In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, two leaders from Idaho review why local public health agencies should be involved in mental and behavioral health issues and the role they can play in rural suicide prevention.
- Understand the importance of community health assessments and improvement plans in bringing awareness to suicide as a local problem.
- Identify three stressors in rural communities that contribute to their increased suicide rates.
- Identify three community interventions that focus on reducing the suicide rate at the local level.
- Consider the successful elements needed for building a local suicide prevention coalition.
Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; injury prevention specialists; law enforcement personnel and first responders; firearm safety advocates
Carol Moehrle, District Director, Public Health - Idaho North Central District
Lora Whalen, District Director, Idaho Panhandle Health District
- Why do rural and frontier areas have higher suicide rates?
- How can you identify community champions to lead a local suicide prevention coalition?
- How can you sustain momentum for ongoing suicide prevention efforts at the local level?
Slides and Resources
- Slides | Slide handout (3 slides per page) (Available immediately before session)
- Stone DM, Simon TR, Fowler KA, et al. Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates — United States, 1999–2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — 27 States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67:617–624.
- CDC Vital Signs: Suicide Prevention
- Forefront Suicide Prevention
- Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
- Save a Life Kootenai (Word)