Too often, tragic stories of young people committing suicide headline the news. Often the media link these suicide deaths to bullying. The deaths of these young people devastate families, schools, and communities.
As school staff in daily contact with young people, you are uniquely affected by these events and may feel enormous pressure to help prevent them in the future. There are steps schools can take to create safe and supportive environments for all students. The purpose of this Centers for Disease Control hosted webinar is to (1) help you better understand the relationship between bullying and suicide; (2) discuss how different groups, such as sexual minority youth, are differentially affected by bullying and suicide; and (3) identify concrete strategies, based on the latest science, to improve the ability of schools to prevent and respond to bullying and suicide.
Marci Hertz, MS
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
James Wright, LCPC
Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Patti Agatston, PhD
Licensed Professional Counselor, Cobb County Schools, Georgia
Lacey Rosenbaum, MEd
Director of the Safe and Supportive Schools Project, American Psychological Association
Dorothy Espelage, PhD
Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois
- Research Brief on Bullying and Suicide for Schools
- Violence Prevention at CDC
- Stop Bullying Website
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline