Services for Teens At Risk

New Webinar Available


Saving Holden Caulfield:  Do We Have What It Takes To Prevent Teen Suicide?

David A. Brent, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote address, Dr. Brent will review current trends in youth suicide and consider reasons why the adolescent and young adult suicide rate has been increasing, and consider evidence-based preventions and interventions that may help to reverse this trend.  During the presentation Dr. Brent will review the evidence to support a role for primary prevention of risk factors for suicidal behavior, such as child maltreatment, depression, conduct problems, and alcohol and substance abuse.  These interventions will be compared and contrasted with more suicide-specific preventive interventions, such as gatekeeper training.  Also considered, will be the potential impact of improved access to mental health care through co-location of mental health specialists in primary care, the role of improved coordination and linkages between levels of care, and the potential contribution of restriction of lethal means.

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Identify the recent trends in youth suicide and possible contributions.
2.  Discuss the relative cost-effectiveness of different approaches to the primary prevention of suicidal behavior in adolescents.
3.  Evaluate the potential roles of improved service coordination.
4.  Explain the role of method restriction as a means of youth suicide prevention.


A Summary of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Suicide Prevention Grant Outcomes:  Pennsylvania's Projected Contributions and Products  


Presented by Paula McCommons, Ed.D., Director, STAR-Center Outreach, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

In this keynote address, Dr. McCommons will highlight the outcomes and products generated by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grants which focus on the facets of school wide suicide prevention over the past ten years.  In particular, the current status and impact of Pennsylvania's grants will be shared.

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Discuss the key components of a comprehensive school suicide prevention program.
2.  Describe the aims of Pennsylvania's current SAMHSA grant focusing on schools and suicide prevention efforts.
3.  Identify and locate resources for schools and communities affiliated with SAMHSA grants.