Statewide Quarterly Positive Approaches & Practices Meeting

  • October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  October 21, 2022 – 9am to 3pm

Topic:  Suicide Prevention and Intervention 

 Join representatives from leading organizations in suicide prevention and awareness in Pennsylvania. Each panel member will provide an overview of their organization and available resources and supports available to the general population. The session will conclude with a time for panel questions. Panel participants include: 

  • Jana Marie Foundation:  The mission of Jana Marie Foundation is to harness the power of dialogue and creative expression to spark conversations, build connections and promote the mental well-being among young people and their communities. 
  • Aevidum:  Aevidum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers youth to shatter the silence surrounding depression, suicide, and other issues facing teens. The word Aevidum, which means “I’ve got your back,” was created by students after a classmate died by suicide. Aevidum inspires schools and communities to adopt cultures of care and advocacy, encouraging all members to have their friends’ backs. Aevidum exists in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the nation. 
  • Prevent Suicide PA:  The mission of Prevent Suicide PA is to support those affected by suicide, provide education, awareness, and understanding by collaborating with the community to prevention suicide, and reduce the stigma associated with suicide. 
  • American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Western PA Chapter:  The mission of AFSP is to save lives and bring hope those affected by suicide. AFSP is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have experienced a loss. 

There is limited research on prevalence and risk factors of suicidality among individuals with Autism as well as on best practices to suicide risk assessment and intervention with this population. This presentation will synthesize existing research and identify gaps in the literature, as well as provide practical recommendations for mental health professionals serving autistic youth and adults. 

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