LGBTQ+ Youth/YA Suicide Awareness & Prevention for Families Learning Community

These three 90-minute sessions are part of our live learning community for Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) offered in collaboration with Oregon Family Support Network.


In this live, virtual and interactive learning community we will engage in a collective dialogue around best practices for increasing suicide awareness and prevention strategies for families of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Together over three 90-minute sessions we will increase our skills, knowledge, and abilities within the following topics from the family perspective.

Eligibility & Expectations:

  • Our target audience is behavioral health and mental health providers, parents, caregivers, and forever people raising LGBTQ+ youth in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (HHS Region 10).
  • These sessions will be interactive with everyone on camera/audio--plan on engaging!
  • Please plan to attend all sessions as learning builds and space is limited.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and utilize all family life domains in suicide awareness and prevention work.
  • Understand the value and need for cultural humility/responsiveness in supporting family suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Increase knowledge of the 5 family protective factors and how each are used in suicide prevention.
  • Develop engagement strategies with families and youth who have varying communications styles and needs.

Learning Community Sessions:

  1. LGBTQ+ Youth Suicide Awareness for Families: Beyond the Basics | Wednesday, July 27, 10:30am-12:00pm Pacific
  2. LGBTQ+ Youth Suicide Prevention for Families: Resources for Resilience | Wednesday, August 3, 10:30am-12:00pm Pacific
  3. Cultural Humility in Family Suicide Awareness and Prevention Work: Shifting the System | Wednesday, August 10, 10:30am-12:00pm Pacific



Media Suggested by Learning Community Participants


Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth

Suicide Awareness & Prevention


From the Oregon Family Support Network

From the Family Acceptance Project

Webinar recordings from the Oregon Family Support Network & Northwest MHTTC


Shawna Canaga

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Shawna Canaga is a Family Support Specialist and the statewide Peer Delivered Services Trainer for Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN). OFSN is a family run organization that promotes mental, behavioral, and emotional wellness for families and youth through education, support, and advocacy. Shawna comes to this position with over a decade of experience supporting youth and families, and with lived experience as a mother of an adult child with complex mental health needs. Throughout both of these journeys Shawna has cultivated a passion for supporting family-driven and person-centered care within the youth and family serving systems.






Starts: Jul 27, 2022 10:30 am
Ends: Aug 10, 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 20, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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