Preventing Suicide in Youth: The Role of Paraprofessionals

Preventing Suicide in Youth: The Role of Paraprofessionals 

Suicide among youth has been increasing for over a decade. The chances are high that as a paraprofessional, you will meet with teens and young adults who are at risk for suicide. However, it is important to bear in mind that suicide is preventable. With knowledge of risk factors and warning signs, you can help to identify young people with increased risk. By using tools that effectively reduce risk, you can enhance the safety of vulnerable, at-risk youth and save lives. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in health and human services settings with skills for recognizing risk factors of suicide and improving safety among at-risk youth.


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-BHC-0-PASRP
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide.
Summarize five steps you can use to promote safety for youth with increased risk of suicide.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Suicide Risk Among Youth

Meet Aidan

Supporting At-Risk Youth

Youth Suicide: Just How Big Is the Problem?

Myths About Suicide

What Are Risk Factors?

Specific Risk Factors

Quick Check

Warning Signs

Protective Factors



Section 3: Steps to Prevent Youth Suicide

Preventing Suicide is a Team Effort

Five Steps You Can Take to Save Lives

Step One: Ask

How Can You Promote Becca’s Safety?

Step Two: Keep Them Safe

Step Three: Be There

Next Steps for Becca

Step Four: Help Them Connect

Becca’s Safety Plan

Step Five: Follow Up



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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