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Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative Forming-- Complete Interest Form by April 6!

Publication Date: Mar 29, 2021

The Great Lakes MHTTC School-Based Mental Health Supplement is pleased to offer the six-session School-Based Suicide Prevention Learning Collaborative for schools and districts in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.  Enrollment is limited to 8-10 schools or school districts. 

The six-session learning collaborative will help participating schools and districts develop a data-driven, evidence-based, and culturally relevant suicide prevention plan. The learning collaborative offers technical support and coaching, strategic planning, and collaborative peer learning experiences with the expected outcome of schools/districts creating and implementing a comprehensive suicide prevention plan. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify stakeholders and engage administrators, staff, and community partners
  • Assess and review current school policies, programs, and culture
  • Understand the essential components of a school-based suicide prevention strategy   
  • Identify prevention strategies that are responsive to the needs and cultures of students in their school
  • Develop a school-based suicide prevention implementation plan



All sessions will be presented via ZOOM.: 9:00–10:00am Central, 10:00–11:00am Eastern

  • April 20: Orientation; Identifying & Engaging Stakeholders
  • April 27: Assessing Readiness for Change: School Climate & Culture
  • May 4: Strategic Planning & Cultural Implications in Suicide Prevention
  • May 11: Implementing Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools
  • May 18: Law, Liability, & Lessons Learned
  • May 25: Plan Presentations & Group Feedback

Interested in Participating?

Interested schools or districts should complete the Application/Interest Survey by April 6, 2021.

Click here to complete the Application/Interest Form

Selected school districts will be invited to register for the learning collaborative. 



Tandra RutledgeTandra Rutledge is the Director of Business Development at Riveredge Hospital, a free-standing psychiatric facility in Illinois. Tandra is a mental health advocate and suicide prevention educator. She promotes wellness and resilience through a social justice and racial equity lens.

Tandra serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a member of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. She is an AMSR trainer (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk), a certified suicide prevention educator for the QPR Institute, an adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, and a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor with the Chicago Police Department.


Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the series to participants who attend all sessions in full.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Amanda Koshollek: