Applying the Research: Practical Supports for Suicide Prevention in Schools


RECORDING: Applying the Research: Practical Supports for Suicide Prevention in Schools



Efforts to prevent suicide at the individual and community level are important for reducing suicide among youth. Suicide is complex with no single cause. This webinar addresses three factors for consideration when focusing on suicide prevention. The speakers will share findings and practical takeaways from their AFSP funded research. One important factor related to mental health and wellness among school aged youth is sleep. Dr. Tina Goldstein will share insights and data regarding the relationship between sleep and suicide. Next, Dr. Anna Mueller will review what she has learned from her research about important ingredients for suicide prevention in schools. Finally, Dr. Marisa Marraccini will describe how to facilitate a student’s return to school after hospitalization for suicidal behavior. There are many considerations to help students and schools adapt to support students in this process of transition. The goal of the webinar is to share insights to build an informed and active community working together for suicide prevention.




  • Describe How sleep patterns may impact mental health and wellness
  • Provide 3 actions that can be taken to facilitate a student’s return to school after hospitalization for suicidal behavior
  • Enumerate strategies for suicide prevention that can be used in schools




Trainer, Tina Goldstein PhDTina Goldstein, PhD, clinical and research interests focus on understanding the etiology and psychosocial treatment for youth with, and at-risk for, mood disorders and suicide. Her research program is supported by grant funding from federal and private foundations, and she is the author of over 150 manuscripts and book chapters. Her contributions to the field have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Klerman Young Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).




Trainer, Anna MuellerAnna S. Mueller, PhD, is the Luther Dana Waterman Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her BA from Wellesley College in 2002 and her PhD in sociology in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Mueller’s research examines (1) the social roots of adolescent suicide; (2) the experience of suicide bereavement in adolescence, and (3) how organizational science can help improve suicide prevention in schools. Her research on youth suicide has won numerous awards for its contribution to knowledge, including the Edwin Shneidman Early Career Award from the American Association of Suicidology. In 2020, she was named one of Science News’s Top 10 Early Career Scientists to Watch. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Western Colorado Community Foundation, among others. She is passionate about helping schools, families, and communities find better ways to prevent youth suicide and to heal after suicide losses.



Trainer, Marissa MarracciniMarisa Marraccini, PhD, specializes in promoting the mental health and well-being of students and preventing health risk behaviors. Trained as a school psychologist, she became interested in supporting high-risk adolescents to prevent suicide and other health risk behaviors during her internship at a rural high school. Recognizing a critical need to better support these students, she sought out advanced training in suicide assessment research through a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Currently, Marraccini is an Implementation Research Fellow through the Implementation Science Research Institute at Washington University of St. Louis.



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.

April 27, 2023
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