on Student Mental Health and Well-Being

March 11, 2021, 9:00 am-1:00 pm Pacific – Participants will:

  • Hear about research on the causes, consequences, and rates of youth suicide
  • Learn practical, evidence-based strategies for youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention
  • Be introduced to Central Valley and state resources for youth suicide prevention, including through the California Department of Education

Having trouble with Zoom? Please call Melissa at (510) 258-2899 or email mjosue@wested.org

Welcome & Overview of Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

9:00-9:10 am: Welcome! We’ll provide a quick overview of the event and “how-to” for using this interactive agenda. Monica Nepomuceno will discuss how the California Department of Education is committed to supporting local efforts to reduce and prevent youth suicide.

Speakers: Sergio Morales, California School-Based Health Alliance (Emcee)
Monica Nepomuceno, California Department of Education

Session: Trends, Causes, & Consequences of Youth Suicidal Behavior

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

9:10-9:45 am: This session will describe the causes, consequences, and rates of youth suicide, based on Dr. Goldman-Mellor’s research. Participants will gain insights into youth suicidality in the context of other health, mental health, and environmental risk factors.

Speaker: Dr. Sidra Goldman-Mellor, University of California, Merced

9:45-9:50 am: BREAK

Hope > Pain: What Does it Mean to Prevent Suicide?

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

9:50-10:50 am: During this session, Stan Collins will share experiences from his 20+ year career in suicide prevention. He will identify best practices for responding to deaths by suicide in a school setting, principles for identifying suicide risk among youth, and key components for supporting students to effectively and appropriately respond to suicide risk.

Speaker: Stan Collins, Suicide Prevention Consultant; Directing Change Program and Film Contest

10:50-11:00 am: BRAIN BREAK

Three Fresno-based dance and yoga instructors will lead us in movements to reduce stress and refocus attention.

Choose an Option

Option 1: Latin Dance with Jennifer Parra

Take a fun break with Latin-style beats and dance! Dancing is not only good for your body, it is also good for your mind. Take 10 minutes to come and enjoy learning a new dance and fitness routine.

Option 2: Yoga and Mantra with Destiny Walker

This session combines flow yoga with mantras and affirmations to elevate the mind and connect to the heart. Participants will leave feeling focused, more confident, and optimistic.

Option 3: Movement Meditation with Sierra Don

Join a guided meditation with simple, holistic movements focused on breath, stability, and intention. This is a moment to turn inward, reflect, and choose how you connect with yourself and the community.

Link & Call In

Latin Dance

https://wested.zoom.us/j/91750079334
1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 917 5007 9334
 
 
 

Yoga and Mantra

https://wested.zoom.us/j/96978095504 
1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 969 7809 5504
 
 
 
 

Movement Meditation

https://wested.zoom.us/j/97239850403 
1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 972 3985 0403

Fresno’s Central High School-East’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) On-Campus Club: Raising the Bar for Mental Health Awareness

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

11:00-11:30 am: The Central Grizzlies NAMI On-Campus Club raises awareness on issues related to youth mental health. This club started just a few years ago and has already gained recognition from local teachers, the Central Unified School District, and Fresno County. Learn about how this club continues to raise the bar across the region for youth mental health awareness.

Speakers: Paul Mirmingos (club advisor)
Emily Avila (club member)
Shaelynn Yang (club member)

11:30-11:35 am: Transition to Breakouts

11:35 am-12:05 pm: Breakout Sessions - CHOOSE ONE

Hinds Hospice Survivors of Suicide Loss and The LOSS Team: Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/98440343477; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 984 4034 3477

Those who have lost a loved one to suicide are at higher risk for death by suicide. The goal of the Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss and Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) programs is to provide support to survivors as a way of further preventing suicide deaths in families and communities. During this session, Candice Wilkins will describe the history of these programs and their support services and share effective strategies for suicide prevention through postvention.

Speaker: Candice Wilkins, Center for Grief and Healing at Hinds Hospice; Fresno Cares

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork: How Collaboration Can Improve Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/98240102456; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 982 4010 2456

This session will provide an overview of the Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative (Fresno Cares), which works across multiple sectors to leverage resources to prevent suicide. Participants will learn how coordinating regional resources, supports, and trainings can increase the impact of participating organizations to support youth, families, and communities.

Speakers: Ahmad Bahrami, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health; Fresno Cares
Brandy Lidbeck, Fresno Cares
Trish Small, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools; Fresno Cares

12:05-12:10 pm: Transition to Main Room

Striving for Zero: California’s Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

12:10-12:25 pm: Ashley Mills will share an overview of California’s suicide prevention plan, highlighting key state initiatives to support schools and other youth-serving entities with suicide prevention efforts, including training and resources.

Speaker: Ashley Mills, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

The Hero in Each of Us: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

12:25–12:55 pm: Participants will explore tangible next steps to build upon their current suicide prevention efforts. Stan Collins will share examples of suicide prevention in action, including from the Directing Change Program, an evidence-based program designed to engage youth and communities in mental health and suicide prevention. Most importantly, participants will walk away with a clear vision of “where to go from here.”

Speaker: Stan Collins, Suicide Prevention Consultant; Directing Change Program and Film Contest

Closing & Survey

Link & Call In: https://wested.zoom.us/j/91385773760; 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID 913 8577 3760

Speaker: Sergio Morales, California School-Based Health Alliance

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