Student management

Student Suicide Prevention: Building Resilience and Teaching Stress Reduction Techniques


While the suicide prevention program is essential to student well-being, so is the promotion of positive mental health and life skills.

Did you know that Walt Disney was fired from Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas?” How can we use lessons like these to build resilience in students as part of a suicide prevention effort?

While educational programs would be remiss not to include a suicide prevention program throughout a student’s schooling, using social-emotional components to promote positive mental health can go a long way in preventing suicide.

Join Christine Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, as she discusses promoting resilience and teaching stress reduction techniques to youth and young adults in an effort to reduce suicide rates in United States


Christine Harms, Director, Colorado School Safety Resource Center

Christine is a former teacher, private school administrator, mental health professional and trainer with over 40 years of experience working with young people, professionals and parents in schools, private practice and employment agencies. assistance to victims. She spent five years as the co-coordinator of a large suburban Philadelphia security center that was part of the first cohort for emergency response and crisis management grants in 2003.

She has trained professionals on issues such as violence prevention, school-based crisis response, suicide prevention and trauma. She taught victim studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Her undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Education and she earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Villanova University.

Ms. Harms has worked at the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) since 2009 and has served as CSSRC Director for the past ten years. She is also co-chair of the board of the National School Safety Alliance.

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