August 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Virtual Event
Adolescent SBIRT Project (collaboration of NORC out of Chicago and the Hilton Foundation)

Addressing the Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

Scheduled Events: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 3pm-4:30pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT) – Register Now!

On-Demand Recording: Watch the On-Demand Recording

Presentation Slides: Download the Presentation Slide Deck for note-taking and future reference.

Certificate of Attendance: This webinar does not offer continuing education credits, but we can provide you with a free certificate of attendance for your records by completing this brief online application.

Description: Deaths by overdose and suicide continue to increase despite state and national efforts.  Individuals with substance use disorders are at increased risk for suicide.  Efforts to jointly address substance use and suicide are warranted.  This webinar describes suicide risk among those who misuse substances and details multiple strategies for joint prevention, intervention, and treatment in the community and in various service settings.

Learning Objectives: As a result of participating in this webinar, you will:
  • Describe how substance use and suicide are related;
  • List ways in which communities can implement prevention strategies targeting substance misuse and suicide;
  • Explain a method of jointly addressing substance misuse and suicide risk in general health care settings; and
  • Describe how substance use disorder treatment providers may identify and intervene with patients at increased risk of suicide.

Brett Harris, DrPH, Director of Public Health Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

In this role, Dr. Harris oversees initiatives related to schools, colleges/universities, communities, and the relationship between substance use and suicide and works with large health systems and community providers to integrate suicide safer care into multiple service settings.

Dr. Harris is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health where she is designing a course in suicide prevention and collaborating on alcohol and drug prevention and early intervention projects. Prior to joining OMH and the University at Albany, Dr. Harris developed, implemented, and evaluated alcohol and drug Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) projects with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Dr. Harris serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association and was selected for the de Beaumont Foundation’s inaugural cohort of 40 under 40 Public Health Leaders. Dr. Harris received her Doctor and Master of Public Health from the University at Albany and her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Moderated by:
Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.
Attendee Questions: View the Questions from Attendees and Answers from Presenters asked during this presentation.
Questions? Feedback? Reach out to Tracy McPherson (Principal Investigator), Hildie Cohen (Project Manager), or the full team.

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