I was honored to be one of the opening keynote suicide prevention speakers at this youth summit with Christopher Thomas Veal, in February 2021. The focus was to get together stakeholders across the USA and create a blueprint for how healthcare systems can come together to prevent youth suicide.
Chris and I represented the voices of lived experience. How did I see things from the perspective of a parent who had a child who struggled and died by suicide? How did Chris see things from the perspective of someone who struggled?
The following presentations and small workgroups were very productive and I do hope we see the results of that blueprint. this year.
See the summary of the multi-day event in an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics– ‘It’s everybody’s problem’: Goal to end youth suicide unites experts, organizations.
Opening Session: Setting the Stage Thursday, February 4th, 2021 1:00-1:50 ET Welcome and General Summit Overview.
Welcome Remarks: Lee Savio Beers MD FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics (5 min)
Christine Moutier MD Chief Medical Officer; American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (5 min)
Shelli Avenevoli PhD, Deputy Director, National Institute of Mental Health (5 min)
Opening Session: The Impact of Suicide on Youth and Families Christopher Thomas Veal, (Young adult representative- lived experience) (10 min)
Anne Moss Rogers, (Parent representative- lived experience) (10 min)
Overview of AAP Suicide Prevention Work Debra Waldron MD MPH FAAP, Senior Vice President; American Academy of Pediatrics (5 min)