Mental Wellness and Youth Suicide Prevention


PART I – December 8, 2020

I – Understanding Youth Suicide

Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW
President, American Association of Suicidology

Educational Objective: To debunk common myths related to the causes of suicide and describe how to support and provide skills and resources to parents of teens at-risk for suicide.


II – Understanding and Managing Adolescent Anxiety

Presented by: Bethany Michel, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Psychologist, DBT Centre of Vancouver

Educational Objectives:
1. Explain the thought processes that could lead to suicide ideation and describe the personality traits and red flags that indicate a higher risk for suicide.
2. Describe and demonstrate the clinical skills one can use when interacting with anxious youth who are thinking about suicide and discuss what can be done to help them.


PART II – December 9, 2020

Screening for Suicide

Presented by Lisa M. Horowitz, Phd, MPH

Educational Objective:
To identify the risk factors, warning signs and the screening process to assess level of suicidality.

Empathy and Building Rapport

Presented by: Rebecca Zeitlin, LMFT
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Educational Objective:
Explain how to help someone who is overwhelmed and feeling suicidal and how to assess level of risk for suicide