Suicide in the School Community – Response and Recovery: Webinar Event

In recognition of National Bullying Awareness Month (Oct 2012), please plan on joining us for a Professional Development webinar: Suicide in the School Community: Response & Recovery.

Expert in Teen Suicide - Tina MeierOur special guest speakers are Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation and suicide/ mental health expert, Scott Poland.

The webinar is set for Monday, Oct. 15th, 2012 from 10:30-11:30 AM CDT  Register for this powerful webinar here.

Since her daughter Megan’s suicide, Tina Meier has committed her life to battling bullying and cyberbullying. Tina Meier is helping school administrators across the country expand their knowledge of the impact of bullying on kids and their families.

Dr. Scott Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. From Dr. Poland learn about the link between bullying and suicide; learn warning signs of suicidal behavior and thoughts; learn tips on how to speak to students and your communities about suicide; and learn best practices for dealing with the aftermath of a suicide in your school community.

2 thoughts on “Suicide in the School Community – Response and Recovery: Webinar Event

  1. I feel that people of all ages use soaicl networking sites as a way to communicate things that they are afraid to do face to face, or that they may not feel comfortable doing in person. By using a soaicl networking site, a person can say what they want, when they want to. They don’t have to worry about the consequences right away online, such as retaliation or physical violence. They can leave threats and harass others without thinking what may come of it. I honestly feel like this is partially because there is a lack of education of what can really happen when sites are used incorrectly. As we see the advancement of these sites, and the ages of those using them lower, we really need to start educating the younger users. They may not know the effects of what may happen if they are bullying, harassing, using profanity, uploading pictures and videos and much more. Just along with sex education in schools, I feel that some type of media or networking education would benefit young teens. It’s not just the soaicl sites but the video games or computer gaming that has affected them as well. By showing all the possible effects of misusing the sites or games, teens may start to realize their actions are being noticed and could alter their life with a touch of a button.

    • Thank you for your comment. It all comes down to good parenting too…if a parent is active in their kid’s social media world, and is teaching them appropriate online behavior early, then many of these problems would not be happening in schools. Parenting is the most important thing that many people will ever do, and it unfortunately often comes with the least amount of training and preparation. We need a new “Dr. Spock” book for teaching online behavior to 5-year old’s! – PL

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