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Hope for the Future: Insights from the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board

Michelle Ramos October 17, 2018

 


Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.

 

Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.

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Posted in Suicide Prevention, Technology, Safety, Learning, American Association of Suicidology

Social-Emotional Learning & Upstream Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools

By Dr. Lori Vollandt, Ed D., Co-founder, Achieve Beyond the Binder September 20, 2018

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How Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Support Suicide Prevention

There is an old parable about a fishing village, where each day, the fishermen had to rescue residents from nearly drowning in the river downstream. Knowing this was not sustainable, the fishermen decided that instead of rescuing victims, they would discover how villagers were falling into the river in the first place. They ventured upstream to discover a dangerous overlook on a cliff where people were losing their footing and falling into the river. After building a protective barrier and safeguarding the edge, the fishermen no longer had to rescue drowning victims.

For the past 27 years, I have worked as an educator and later as a Coordinator of Health Education Programs for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. In that time, I’ve seen how educators and communities can form “protective barriers” to curb the devastating consequences of youth suicide. The idea of “upstreaming,” or identifying and mitigating the source of a crisis, has been the focus of my career as a teacher, advocate and school district administrator. All too often, after a crisis occurs, the common question arises: “Why didn’t someone do something?”

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Posted in Technology, Learning, Safety, Suicide Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, Upstreaming
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