Building Capacity for Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention

8:30am - October 12, 2022 thru 10:30am - November 16, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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Applications close September 30, 2022


Session Dates: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2022


Building Capacity for Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention



Schools are a key setting for suicide prevention. Teachers, mental health providers, and all other school personnel who interact with students can play an important role in not only keeping students safe but promoting emotional well-being and connectedness for all students.

The best way to prevent suicide is for school districts to adopt a comprehensive, culturally relevant, evidence-based approach that identifies students who might be at-risk for suicide and assists them in getting help as well as responds when a suicide death occurs.

Building Capacity for Effective School-Based Suicide Prevention is a six-week learning collaborative centered around the NIATx process improvement model; a structured, team-based approach to change management. This learning community is designed to empower school district teams to create a roadmap for improvement and commit to measurable and sustainable changes to their suicide prevention plans.




  • Identify the components of comprehensive, culturally relevant, and evidence-based suicide prevention policies and practices
  • Explain the NIATx principles and change model to team members and begin a change project strengthening their district suicide prevention policies, plans, and programming
  • Use the key quality improvement tools: the walk-through, flowcharting, the nominal group technique, and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) rapid cycle testing




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Sandra Rutledge

Tandra M. Rutledge, MA

Tandra M. Rutledge is a mental health and suicide prevention educator, advocate, and consultant. She is the Director of Healthcare Systems Initiatives for Project 2025, a national initiative of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025. With over 25 years of clinical, healthcare, and executive leadership experience, Tandra dismantles stigma and cultivates resilience in her work through a social justice and racial equity framework. A highly regarded and trusted mental health expert, Tandra fosters deep, honest connections with diverse audiences that heal and inspire. 






The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.