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Addressing the Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment (from Adolescent SBIRT)

Suicide risk among those who misuse substances and details multiple strategies for joint prevention

  • Date: -  
  • Introduction: Presented by the Addictions Technology Transfer Center (time listed in PDT)

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. Learn more and register here.

Presenter: 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


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