The changing landscape of youth suicide and suicidal behavior: An examination of racial differences and risk factors [Kessler-Freedheim Lecture]

Event Date:
November 3rd 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Photograph of Arielle Sheftall, a Black woman with closely cropped hair and glasses, wearing a gray suit and smiling at the camera
2021-2022 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture

Dr. Arielle Sheftall, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the Suicide Prevention and Research Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will be the featured speaker for this year's Kessler-Freedheim Lecture.  Youth suicide and suicidal behavior have increased over the past decade and suicide is still the second leading cause of death for youth 10-19 years old.  Racial disparities have been discovered recently when examining youth suicide, but research focused on minoritized youth is limited.  Dr. Sheftall will present the current epidemiology of suicide/suicidal behavior by sex and race, and discuss potential avenues for intervention.

Psychologist and author Dr. Lisa Damour (Schubert Center Advisor; Clinical Instructor, Psychological Sciences) will moderate a conversation following the lecture with respondents Archie Green (Founder & CEO, Peel Dem Layers Back) and Dr. Lisa Ramirez (Pediatric Psychology Specialist at MetroHealth; Associate Professor, School of Medicine). A light lunch will be served to attendees in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road, and a Zoom webinar is also available for remote viewing.

Free and open to the community

The Kessler-Freedheim lecture honors Dr. Jane Kessler, Professor of Psychology and former director of the Mental Development Center, and Dr. Donald Freedheim, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Schubert Center.

Campus Partners: Department of Psychological SciencesJack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on CampusUniversity Health and Counseling Services

Community Partners: ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County; Applewood Centers, IncBellefaire JCB; FrontLine Service; Highland SpringsNorthern Ohio Recovery AssociationOhio Suicide Prevention FoundationPeel Dem Layers Back, Positive Education Program (as of 10/6/21)