Addressing Suicidal and Parasuicidal Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

Suicide prevention and intervention is at the forefront of the mental health community’s agenda, especially for children, adolescents, and families. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified suicide as the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-19. Unfortunately, it is common for school-aged children to experience suicidal behaviors and other self-harming concerns. Families and helping professionals deserve the knowledge to effectively identify and intervene with suicidal children/adolescents. This training will explore current research findings, behavioral and emotional warning signs of pediatric suicidal behaviors, ways to intervene, and strategies to facilitate community support.