Suicide in America's Heartland

Suicide is a growing problem in America's rural communities. Learn more during this one-hour webinar. 

Event Description

Suicide has been identified as a serious public health issue that has significant impacts on families and communities. According to the Center for Disease Control suicide rates have increased with nearly 46,000 deaths by suicide in 2020 thus being the 12th leading cause of death in the United States. According to SAMHSA in the year 2020 1.2 million individuals attempted suicide. Individuals who reside in rural and agricultural communities experience higher than average rates of suicide. This webinar will address the issue of suicide in rural and agricultural communities as well as identifying strategies for suicide prevention and postvention intervention.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the prevalence of suicide in rural communities 

  • Describe conditions and risk/protective factors that contribute to suicide rates in rural communities 

  • Identify successful suicide prevention approaches 

  • Define postvention and identify strategies that can assist individuals, families, rural communities heal following a suicide loss 


Ken Flanagan












Dr. Kenneth Flanagan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota. He currently serves as a curriculum developer for the Mountain Plains Mental Health and Addiction Technology Transfer Centers.  Dr. Flanagan holds a license as a clinical social worker and provides counseling and behavioral management services with a clinical focus on depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and chronic pain. He received his MSW and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Flanagan has held a range of clinical and administrative positions in healthcare and community-based organizations.  


Starts: Sep 7, 2022 12:00 pm
Ends: Sep 7, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 7, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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