Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools


  • September 10, 2015
  • Red Lion Hotel

    161 W 600 S.

    Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools



See videos from the event by clicking on the session listed here.

In 2013, suicide was the leading cause of death among Utah youth ages 10-17. Schools are in an important position to recognize and respond to suicide risk, as well as create healthy environments that support student academic success and overall wellness.

This free one-day conference from REL West, in collaboration with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), brought together school and district staff to learn about and discuss the prevalence of youth suicide and mental health issues in the state of Utah, risk and protective factors to consider in designing school prevention and intervention efforts, and how to respond to instances of suicide in school communities. 


See the attached document (under Related Materials) titled "Utah Student Suicide Prevention Resources" for an extensive list, with links, of national and Utah-based organizations, practical guides, research, and free support services. A few key resources are included here as well:


Speakers included:

  • Cathy Davis, Suicide Prevention Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Kim Myers, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • David Schonfeld, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
  • Anna Fondario and Elizabeth Brutsch, Injury Epidemiologists, Utah Department of Health
  • Doug Gray, Director of Education and Training, University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • Christy Hutchinson, K-12 Prevention Coordinator, Davis School District (Utah)
  • Greg Hudnall, Founder and Executive Director, HOPE4Utah
  • Frank Zenere, Department Head, Crisis Management Program, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Florida)
  • Jenn Rader, Director, James Morehouse Project, El Cerrito High School (California)
  • Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza, Licensed Psychologist

Press Release

For more information, please contact Kenwyn Derby.