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Introduction to Building Capacity for Effective School-based Suicide Prevention
September 22, 2021


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.

SAMHSA's Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools is a toolkit aimed at being part of a nationwide effort to help the one out of every eleven high school students who attempted suicide in the U.S., according to the CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2009–2019.

In this workshop, school districts will be introduced to this toolkit and learn how to design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and prioritize mental health for all students. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their district's current suicide prevention policies and readiness for change.

Participants will also learn about a year-long school-based suicide prevention learning collaborative that will help school districts in HHS Region 5 build capacity for measurable and sustainable change using the NIATx model of process improvement

Learning objectives

1. Learn the key components of a school-based suicide prevention plan

2. Learn the prevention strategies that are responsive to the cultural and
language needs of students in their district

3. Assess current district suicide prevention policies and readiness for change 



Tandra RutledgeSpeaker: Tandra Rutledge

Tandra M. Rutledge is a mental health and suicide prevention educator, advocate, and consultant. She is currently 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.

A highly regarded and trusted mental health expert, Tandra dismantles stigma and cultivates resilience through a social justice and racial equity lens.

She transforms individuals, groups, and organizations by fostering deep, honest connections with diverse audiences including healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement, employers, faith-based organizations, youth, parents, colleges and universities and many others.