Webinar: Pacific Southwest PTTC and MHTCC Present - Navigating Risk of Suicide in the Context of Substance Misuse: Best Practices for Supporting Youth and Young Adults



DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2020



Substance misuse and its relationship to suicide among youth and young adults continues to be of concern to public health practitioners. This panel discussion will highlight real world intersections of substance misuse prevention and mental health best practices to reduce risk of suicide among youth and young adults. Panelists will offer expertise and perspective on how to impact populations who are at risk for substance misuse and suicide. The webinar examines shared risk and protective factors for vulnerable populations, outlines college campus programs for behavioral health, and explores the integration of suicide risk screening and intervention into the substance use early intervention model SBIRT. There will be a focus on effectively supporting youth and young adult populations.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1.  Identify opportunities to effectively link mental and behavioral health supports to prevent and respond to risks of substance misuse and suicide.
2.  Identify prevention programs that integrate knowledge, skill, and abilities to benefit vulnerable youth and young adults. 
3.  Locate real-world examples of successful practices.



Brett Harris, DrPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health and the Director of Public Health Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). Dr. Harris co-developed and is currently teaching the graduate course Suicide as a Public Health Problem.  In her role with the State of New York, Dr. Harris oversees all community-, school-, college-, and university-based suicide prevention initiatives and supports implementation of suicide safer care in multiple clinical service settings.

James Mazza, Ph.D, is Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Washington and Director of the School Psychology Program. His work focuses broadly on adolescent mental health issues, particularly internalizing disorders such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, exposure to violence and especially suicidal behavior. Dr. Mazza’s research focuses on a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) that emphasizes the need to provide school-based mental health services and SEL programs to all students as part of their education.

Debra Cox-Howard, MC, LPC, LISAC, holds dual licenses and is a Mental Health Clinician at The University of Arizona's Counseling & Psych Services department. In addition to her role as clinician with a specialty in substance abuse counseling, Ms. Cox-Howard is a founder and co-Chair of the interdepartmental Substance Abuse Team and founder and co-Faculty Advisor for Wildcats Anonymous-The University of Arizona's Collegiate Recovery Program. Debra's work focuses on substance abuse prevention, assessment and treatment, addictions, adult children of alcoholics, time and stress management, relationships, and general counseling. 


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