Addressing a Co-Occurring Epidemic: Substance Misuse and Suicide


Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States across all age groups. Compared with the general population, individuals with alcohol dependence and persons who use drugs have a 10–14 times greater risk of death by suicide. In this service we will analyze this co-occurring epidemic. Participants will learn how to navigate and overcome the barriers that have impacted professionals in the suicide and substance use prevention field from working together to solve this problem in the past.

Certificates of Completion for 1.5 hours and all follow up materials (including the recording) will be emailed to registrants and available in the products section of the SSW PTTC webpage for this service within two weeks of the event.


Jana Boocock, MSW is a Senior Prevention Specialist on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) project. Jana’s primary experience includes managing the implementation of suicide and substance use prevention programming in South Dakota communities. Jana received her Master of Social Work in 2021 from Arizona State University and is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist. In addition to her state and community led prevention experience, Jana also has experience working with youth and adults experiencing behavioral health disorders within the community.

Derrick Newby is a Certified Prevention Consultant who has worked in the field of prevention and public health since 1998. He DERRICKserved as the program coordinator with MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training for five years, helping to facilitate the growth of the prevention system. Mr. Newby is a training and technical assistance (T/TA) specialist for the South Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (SSW PTTC). He has also served on the Arkansas Prevention Certification Board since 2020. Mr. Newby earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock in 2004.    





Starts: Jul. 27, 2023 1:30 pm
Ends: Jul. 27, 2023 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 27, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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