The Intersection of Firearms and Suicide
Dakota Jablon, MHS – Director of Federal Affairs Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Suicide is a public health crisis. Firearms are the most lethal and most commonly used suicide method in the United States. A multilevel approach for suicide prevention that addresses firearm safety can save lives. There are effective, evidence-based interventions for firearm suicide prevention. Our approach organizes these interventions by applying the social-ecological model.
Sources of Strength
Tauna Groomsmith – Fremont County Community Prevention Specialist
Kristi L. Lipp – Weston County Community Prevention Specialist
Ann M. Perkins, Ph.D. – Sheridan County Community Prevention Specialist
Sources of Strength is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. In this session, we will see how Sources of Strength is being implemented in three Wyoming counties.
Risk and Protective Factors for Young Adults
Arianna Prescher – Council Member
Avery Frankhouser – Council Member
The Wyoming Youth and Young Adult Council’s purpose is to offer young people’s voices,
wisdom, lived experiences, and talents to contribute to youth and young adult health and well-being in Wyoming. Through fostering protective factors, especially connectedness to
services, caring adults, and information, we will address many issues to promote youth
health, resilience, and self-efficacy.
Suicide Prevention in the Time of COVID-19
Lindsay Martin – Program Manager – Wyoming Department of Health (WDH)
Shari Sinwelski – Deputy Director – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)
Richard McKeon – Branch Chief for Suicide Prevention – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This presentation will start with an overview of current Wyoming suicide data and the new Wyoming Lifeline call centers by WDH. SAMHSA and the NSPL will then dive into the impacts of COVID-19 on suicide prevention efforts, what to expect with the rollout of 988, and will wrap up with a question and answer period with the WDH, SAMHSA, and NSPL.
School-Based Suicide Prevention Interventions for K-12 Population
Aaron Fischer, Ph.D. – Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC)
Participants will learn about the youth suicide prevalence nationally and the implications to schools. They will also be able to familiarize themselves with multi-tiered systems of positive behavior and social-emotional learning. In addition, how multi-tiered systems support the prevention of suicide. Finally, the presentation will discuss ways to build the capacity and sustainability of these services in K-12 schools.