2013 Annual Risky Business Conf Presentation, Ames IA. Story, lessons, and tools from loss of 3 Mount Vernon Iowa students to suicide – perspectives of school Superintendent, Counselor, Police Officer, TV News Director & Community Resiliency Project CEO Dr. Mollie Marti.
Teen suicide is a community issue, not a school issue. We must create partnerships between school, police, media, local mental health providers, businesses, and all community members with an eye on our primary goal and responsibility: Building community-wide safety nets to save and strengthen youth.
We provided toolkits on the topics of school crisis response, suicide intervention protocols, media relations, and community school partnerships and shared our research-based ECCE Resiliency Model that guides youth builders to engage, connect, challenge, and enrich youth.
We build resiliency by intentionally seeking to engage each child where he or she is, connect them with trusted adults, challenge them to grow, and enrich them toward wholeness. Model and Resources at http://www.communityresiliencyproject.org.