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

The resources below are from an event held on March 11, 2021, for Central Valley educators and co-hosted by the California School-Based Health Alliance and the Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) West.

Overview of Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts

Monica Nepomuceno discusses how the California Department of Education is committed to supporting local efforts to reduce and prevent youth suicide.

Speakers & Resources

Trends, Causes, & Consequences of Youth Suicidal Behavior

Hear the causes, consequences, and rates of youth suicide, based on Dr. Goldman-Mellor’s research. Gain insights into youth suicidality in the context of other health, mental health, and environmental risk factors.

Speaker & Resources

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

Stan Collins shares experiences from his 20+ year career in suicide prevention. Hear 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 & Resources

Thank You to Our Brain Break Providers!

Jennifer Parra

For providing a fun break with Latin-style beats and dance!

Destiny Walker

For demonstrating how to combine flow yoga with mantras and affirmations to elevate the mind and connect to the heart.

Sierra Don

For providing a guided meditation with simple, holistic movements focused on breath, stability, and intention.

About Our Presenters

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

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 & Resources

Breakout Sessions

Hinds Hospice Survivors of Suicide Loss & the LOSS Team: Suicide Prevention & Postvention

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

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


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

Breakout Session Speakers & Resources

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

Ashley Mills shares 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 & Resources

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

Explore tangible next steps to build upon their current suicide prevention efforts. Stan Collins shares 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. Get a clear vision of “where to go from here.”

Speaker & Resources

More Information

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline online.

TTY Users: Use preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.