Suicide Prevention Legislation and Our Schools (Webinar)
Youth suicide now falls within the top three leading causes of death among children and young adults between the ages of 10-24. Numerous states have reacted to this crisis by creating legislation to address the role of schools in suicide prevention. While well-intentioned, these laws vary significantly from state to state and don’t always represent current best practices for suicide awareness and prevention programs.
Scott Poland, Ed.D., Professor at the College of Psychology and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide and has authored or co-authored five books and numerous chapters on the subject. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a Past Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. His first book, Suicide in the schools published by Guilford in 1989 is considered a pioneer work and he recently co-authored, Suicide in schools for Routledge in 2015. He is also the co-author of the Suicide Safer School Plan for the state of Texas. He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He has also been involved as an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued following a suicide.