Promoting Connectedness to Prevent Suicide
Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00:00 PM PST - 1:30:00 PM PST
Evaluations of interventions directed toward preventing suicidal behavior have shown that promoting connectedness is a promising suicide prevention strategy.  Connectedness to others, including family members, teachers, coworkers, community organizations, and social institutions, is an important protective factor.  Positive relationships can help increase a person’s sense of belonging, foster a sense of personal worth, and provide access to sources of support. 

During this webinar, participants will learn why and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made connectedness promotion a central focus of its suicide prevention efforts.  In addition, presenters will describe programs that have promoted connectedness within specific populations including: older adults, Native Americans, and African American youth.  


Deb Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Sean Joe, PhD, LMSW, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan 

Kimberly Van Orden, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center 

Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, (Enrolled Member-Caddo Nation of Oklahoma), Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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