Upcoming LGBT Suicide Prevention Webinar!

Posted on: January 14th, 2011

Suicide Prevention among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth:

Expanding the Frame and Broadening Our Approaches

When: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

3:00 PM-4:30 PM Eastern Time

Brief description: This webinar will focus on reducing risk for suicide and increasing positive outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.


Effie Malley, MPA is Director of the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide at the American Association of Suicidology. She previously worked at the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center where she co-authored a white paper (Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth) and served as lead developer of a workshop kit for staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs (Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth). She will briefly describe these resources and the practice implications of modifiable risk and protective factors.

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW is Director of the Family Acceptance Project, the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to promote family acceptance and to decrease major health and related risks for LGBT youth, including suicide, in the context of their families. Dr. Ryan has worked on LGBT health and mental health issues for 35 years and focuses on promoting the well-being of LGBT children and youth in families, schools and communities. She will discuss research that she and her team have conducted over nearly a decade that has identified specific behaviors that families and caregivers use to express acceptance and rejection of their LGBT children’s identity and then established the relationship between these accepting and rejecting behaviors with depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and sexual health risks, as well as health and well-being in their LGBT children in young adulthood.

Dave Reynolds, MPH, CPH is Senior Public Policy and Research Manager at The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  He will describe evidence-based practices related to media coverage of suicides and public health campaigns to prevent suicide.  Using specific examples related to LGBTQ youth, he will explain how members of the media, suicide prevention professionals, and advocates can adhere to safe and effective messaging standards when communicating about suicide prevention and the LGBTQ community.

Additional resources to be referenced during the webinar:

1. Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media, published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, and the Annenberg Public Policy Center

2.       Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention, published by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

3.       Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth, a free workshop kit, which will be available soon at http://www.sprc.org/LGBTYouthWorkshopKit.asp

4.       Initial publications and studies by the Family Acceptance Project that provide key research findings and guidance on how families can help support their LGBT children.

Register online
Space is limited.  Please register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/177767736

After you register, you will receive an e-mail containing information about how to participate in the webinar via the phone and internet.  If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Tiffany Kim, SPRC Project Coordinator at 202-572-3717 or tkim@edc.org.