On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time the ICRC-S conducted the webinar "Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Schools," with speakers Holly Wilcox, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Peter Wyman, Ph.D. of the University of Rochester Medical Center. In partnership with families and communities, our nation's schools are obvious places to identify youth at risk of suicide, and they can also play a critical role in preventing youth suicide. The webinar speakers addressed suicide prevention research that is being conducted in schools, discuss the known impact the research has made, and identify needed research and practice going forward. This session was moderated by Nathan Belyeu of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
About Our Presenters
Holly Wilcox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been involved in implementing and evaluating school-based prevention approaches, including the evaluation of the long-term impact of the Good Behavior Game intervention. Dr. Wilcox is the principal investigator of a large randomized trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the effectiveness of delivering depression education in high school health education classes on knowledge, stigma and mental health service utilization. She leads the evaluation of the State of Maryland's Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN), a Garrett Lee Smith State Youth Suicide Prevention project. Dr. Wilcox is co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers and teaches a course (Suicide as a Public Health Problem) in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also serves as a scientific advisor for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Wilcox has published extensively on the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of suicidal behaviors.
Peter Wyman, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Wyman is Director of the School and Community-Based Prevention Laboratory (Department of Psychiatry), University of Rochester School of Medicine, and on the faculty of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. His lab has an established record of NIH funding to develop and test community-based interventions with a focus on preventing behavioral and emotional problems including suicidal behavior in youth underserved by traditional mental health services. In 2013, Dr. Wyman was an expert panelist for the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and has served on the scientific advisory board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2005. Dr. Wyman also has expertise in community-partnered research and served as Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Internal Review Board of the University of Rochester from 2004 - 2008. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State. Since 2007, Dr. Wyman has been lead researcher for the Sources of Strength Program, having completed two randomized trials funded by NIMH with over 50 secondary schools in New York State, focused on underserved urban, rural, and Native American communities.
Nathan Belyeu is a Senior Prevention Specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). Belyeu has a wide array of experiences in creating, implementing, and evaluating youth and adult suicide prevention programs across multiple settings, including middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and community organizations. Belyeu's work has specifically focused on at risk youth with a special interest in the intersections of LGBTQ identity, family rejection, homelessness and the risk of suicide. He has served on the National Advisory Board of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center since 2013. Prior to coming to SPRC in 2014, Belyeu served as the Education Director at The Trevor Project where he created and implemented suicide prevention and awareness programs with a focus on vulnerable LGBTQ youth and young adults.