Webinar tester

The goal of the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts among Massachusetts residents. We seek to raise awareness of suicide as a public health problem. The Program provides support to community agencies, education and training for professionals and caregivers, and funds programs working with youth, veterans and older adults.

To that end, beginning in September 2010, the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program developed a webinar series designed to provide additional education, awareness, and information on suicide prevention and related topics of interest to providers and consumers throughout the Commonwealth. Below you will find descriptions as well as transcripts and closed captioned videos for each webinar.


Webinar 1: 9.23.2010
That’s So Gay: Preventing and Addressing Anti-Gay and All Forms of Bullying

The That’s So Gay: Preventing and Addressing Anti-Gay and All Forms of Bullying webinar was presented by Marisa Howard-Karp, Program Director of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Project. This webinar focused on increasing understanding of the impact of bullying and harassment among youth in schools, youth-serving communities, and communities at-large.


Webinar 2: 10.29.2010

Standing in the Shadow of Love: The Role of the Black Church in Youth Suicide Prevention Webinar

The Standing in the Shadow of Love: The Role of the Black Church in Youth Suicide Prevention webinar was presented by Dr. Sherry Davis Molock, Associate Professor of Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This webinar helped participants understand the cultural and religious challenges associated with talking about suicide in the African American community. In addition, participants learned practical solutions to help faith-based communities with other community based organizations and mental health professionals develop suicide prevention programs in African American churches.


Webinar 3: 11.18.2010
Battlemind Webinar

The Battlemind webinar was presented by Kevin Lambert, Special Population Outreach, of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. The “military mindset” of a service member is often times not easily understood by their civilian counterparts. Understanding the reintegration process of a returned service member is often difficult without understanding the transition they are making from “solider to civilian.” Therefore, this webinar helped providers have a better understanding of the psychological and social stressors endured by service members both during their deployment and upon returning home as well as providing information on how families can better assist and cope with the process.


Webinar 6: 3.22.2010
Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Supporting Transgender Communities Webinar

The Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Supporting Transgender Communities webinar was presented by Gunner Scott, the Executive Director of The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and a nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on Transgender Rights, LGBT health issues, and LGBT partner abuse. This workshop provided an overview of transgender cultural information, specific data, experiences, and needs of transgender people with regards to suicidality, suicide prevention, and intervention. Participants left with tools and skills to support transgender people so they may access their services or call their hotline.


Webinar 5: 1.25.2010
Cyberbullying Webinar

The Cyberbullying webinar was presented by Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., Founder & Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University. This webinar focused on the causes of abusive (bullying) behaviors in children, with a particular emphasis on cyberbullying, Internet Safety, and cyber-risk behaviors.


Webinar 6: 3.22.2010
Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Supporting Transgender Communities Webinar

The Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Supporting Transgender Communities webinar was presented by Gunner Scott, the Executive Director of The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and a nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on Transgender Rights, LGBT health issues, and LGBT partner abuse. This workshop provided an overview of transgender cultural information, specific data, experiences, and needs of transgender people with regards to suicidality, suicide prevention, and intervention. Participants left with tools and skills to support transgender people so they may access their services or call their hotline.


Webinar 7: 6.1.2011
Youth Suicide and the School Environment

The Youth Suicide and the School Environment webinar was presented by Dr. Larry Berkowitz, Director of the Riverside Trauma Center, Rachel Corbitt and Jahnathen Lopez-Peoples, former students at the City on a Hill Charter Public School in Roxbury, Massachusetts. This webinar provided an overview of adolescent suicide prevention and postvention responses that educators and school staff can use to better support youth in crisis and promote mental health within a school environment.


Webinar 8: 9.13.11
Grief and Healing after Suicide

The Grief and Healing after Suicide webinar provided an overview of the unique grief of survivors (those who have lost someone to suicide) and the unique supports needed to help heal after a suicide loss. The webinar addressed many of the issues that the newly bereaved face including: Why did this happen? How do I cope? Where can I find support? In addition, participants will gain more information on what we currently know about suicide and grief and what resources currently exist.


Webinar 9: 12.2.11
Veterans, Military Personnel, and Suicide Prevention

The Veterans, Military Personnel, and Suicide webinar was presented by John Rodolico, Ph.D., Director of Adolescent Addictions Training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. This webinar outlined the recent trends of suicide in the military and present techniques and policies used in the past and present showing how the military has adjusted to the recent increase in suicide. Included in the webinar will be a discussion on how to recognize the signs of suicide not only with military personnel but also returning veterans including National Guard and Reserve soldiers. Finally, there was a discussion about the military culture and the work being done to remove the stigma of getting help.

Webinar 10: 12.16.11
Grief after Suicide: Walking the Journey with Survivors

The Grief after Suicide: Walking the Journey with Survivors webinar was presented by John Jordan, Ph.D., FT, a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA, and Pawtucket, RI, who specializes in working with loss and bereavement. This webinar discussed some of the unique challenges of suicide loss for mourners and for those who would help them. In this webinar, Dr. Jordan addressed some of the central concerns that most survivors bring to therapy, and the themes that caregivers must help survivors address. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least four themes in bereavement after suicide.
  2. Describe common psychological recovery tasks for suicide survivors.
  3. Identify broad clinical guidelines for work with mourners after a suicide.