Pathways to Understand Youth Suicide

What Can We Do? Pathways to Understanding Youth Suicide

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is traditionally a face-to-face classroom training program, but the Spring 2021 Semester section will be held online as we prioritize distance learning in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This program has been approved for 6 Category A Continuing Education Credits in Suicide Prevention by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter.  Auth. #3621.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children and teens who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015. These numbers are startling and concerning.

As professionals who work with young people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by these serious mental health needs. Although we may not see how our role can make a positive impact, this workshop will offer possible pathways to understanding, reminding educators and mental health providers of their important role and ability to foster hope, connect the disconnected, and reduce stigma.

Begin with an examination of how suicide has been understood and misunderstood throughout modern history from a socio-cultural perspective. An exploration of the art and science of suicide intervention will be offered by surveying the landscape of prevention programming and support. Discuss the current research on suicidal trends, including the ways that suicide is understood from a neurobiological perspective.

Finally, focus on ways that professionals who work with youth can take action, in large and small ways, both personally and professionally, to feel empowered in the fight to save young lives.

Instructor Bios


What Can We Do? Pathways to Understanding Youth Suicide

  • Hannah Mariotti

    Hannah Mariotti

    Hannah Mariotti has an MA in Counseling and over 20 years of experience in education and mental health care. As a counselor, Hannah has held positions in hospitals, health services and private practice. She has worked in both traditional, independent and therapeutic schools with students from K-12 and colleges. Her interests include learning and the brain, interpersonal neurobiology, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, addiction, social/emotional learning and mindfulness.

    Hannah currently helps to create and facilitate day-long trainings with University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training. She also practices as an educational/therapeutic consultant and is a co-founder of Beacon Coaching & Consulting. Hannah enjoys connecting families and clients to the support and information they need to grow and thrive. 

  • Sarah Wagner

    Sarah Wagner

    Sarah Wagner is a school psychologist with 20 years of experience as an educator. She has worked in therapeutic and traditional public schools with students experiencing social, emotional, and/or learning challenges. Sarah taught 6-12th grade and held positions including; teacher, behavior specialist, director of academic support, learning specialist and college counselor. She specializes in school psychology, parent education and coaching children and teens with ADHD. Sarah is an educator at a local New Hampshire public school and is a co-owner/practitioner at Beacon Coaching & Consulting. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership.

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