Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., and suicide rates have doubled for middle school aged girls in the last decade. The 2017 YRBS results from the CDC found that 7.4% of high school students surveyed admitted to making a suicide attempt in the last 12 months, and the few states that surveyed middle school students found that 10% made a suicide attempt in the last 12 months. This webinar outlines a comprehensive youth suicide prevention plan for schools, and will help school personnel understand how to support suicidal or grieving students if a suicide has tragically occurred in their school community in order to reduce suicide contagion.
Dr. Poland is a Professor at CPS and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University. He is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide and has authored five books on the subject. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas district for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He recently authored the Suicide Safer School Plan for Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide for Montana. He was a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has assisted schools/communities after tragedies such as school shootings, suicides, and acts of terrorism. He has received the Houston Wage Peace Award and the Parkland Helping the Community Heal Award. Dr. Poland is the author of SafeSchools Training Staff and Student Courses on bullying, suicide, threat assessment, and managing the aftermath of tragedy.