3. Risk and Protective Factors

Some factors increase the risk for suicidal behavior in youth. It is important that educators are aware of these risk factors and can identify them in youth. Additionally, it is important to understand that risk factors do not necessarily mean that one may engage in suicidal behaviors.

Terri A. Erbacher, PhD; Clinical Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Author of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention
Matthew Wintersteen, PhD; Thomas Jefferson University; Executive Board, Prevent Suicide PA; Director, Pennsylvania Higher Education Suicide Prevention Coalition

Course Length: 30 minutes credit

Course Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify various behavioral, family, and environmental risk factors for youth suicide.
Participants will be able to identify various behavioral, family/social support, and school protective factors for youth suicide.
Participants will be able to describe the relationship between bullying and youth suicide.

Course Supplemental Material:

  1. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2012). The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide. Available here.
  2. Ryan, C. (2009). Supportive families, healthy children: Helping families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender children. San Francisco, CA: Family Acceptance Project, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, San Francisco State University. Available here.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What It Means for Schools. Available here.
  4. American Association of Suicidology. (2017). Youth Suicide Fact Sheet Based on 2015 Data. Available here.
  5. Facilitator Guide — COMING SOON!

Course Achievement: No certificate will be available for this class. Completion for this class will, however, show up on the user’s transcript. Once users complete the entire course (8 classes), they will be able to print a certificate.