Pathways to Understand Youth Suicide

What Can We Do? Pathways to Understanding Youth Suicide


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. This workshop will 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. We’ll discuss the current research on suicidal trends, including the ways that suicide is understood from a neurobiological perspective. Finally, we’ll 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 is a licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in education and mental health care. As a counselor, she has held positions in hospitals, health services and private practice. Hannah has worked in both traditional independent and therapeutic schools with students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Her areas of expertise include: learning and the brain, anxiety/depression, attachment and trauma, autism spectrum issues, social/emotional learning and mindfulness. Currently, Hannah works as a school counselor on the New Hamphire seacoast, teaches at Granite State College and is a co-owner and practitioner at Beacon Coaching & Consulting. She has a master’s degree in counseling.

  • 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 and is a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study candidate.

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