Increased Suicide Rates for U.S. Teens and Young Adults (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

29 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on May 18, 2020.

Training Overview
Youth suicide in the United States is on the rise and suicide is a leading cause of death for this population. Youth suicide is a public health challenge and requires a comprehensive approach to address its multiple risk and protective factors. Strategies with the best available evidence to prevent suicide range from strengthening economic supports of families, to reducing access to lethal means among people at risk, to promoting connectedness, teaching coping and problem-solving skills, and identifying and supporting people at risk.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Alex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Alex E. Crosby, was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is the son of Emeral and Corene Crosby and is a husband and father of four children. He graduated with a BA in chemistry from Fisk University, an MD from Howard University's School of Medicine, and an MPH in health administration and management from Emory University's School of Public Health. He completed training programs in Family Medicine then General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and epidemiology. He has responded to numerous public health emergencies and led investigative teams, addressing adolescent suicide clusters, civil unrest, school-associated violence, sniper attacks, firearm-related injuries due to celebratory shooting, Hurricane Rita, and Ebola. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications. His work as a medical epidemiologist focuses on prevention of suicidal behavior, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, interpersonal violence among adolescents, and assault injuries among minorities.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe why suicide is an important public health problem for adolescents and young adults.
  • identify the parts of the public health approach.
  • characterize patterns of suicide rates and circumstances associated suicides.
  • discuss strategies for preventing suicidal behavior.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Increased Suicide Rates for U.S. Teens and Young Adults
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