More than 34,000 Americans die by suicide each year. Suicide is the 7th leading cause of death in Utah. Abused children are more likely to attempt and complete suicide than those who have not encountered such trauma. Yet 90% of people in suicidal crisis will give some kind of warning… and you can help save a life. In this presentation, you will learn how to recognize the verbal, situational, and behavioral clues to suicide; how to ask a person if they in suicidal crisis; how to persuade a suicidal person to seek help; and how to make referrals for treatments that can help.
This workshop is presented by Kristy Jones and Dr. Dianna Abel on Monday, November 12 from 10:15 to 11:45 am, and again from 3:00 to 4:30 pm with Tamara Robinette.
Kristy Jones, MPH, earned her undergraduate degree in Public Health from Utah State University (‘92) and a Master of Public Health degree from Idaho State University (’01). She currently serves as the Community Projects Coordinator for the Urban North Region, Intermountain Healthcare. Kristy is based at McKay-Dee Hospital and also serves Bear River Valley and Logan Regional Hospitals. She facilitates programs and community task forces designed to improve the health status of persons in the communities served. She is the past Director of the Northern Utah Area Health Education Center at Weber State University in the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions, serving in that position for over 9 years.
Dr. Abel is the Director of the Counseling & Psychological Services Center at Weber State University, where she has worked for 14 years. A native of Southern California, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah. Dianna is a licensed psychologist who enjoys working with many of the developmental issues common to the college student experience, especially those related to identity, self-esteem, relationships, gender, and culture. For the past four years, she has volunteered on the NU-HOPE (Northern Utah – Hold On, Persuade, Empower) Suicide Prevention Task Force in Ogden, and she currently co-chairs the QPR education initiative responsible for training over 1,500 members of the community in the past year.
Tamara completed her bachelor’s degree at Weber State University (1982) and her master’s in social work degree at the University of Utah (1986). She completed the licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) requirements in 1988. She has worked primarily in the field of sexual abuse, treating both victims and perpetrators, but she also has extensive experience working with all forms of abuse, including domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, rape and assault.
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