The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Monitoring Committee, in collaboration with the Garrett Lee Smith Grant Project and the STAR-Center, sponsored four regional workshops in October and November 2010. The workshops brought together county suicide prevention task forces and community members interested in the commonwealth’s youth suicide prevention efforts. The agenda included a review of the five-year plan for youth suicide prevention, lessons learned about local task force development, networking with local Child Death Review Teams and Student Assistance Program regional coordinators, and learning about progress with the Garrett Lee Smith grant project and possible opportunities to be involved with a renewal grant.
A BIG thank you to all of the county task force and community members who participated in the four regional workshops designed to increase awareness of Pennsylvania youth suicide prevention initiative efforts and to re-establish the connection between the local youth suicide prevention efforts and the state monitoring committee. Those in attendance wanted to share their names and contact information in hopes of stimulating future collaborations.
After introductions, attendees were asked to briefly review the 2007-2012 PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative goals and indicate where their current suicide prevention efforts match up. We discovered that many of those in attendance were not aware of the state goals or did not know about this web site.
During the course of the day mini-presentations were given by individuals representing Child Death Review Teams, the Student Assistance Program and the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Grant Project. Participants chose topics for roundtable discussion groups. Following the discussion around each table, each group reported on the ideas generated. For an overview of all four workshops and summaries of the discussion and input at each workshop, click on the links below. Workshop attendees also agreed to share their names and contact information as a way to promote ongoing collaboration. Click on the date-specific links below for lists of workshop attendees.