Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

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

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 2pm-3:30pm ET (1CT/12MT/11PT)

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 3pm-4:30pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT) 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 12pm-1:30pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)

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 be able to:

1) Describe how substance use and suicide are related

2) List ways in which communities can implement prevention strategies targeting substance misuse and suicide
3) Explain a method of jointly addressing substance misuse and suicide risk in general health care settings
4) Describe how substance use disorder treatment providers may identify and intervene with patients at increased risk of suicide

Presented by: Brett Harris, DrPH, is the 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 teaches a course in suicide prevention and collaborates 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

Continuing Education Credits: 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.


Produced in Partnership:

This presentation is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,216,039 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.