Understanding and Preventing Youth Suicide



The Central East MHTTC in collaboration with the National Center for School Mental Health is pleased to offer a school mental health webinar series with a focus on advancing high quality, sustainable school mental health from a multi-tiered system of support, trauma sensitive, and culturally responsive and equitable lens. To familiarize yourself with the foundations of school mental health, please review the school mental health guidance document.



  • Increase understanding of factors that contribute to youth suicide and racial disparities in suicide
  • Explore factors within schools that contribute to mental health disparities among minoritized youth
  • Identify resources and strategies to intervene with youth who are at risk for suicide  



Janelle R. Goodwill, PhDJanelle R. Goodwill, PhD
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Dr. Goodwill’s research aims to promote mental health and prevent suicide among Black Americans. She utilizes survey, qualitative, and intervention data to explore how positive psychological factors like hope, joy, and meaning in life can be used to foster well-being across the life course. She is currently leading several projects that focus on issues related to suicide prevention for Black communities in Chicago, while also writing extensively about Black Americans' mental health experiences during COVID-19. Dr. Goodwill earned her MSW, MS in psychology, and joint PhD in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Michigan State University and joined the faculty at UChicago in 2020.



Danielle R. Harrell, PhD Danielle R. Harrell, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Dr. Harrell’s research focuses on understanding school contextual factors associated with youth mental health (e.g., depression and suicidal behaviors) and academic functioning among youth of color within K-12 schools. She also focuses on the role of school social workers in improving outcomes for students and their families, and the school community. She is the Principal Investigator on a University funded grant titled “Early Emergence of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding Emotion Regulation Difficulties and Perceptions of School Connectedness among Black Children.” Dr. Harrell received her PhD in Social Work with a minor in Educational Research from Louisiana State University. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Harrell was a school social worker and currently holds a Qualified School Social Work Certification in the state of Louisiana. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Louisiana. 



Educators, Administrators, Health and Behavioral Health Care Professionals, Central East (Region 3) Project AWARE Grantees, Policymakers and Advocates, and Child-Serving Agency Staff

Starts: Feb 13, 2024 3:00 pm
Ends: Feb 13, 2024 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 13, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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