Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan (HHS Region 1)

Date: May 11, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table  
Time: 1:00 PM—2:00 PM EST Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table  


For National Prevention Week, join us for a panel discussion on suicide prevention throughout the lifespan. In this discussion, panelists will share research on interventions and emerging trends in suicide prevention from adolescence through older adulthood. Discussion will also address trends across racial and ethnic groups, considerations for working with LGBTQ+ populations, and the role of peer support in suicide.



Shirley Yen, Ph.D. Dr. Shirley Yen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Training Director of the clinical psychology internship program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Yen's research focuses on identifying risk factors and developing interventions for suicidal behaviors in adolescents and adults. Dr. Yen has been an NIMH-funded investigator for the past 20+ years, and has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications. As an investigator on prospective, longitudinal studies of youth with bipolar disorder, adults with personality disorders, and suicidal adolescents, Dr. Yen has examined prospective predictors of suicidal behavior. Dr. Yen’s research has also focused on translational work towards developing interventions to reduce suicidal behaviors. She was recently awarded an R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health, to test the effectiveness of a new intervention she developed, Skills to Enhance Positivity (STEP), in reducing suicidal behaviors in acutely suicidal adolescents. She is currently completing a short-term mixed-method prospective study using daily diary ratings that examines mechanisms of risk for suicidal and self-injurious ideation in sexual and gender minority youth, and a pilot adaptation of a yoga-based intervention for adolescents with depression.


Timothy Schmutte, Psy.D. Dr. Schmutte is a clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher with a longstanding interest in older adults and suicide prevention. As an Assistant Professor at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, his current research focuses on improving the quality of care provided to patients with high risk for suicide. For his research, Dr. Schmutte uses national data to examine the service use patterns and outcomes of older adults treated for suicidal thoughts and acts in acute care settings as well as to identify risk and protective factors for suicide shortly following a diagnosis of dementia. He is also currently helping to develop a peer-based intervention to help Veterans with high suicide risk as well as a clinical decision support tool for emergency department physicians in treating patients with high suicide risk.


Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D. Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., is a Senior Associate at C4 Innovations and directs a training program for Massachusetts addiction professionals. She also served as subject matter expert, trainer, and technical assistance provider for SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy. In this role, Cheryl developed skill-based curricula for providers including peer workers and led the team that described core competencies for peer workers for SAMHSA. Throughout her career, she has developed training interventions to meet the learning needs of diverse groups of healthcare providers and behavioral health and public health programs in the US and abroad. Her professional skills are influenced by her experiences as person in long-term recovery from bipolar and substance use disorders and the experiences of family members. Cheryl received her Doctorate of Science from Boston University.


About the webinar: This webinar is hosted by the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 1), a program funded through SAMHSA, in collaboration with the New England Mental Health technology Transfer Center, to address the suicide prevention as part of the National Prevention Week promoted through SAMHSA.

Certificates of attendance for 1 contact hour will be provided to webinar participants. No partial credit will be awarded. This webinar will be recorded.

Starts: May. 11, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: May. 11, 2022 2:00 pm
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