Schools play an important role in recognizing and responding to suicide risk in students. Effective strategies must be embedded within a positive school climate that engages the entire school community. This webinar will outline best practice strategies schools can implement to identify and respond to students at risk for suicide. In addition, the webinar will focus on the steps that schools should take to mitigate suicide risk and promote positive mental health and well-being.
Tandra Rutledge, MA is the Director of Business Development at Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park, Illinois. She is a certified suicide prevention gatekeeper trainer for the QPR Institute, a trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s educational programs, and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) instructor with the Chicago Police Department. As a mental health advocate and suicide prevention trainer for the past 25 years, Tandra provides training to schools, parents, faith-based organizations, physicians and other healthcare professionals. As part of the hospital’s Zero Suicide Implementation Team, she facilitates training in Assessment and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) for staff. Tandra serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is a member of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance.