Youth Suicide Prevention Speaker & Workshop

posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:33 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:24 PM ]
Bartlesville's Family Life Symposium is sponsoring a free community presentation by Maureen Underwood, from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bartlesville High School Commons (change of venue from Tri-County Tech).

Ms. Underwood will be giving a fee-based workshop on Friday, November 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Tri-County Technology Center. Registration information for the day-long workshop is online at  

Suicide was the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24 in Oklahoma during 2008-2012.  Maureen Underwood, nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention, will address this issue as the guest speaker at two events for the annual Family Life Symposium in Bartlesville: 

  1. Thursday evening (free event), November 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bartlesville High School Commons Area – 1700 SE Hillcrest Drive in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  2. Fee workshop on Friday, November 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Tri County Tech – 6101 SE Nowata Road in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Pre-register by November 9 at  Friday’s registration fee is waived for college students with a current student ID.

Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker and an expert on youth suicide prevention, with focus on schools and best-practice programs that enhance overall student outcomes.  She is co-developer of LIFELINES:  A Suicide Prevention Program, LIFELINES Postvention and LIFELINES Intervention, all published by Hazelden publications.  Since 1987 Underwood has been engaged in addressing cluster suicide among youth populations.  She has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics.  Underwood has initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems during her tenure from 1985 to 2000 as coordinator of a state adolescent suicide prevention project.  Much of her work is on the best practices registry of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.  Maureen recommends the book, When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain, cousin of musician Kurt Cobain.

Beginning at 6:30 on Tursday evening, November 10, Maureen will present We're All in this Together: Creating Safety Nets for Our Kids in Challenging Times.  These days, life is hard in a lot of ways.  For parents, though, there may be nothing more difficult than shepherding their kids through the process of growing up.  This workshop will take a look at some of the current life challenges presented to both parents and their children and outline strategies for addressing them.  Difficult mental health topics will be explored and explained in practical language that carries the positive message that together, we CAN make a positive difference in the lives of our kids!

All interested adults and teens are encouraged to attend Thursday’s free event.

The fee-based workshop session on Friday, November 11, Creating Community Competence for Youth Suicide Prevention, is designed for educators, ministers, professionals, parents, and counselors and begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  Lunch on your own will occur from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  CEU’s will be available.  The statistics published by CDC earlier this year announced an alarming rise in the number of suicides across the country.  Even in Oklahoma, the number of people dying from self-inflicted injury has increased.  This workshop will address this disturbing trend by providing practical strategies that can bring communities together to implement best-practice prevention techniques.  

For more information regarding the Symposium, see their web site:, their Facebook page:, or contact Kerry Ickleberry at or Charissa Dunn:

Symposium November 2016

District Webmaster,
Oct 19, 2016, 1:24 PM