Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health: Strategies Making a Difference in K-12 through College

Webinar Overview

The mental health needs of students due to the pandemic, the incidence of bullying, school violence, suicide, and trauma in general - present a challenge for all educators.

Suicide is a leading cause of death for youth from middle school age through college. The U.S. Surgeon General released a recent report, Protecting the Mental Health of Our Youth. The recommendations for schools from the report will be shared. Research has emphasized the need for all students to feel a connection to school and it is very important for each student to have a significant relationship with one or more adults at school.

Participants will learn the protective factors for youth outlined by the World Health Organization and the factors that were identified by the Carnegie Foundation that are essential for student success and resiliency.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key principles for student mental health including those outlined in the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent report on protecting the mental health of youth.
  • Know the incidence of suicide across ages from elementary through college.
  • Analyze the foundational issues for youth suicide.
  • Identify protective factors that prevent suicide.
  • Learn how to develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide prevention.

Additional Resources


Scott Poland
Dr. Scott Poland

Professor at the College of Psychology and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office

Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor at the College of Psychology and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He is an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, school crisis and prevention, children and mental health and has authored six books on these subjects. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists.

He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after many tragedies. He has received many awards including the Houston Wage Peace Award. The APA Jack Bardon Career Award and the Helping Parkland Heal Award.

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