Learn the most effective ways to implement mental health safety and suicide prevention in your camp

About this event

The Wellness Institute invites camp leadership* and behavioral health staff to a live training with Maureen Underwood, LCSW, a nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention, with a focus on best-practice programs that enhance overall student outcomes.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation participants will be able to:

• Clarify their personal perspective on mental health and suicide

• Identify and respond to warning signs for possible suicide risk and non-suicidal self-injury

• Apply a conversational approach to addressing mental health concerns

• Understand the mental health protective factors inherent in camp culture

• Know how to incorporate the importance of help-seeking into camp life


*A follow- up training for camp staff is scheduled for May.


This event is produced by The Wellness Institute, a division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).

About Maureen Underwood:

Maureen Underwood, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist and a nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention, with focus on schools and best-practice programs that enhance overall student outcomes. She is co-developer of LIFELINES: A Suicide Prevention Program, LIFELINES Postvention and LIFELINES Intervention, all published by Hazelden publications. Since 1987 Underwood has been engaged in addressing cluster suicide among youth populations. In this work she has applied the latest research on youth suicide contagion, along with containment recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop practical protocols, policies and programs that are grounded in best practice, yet fully relevant to implementing in school settings. Underwood has more than 30 years experience in mental health and crisis intervention. She has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics. Underwood has initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems during her tenure from 1985 to 2000 as coordinator of a state adolescent suicide prevention project. She authored the National Association of Social Work’s policy statement on adolescent suicide, and was a charter member of her state’s Governor’s Council on Youth Suicide Prevention.