Response to Suicide in Rural Communities: A Panel Discussion


This event was held on April 13th, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. MT. 

Event Description

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 per data gathered in 2019, with rates increasing 61.7% between 2009-2018 (Ivey-Stephenson et al., 2020).  Panelists represented perspectives from professionals working with youth in crisis in both the school and community. This panel discussed how some schools and communities are responding to this increasing epidemic and considerations specific to rural communities based on learned experiences. The targeted audience for this session was school mental health professionals and educators from Region 8, which takes in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. 


McKinley Withers, Ed.D., M.Ed.










I have had the privilege of working as teacher, counselor, and administrator. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Teaching from Brigham Young University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from Utah State University, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. I currently work as Jordan District’s Health and Wellness Consultant. If you don’t find me in public schools then you’ll find me with my amazing wife and beautiful children, running (preferably on trails), or trying some other outdoor hobby. I hope to meet you out in our schools or out in the wild! 


Christin "Kiki" Quarry, BSN, MSN, PHN, RN










Kiki Quarry has been practicing in the Emergency Department as an RN for 7 years in a rural community. She has earned her accelerated BSN from Samuel Merritt University graduating cum laude in 2013. And completed her MSN from UH Manoa in public health nursing graduating cum laude in 2016. She has applied to the University of Minnesota for her PhD in nursing focusing on research disparities of rural and indigenous communities. Kiki Quarry currently works at Maui Memorial Medical Center-Kaiser run community Hosptial level three trauma center. During her time there, she has worked in behavioral health and emergency medicine in the rural community of Maui. She has also spent time working in the community for Aloha house Licensed Crisis Residential Services and detox Center. She has focused trainings in Crisis Prevention Intervention, Trauma Nursing Core Certification, Advanced Trauma Certified Nurse, and community health liaison. Currently, she is a member of the DMAT team for Hawaii deployed during disasters, an OR RN for international delegations with Aloha Medical Missions, and continues to keep her 100-ton USCG-certified master/mater Captain’s License current with 20 plus years working professionally on boats. 


Tina Boteilho, LMFT










Tina Boteilho, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Tina was born and raised on Maui. Tina lived in California for several years but couldn’t resist the invitation to go back to Maui after college. Over the past 20 years Tina has worked for several non-profit agencies and the state of Hawaii with children 0-18 years old, children with special health needs/disabilities and their families, individuals reintegrating back into their communities and families after several years of incarceration, emergency responders, military families, individuals needing crisis interventions, and individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Tina currently runs her own private practice, contracts with several non-profits as a qualified mental health practitioner, has created several trainings for children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals, and volunteers with several local non-profits. Tina has been invited to several trainings and conferences as a guest speaker to talk about best practices with people experiencing trauma and crisis, grief and loss, working in isolated rural areas, community resource building, pandemic relief, blending families, coparenting, LGBTQIA issues, and cultural sensitivity. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family hiking, going to the beach, landscaping, ranching, and farming.

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