Colorado’s 2021 Suicide Prevention Symposium is Nov. 4

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(Oct. 28, 2021) -- Suicide is a leading cause of death for Colorado’s youth and young adults. The encouraging news is that there are many effective suicide prevention programs that can help young people struggling with thoughts of suicide.

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center will share research and youth suicide prevention strategies at the 2021 Suicide Prevention Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 4. 

The event will feature two national experts in the field as keynote speakers:

  • Brandon Johnson is a Public Health Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Co-Lead of the Faith Communities Task Force for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He will address minority youth mental health issues.
  • John Ackerman, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will discuss postvention in schools.

The afternoon will be devoted to planning and action by participants: members of school districts will work on creating a suicide strategy for their districts; mental health providers will have the opportunity to train on using the CSSRC Youth Suicide Assessment and Intervention Toolkit.

The event is fully virtual and free, but registration is required. Find out more and register here: https://cssrc.colorado.gov/2021-suicide-prevention-symposium. 

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