Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention
Monday, March 14, 2011
9am to 12 noon
Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
368 Tioga Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

*This workshop will also be presented as a webinar. For access information, write to linda@nepdec.org. It will also be archived on the NEPDEC website for access at your convenience.

Patricia Lunt, Ph.D.
Director
Student Mental Health and Behavior
Northern Virginia Community College

The suicide rate in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties is higher than the state and national average. For gay and lesbian teens and other young adults the rate is even higher. This workshop will
• look at a comprehensive approach to creating a suicide safe community,
• use a strategic action planning process to explore specific programs designed for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide, and
• look at 4 different program levels with practical applications for your institution.
Lunt, who is a certified ASIST trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) will also discuss this program.

Dr. Patricia Lunt is the Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior Services, and a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, a school with eight campuses and more than 50,000 students. Lunt brings over 15 years of unique experience in higher education, having served as a faculty member and counselor. She has held the position of dean of students and dean of student affairs, and is nationally recognized for the suicide prevention programs she has designed and implemented. In addition to her role at the College, Pat is the executive director of ACCESS Hope, a non-profit designed to provide mental health services to underserved populations. She recently helped revise a national curriculum for addressing dating violence on college campuses. Lunt has her bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University, her master of arts from George Washington, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

There is limited space for this workshop, so please reserve your spot by emailing jennie@nepdec.org.


About

NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.